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Old 02-01-2013, 12:03 AM   #1
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Hey guys I am looking for some input or creative ideas for my senior capstone project. I am a senior at Eastern Kentucky University studying Network Security & Electronics. One of my final classes is called 'Senior Capstone.' Where basically, I decide on a project and work all semester on it to complete. It is preferred to be something innovative and useful dealing with either Networking, Computer systems, and/or Electronics.

My first project idea was that I wanted to incorporate my Megasquirt build that I am completing, but I have to figure out some type of modification or alteration to make it unique and either helpful/solve a problem. I was thinking about maybe building a PC with a double DIN touch screen that would control and monitor the Megasquirt, but my biggest concern is powering it. Obviously it would suck to have to boot up and shut down each drive. Maybe a windows tablet would work but mounting it would be a problem, also I don't think it would support tuner studio.

I am just asking if anyone has cool ideas, related or unrelated that I could consider for my senior project.

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Design an AVB-compatible ethernet switch with 48 10/100/1000 ports and the ability to chain three units together in a ring with at least 100 GB inter-switch capacity. It would be preferable to use commodity FPGAs such as the Xilinx Kintex or Virtex series.

Don't worry about the power supplies or enclosure- I will provide those.
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We took 1900's era magneto telephones and hooked them up to a VoIP network. Complete with turning the crank to take it off hook and voice recognition for your operator.
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My first project idea was that I wanted to incorporate my Megasquirt build that I am completing, but I have to figure out some type of modification or alteration to make it unique and either helpful/solve a problem. I was thinking about maybe building a PC with a double DIN touch screen that would control and monitor the Megasquirt, but my biggest concern is powering it. Obviously it would suck to have to boot up and shut down each drive. Maybe a windows tablet would work but mounting it would be a problem, also I don't think it would support tuner studio.
How about doing this with a windows phone? Careful about doing school related things on the topic of something car related. This usually ended up making me go in a direction that didn't satisfy the requisites of the task I had been given.
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Create a cheap/easy to use stand alone boost controller.
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THE PROBLEM:
All too often I find myself reading something on my desktop computer that I'm really interested in when I feel a big healthy turd wanting to get out - or when I'm trying to take whats on my display to anywhere else in my house (cooking recpies to the kitchen / youtube vids to the living room / etc.) And there is no "bridge" in the gap between the extreme "ease of use" of my desktop computer, and the convenience and portability of my tablet.

Solution:

Create a computer interface solution that functions just as any normal desktop computer - except that when I'm reading something that I'm really interested in, I can slip the monitor off of the "monitor dock" and take it with me to the crapper, or into the living room to sit and play in front of the TV. The displaydock would transmit video wirelessly to the display. You'll want to use a touchscreen interface as designed on windows 8 compatible monitors so that when you take your battery powered display to the living room, you still have full control. All processing capabilities are handled by the desktop computer, it simply transmits A/V wirelessly to the display, and the display transmits mouse/keyboard commands to the desktop computer.

ALTERNATIVELY -

create a NFC station that connects to my computer via USB, and when I've got that turtlehead poking out in the middle of reading an article i simply wave my nexus tablet near the NFC sender and the website that I'm looking at opens on the page and location that I'm currently viewing on my display with cookies/login/user information transferred simultaneously.
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Raspberry pi type ms3 interface. Cheap and doable, but not so basic as to not be a project.
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ALTERNATIVELY -

create a NFC station that connects to my computer via USB, and when I've got that turtlehead poking out in the middle of reading an article i simply wave my nexus tablet near the NFC sender and the website that I'm looking at opens on the page and location that I'm currently viewing on my display with cookies/login/user information transferred simultaneously.
That kind of already exists, kind of. Look up chrome to phone, only works for web stuff and not apps but its a start. Except not nfc, it does it through the google servers.
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Design an AVB-compatible ethernet switch with 48 10/100/1000 ports and the ability to chain three units together in a ring with at least 100 GB inter-switch capacity. It would be preferable to use commodity FPGAs such as the Xilinx Kintex or Virtex series.

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Yeah cause that's do-able Ain't nobody got time for that. There are 24 port 10/100/1000 AVB switches available if you really want one. like $1300 or some shii. It won't have the bells and whistles you prefer though.
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How about doing this with a windows phone? Careful about doing school related things on the topic of something car related. This usually ended up making me go in a direction that didn't satisfy the requisites of the task I had been given.
Haha I know what you mean. My professor made this very broad and I've already talked to him about some stuff. It would be alright.
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Yeah cause that's do-able Ain't nobody got time for that. There are 24 port 10/100/1000 AVB switches available if you really want one. like $1300 or some shii.
At the moment, there is only one. It's made by BSS Audio, and its SFP transceivers are only 1Gb. That will be fine for development, and adequate for very small networks, but it's not even remotely close to being scalable for larger systems.

