Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Childhood obesity is becoming a growing problem in the United States. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years . It can lead to health problems previously reserved for adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. For the team WiiHopp project, we plan to turn a JumpSport mini-trampoline into a controller for the Nintendo Wii console. The hope is to help turn the problem of video games and the laziness surrounding them into an active solution to combat the problem of childhood obesity.
Our goal is to produce an add-on device for a mini-trampoline capable of interfacing with a gaming console. The device should be able to recognize typical trampoline motions, such as bouncing, stepping, and running along with bounce frequency and height. This will be done by integrating a series of sensors designing to interpret these motions. The device will then produce an output recognizable by the gaming system, thus allowing the user to use their trampoline to play their video games.