Have you ever been sitting in a restaurant waiting for the wait staff to come and refill your drink or warm your coffee? Montgomery County Community College students have come up with an interactive drink coaster that responds to weight and temperature that could end your cold coffee frustration.
The interactive coaster was just one of many creative and innovative projects demonstrated by MCCC students on May 2 at Tech Connect, a semiannual showcase of final projects by students in Computer Science, Engineering and Game Design.
A sample of other projects on display at Tech Connect include a high-tech version of the game Rock-Paper-Scissors which a person could play against a machine using gesture recognition technology, a mobile app that allows emergency medical personnel to pick up your iPhone if you’ve lost consciousness and display your vital contact and medical information, and a program that uses a device that reads gestures to translate American Sign Language movements into text. There was also a Smart Spotlight project which automated the use of professional lighting systems by having the computer recognize and track the subject then move and focus the spotlight to follow them.
“Tech Connect provides students with the opportunity to showcase the projects they worked so hard on this semester,” said Dr. Kendall Martin, professor of Computer Science. “It also helps to encourage our first-semester students by showing them just how close they are to doing work that could really help improve people’s lives.”
Photos by Sandi Yanisko and Dr. Kendall Martin