College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

William Ahlgren, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


There is a wide variety of times when it is unacceptable to be using a smartphone, and this device could help to minimize when people are using their devices. People have become more and more reliant on their various pieces of technology such as their smartphones, and are often using them when they should be paying attention in class, attending an important meeting, watching a movie, or should just be present to their other surroundings. A device that could detect the use of smartphones at these inopportune times would be something that would benefit a wide variety of people.

The goal of this project is to build a smartphone detector that is capable of detecting nearby smartphones that are using different features. The capability of this will be to alert the user of the smartphone detector if a nearby phone is making a call or text message within a certain radius of the user. This could also be further developed to allow for the detection of different applications such as recording applications or other targeted applications. Some possible applications for this detector would include locating lost smartphones that are nearby, detecting unauthorized use of smartphones in classroom settings, or detecting unwanted recordings or videotaping. It has a wide variety of uses and could be a useful tool as the world moves more and more virtual. Some of the cool features of this device will include a dial to adjust the detection radius, a user interface that will indicate the different types of signals that are being detected by the device, and other personalized touches to ensure that the device is as user-friendly and useful as possible. This is a valuable tool that could be widely used and appreciated for all of the services that it provides.