College of Engineering


Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering




Richard Murray


There are many instances in day-to-day life where people cannot or would rather not pay full attention to their surroundings. Walking while preoccupied with a smartphone or walking while blind are excellent examples where technology could be used to make the task of avoiding 2collisions reactive, instead of proactive. A device which monitors a user’s surroundings and notifies the user when a potential collision is detected (and, additionally, notifying them as to where the obstacle is with respect to them) could be used to make walking distracted less of a hazard for the user and those around the user and potentially improve navigation for the visually impaired. The device will connect with the smartphone via bluetooth and the information sent by the device will be displayed over a smartphone app, and haptic feedback for the visually impaired. The device should be rechargeable, self-contained, small enough to connect to a smartphone, and it should be able to communicate with any smartphone that has bluetooth capability making the device universal.