June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computing & Information Technology
24.234.1 - 24.234.18
Abstract Bluetooth Smart Phone App for Terrain Sensing VehicleHow we communicate usually determines the success with which our message is received,understood, or even accepted. Many universities are faced with the challenges of attracting newhigh school graduates, getting them engaged, and enhancing their skill-set. Today’s studentsprefer multi-tasking, learn better in social contexts, and thrive on smart phone apps andcyberspace. These smart phone apps can be used as a medium to expose students tonontraditional topics not covered in conventional software courses.As most of today’s technology is heading toward wireless communication, new techniques mustbe developed to effectively design and create applications that are able to use this wirelesstechnology. Students at our university have designed and tested a Terrain Sensing Vehicle. Thepurpose of this paper is to develop an iPhone application that can connect with a Terrain SensingVehicle via Bluetooth technology and control the vehicle from a remote location, allowing theuser to change settings on the fly. With this smart phone application, it will be possible to controlthe vehicle from up to 30 feet away. It is expected that this application will help reduce the directphysical interaction required in traditional settings between the vehicle and a human. The vehiclewill be able to be placed anywhere and will enable user to remotely control and change thevehicle operating modes. The intent of this paper is to document our experience in designing andoperating the student’s capstone senior project contest. As such this paper concerns problemsolved and lessons learned while conducting this design contest. The goal of this paper is to passon information useful to anyone contemplating related work, where similar occurrences arelikely. This paper will attempt to demonstrate that building smart phone applications is not justlimited to games, but students can also use build applications that inform and educate.
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