The Cisco crowd have been fan-wanking about AVB support on the Catalyst 4500E, which would be totally awesome, except that Cisco themselves seem to have no intention of actually building it in the foreseeable future.
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Raspberry pi type ms3 interface. Cheap and doable, but not so basic as to not be a project.
I have a friend that is thinking about using raspberry pi for something. I didn't even think about this. I might look into it, seems doable if Tuner Studio has good linux support.

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Create a cheap/easy to use stand alone boost controller.
Like the integrated electronic one DIYautone has for sale?

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THE PROBLEM:
All too often I find myself reading something on my desktop computer that I'm really interested in when I feel a big healthy turd wanting to get out - or when I'm trying to take whats on my display to anywhere else in my house (cooking recpies to the kitchen / youtube vids to the living room / etc.) And there is no "bridge" in the gap between the extreme "ease of use" of my desktop computer, and the convenience and portability of my tablet.

Solution:

Create a computer interface solution that functions just as any normal desktop computer - except that when I'm reading something that I'm really interested in, I can slip the monitor off of the "monitor dock" and take it with me to the crapper, or into the living room to sit and play in front of the TV. The displaydock would transmit video wirelessly to the display. You'll want to use a touchscreen interface as designed on windows 8 compatible monitors so that when you take your battery powered display to the living room, you still have full control. All processing capabilities are handled by the desktop computer, it simply transmits A/V wirelessly to the display, and the display transmits mouse/keyboard commands to the desktop computer.

ALTERNATIVELY -

create a NFC station that connects to my computer via USB, and when I've got that turtlehead poking out in the middle of reading an article i simply wave my nexus tablet near the NFC sender and the website that I'm looking at opens on the page and location that I'm currently viewing on my display with cookies/login/user information transferred simultaneously.
As cool as that could be, I lack the funding and the 's to complete such a task.
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Like the integrated electronic one DIYautone has for sale?
DIY doesn't offer anything like that. I'm talking completely separate from Megasquirt, just an easy to use stand alone boost controller. Like things that Greddy/Apexi/etc. offer, but perhaps at a better price point (if possible).
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I am in the same boat except I dont have to make something. I either need to do a project which implements a solution that benefits my organization or do a research paper on a topic of my choosing related to strategic initiatives. Has to be publishing worthy when its done. I have to submit the title on tuesday and a prospectus a week after that, final product is do sometime in may. I am scared.
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I am in the same boat except I dont have to make something. I either need to do a project which implements a solution that benefits my organization or do a research paper on a topic of my choosing related to strategic initiatives. Has to be publishing worthy when its done. I have to submit the title on tuesday and a prospectus a week after that, final product is do sometime in may. I am scared.
What are you studying? Just doing a research paper would suck.
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My thoughts, if you want to keep it miata.

Design a warning system like what I'm trying to do in my build thread, but instead of taking the shitty/easy/heavy approach like I am, make the brains of it work on a micro controller. Basically it's a warning system that monitors a lot of things, and tells you if they go out of spec. Coolant temp and pres, fuel pres, oil temp and pres, knock, SC belt slip, AFR, EGT, trans temp, diff temp, etc. Has green/yellow/red indicator system.
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My thoughts, if you want to keep it miata.

Design a warning system like what I'm trying to do in my build thread, but instead of taking the shitty/easy/heavy approach like I am, make the brains of it work on a micro controller. Basically it's a warning system that monitors a lot of things, and tells you if they go out of spec. Coolant temp and pres, fuel pres, oil temp and pres, knock, SC belt slip, AFR, EGT, trans temp, diff temp, etc. Has green/yellow/red indicator system.
Bump from the grave??

What you just described is exactly what I'm working on now. a whole bunch of temps and pressures and other goodies with a custom threshold and stage warning lights for each. Plus with all the inputs and can do control systems too such as water meth or intercooler misting.

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Bump from the grave??

What you just described is exactly what I'm working on now. a whole bunch of temps and pressures and other goodies with a custom threshold and stage warning lights for each. Plus with all the inputs and can do control systems too such as water meth or intercooler misting.

HAHAHAH. I swear I just saw a link at the bottom of the page, something about college so I clicked it, thought it was a list of the last post.... Didn't know this was that old! lol. But yes, I'm building a warning system to, I'll PM ya, maybe we can swap ideas.
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Bump from the grave??

What you just described is exactly what I'm working on now. a whole bunch of temps and pressures and other goodies with a custom threshold and stage warning lights for each. Plus with all the inputs and can do control systems too such as water meth or intercooler misting.

Aw **** man, me too. Mine can also control the fuel and spark of the engine too! I'm struggling for a name, I think I'll call it megasquirtandspark.
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