Like in the famous TV show "The Dragon’s Den", the so-called ES Challenge took place in the course "Embedded Systems" in the bachelor's degree program Mechatronics-Medical Technologies. In this year's final pitch, two teams were voted into first place.
Like in the famous TV show "The Dragon’s Den", the so-called “Embedded Systems-Challenge” took place in the course "Embedded Systems" in the bachelor's degree program Mechatronics-Medical Technologies. In this year's final pitch, two teams were voted into first place. During this “ES-Challenge” technical projects are developed and implemented within the course, on topics chosen by the students themselves. The projects are then pitched in a presentation like on the well-known TV show “The Dragon’s Den”.
This year the presentations were provided in the form of a video that all ES Challenge participants could view. They were able to choose a concept provided by their fellow students and nominate it as the winner. This year, two teams were voted into first place with the projects called "Bionic Hand" and "Sleepwell".
Both concepts are dealing with complex problems and produced impressive solutions.
The "Bionic Hand" project team, consisting of Jonna Golks, Ephraim Westenberger, Ruben Stein and Jasmin Eder, recreated a human hand. Many electronic parts, the templates for the 3D printed parts and the mechanical components were all provided by an open-source project. In this way, the basic structure of the bionic hand could already be solved in advance. The team then worked on controlling the hand and visualising the respective movements by using a display. In addition, the students developed a way to recognise gestures using a camera.
The second winning team, consisting of Patrick Sekmen, Vanessa Lukasser and Patrick Kamenschek, worked on the project "Sleepwell". The idea for the project concept was forwarded by Patrick Sekmen, who is a father himself. The idea was to develop an open system that would calm babies after they woke up in the night to relieve the parents. The team dealt with the processing of sound data, the configuration of the resulting reactions, the visualisation of the configuration as well as the settings of the actuators for calming, such as an MP3 player, a motor, light and a display.
In an award ceremony, the winners were then presented with a "winner's trophy" and documents by the course director Bernhard Hollaus for their extraordinary achievements.
Pitch-Video "Bionic Hand"