Sheridan SDNE Capstone - 2020 Industry and Community Projects

This page provides a list of potential projects from Sheridan's industry and community partners.
To be considered for these projects, please email your team's preferred projects to both Prof Hogan and Prof Wang. Your email must explain the reason for your interest.
Please also note that some hardware could be provided for your capstone projects, including Raspberry Pi's with touch screens and enclosures, wireless remote tags (movement, temperature etc.) with LAN adapter, and Aduinio hardware.

Project Description Note
Game with real-time feedback to teach children yoga-like poses: A non-profit organization with the goal to promote healthy/appropriate athletic movement in children through exercise programs is looking for students to develop an interactive and catchy video game to teach children yoga-like poses (static/quasi-static) using real-time feedback on the screen. With technologies like (Microsoft) Kinect, the game would capture the children movements, and encourage them to maintain the right postures for a duration of time. Desirable outcome of the capstone project would be a successful and functional prototype. Email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang
Crowdsourcing Platform for Sheridan EDGE: Sheridan is full of creative and innovative individuals who have amazing ideas about how to make our community a better place. But as the American businesswoman Mary Kay Ash said, “Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.” Sheridan EDGE (Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine) supports changemakers and aspiring entrepreneurs at Sheridan and in our communities. We help make the implementation of ideas a reality, and now we want the community to have a say in what gets supported. Help EDGE build a platform to showcase entrepreneurial ideas, changemaking ventures, and disruptive startups that are changing society and the economy. We’re looking for ways to democratize entrepreneurship and allow the community to vote for the best ideas. The selected ideas would be supported by EDGE with funding, mentorship, training and workspace. Email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang
Digital Signage and Video Streaming SaaS (Software as a Service) Platform: Students interested in working with video encoding software/hardware would be asked to create a SaaS platform to capture and display video/graphic/text content at multiple client locations. Students must be willing to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). The objective is to create a cloud-based all-in-one digital signage and video streaming package with the capabilities for add-on modules in future versions. Preferred approach would be to integrate open source software packages. * Digital Signage at the client location(s) will show appropriate information for visitors as well as streaming produced and real-time videos. * Professional video cameras either portable or permanently mounted connected that is connected to either a PC running encoder software or an hardware based encoder at the client location(s) will be scheduled to either archive or streamed live (or both) to digital signage or Internet (or both) (requiring credentials control). * The client-location live/archive encoder software, client-location control panel and/or app must be intuitive, scalable, user-friendly and fully documented in-line* The SaaS server administrator panel (requiring credentials control) must be intuitive, scalable, user-friendly and fully documented in-line NDA is needed, email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang
IPTV Solution: Students interested in video encoding software/hardware would be asked to create an all-in-one IPTV platform. Students must be willing to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The objectives are: *to create a local or cloud-based system IPTV solution made to be used by ISPs (Internet Service Providers), WISPs (Wireless Internet Service Providers) and MDUs (Multi-Dwelling Units such as hotels, motels, condos and apartment buildings) with the capabilities for add-on modules in future versions. Preferred approach would be to integrate open source software packages. * IPTV system at the client location(s) will show TV styled channels either live or on-demand (based on CRTC regulated channel listings that the client has obtained licensing from the content providers). * Over-the-Air signals, Satellite Signals, Video-over-Fibre Signals and IP streaming signals (depending on client needs of obtaining licensed signals) to be multiplexed into a user-friendly “TV interface” available on all popular mobile devices, media players and Smart TVs. * This IPTV decoder interface ideally would be app-based for the Android, Android TV, iOS and Roku platforms as well as HTML5 embed coding for use within a client’s TV website. * The live/archive encoder software (requiring credentials control) must be intuitive, scalable, user-friendly and fully documented in-line. *The middleware software panel and server administrator panel (requiring credentials control) must be intuitive, scalable, user-friendly and fully documented in-line. *The app software must be intuitive, user-friendly and fully documented in-line. NDA is needed, email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang
Indoor exercise/obstacle course scoreboard: An indoor obstacle course (combining rock climbing and parkour skills) previously had a timing system based on a light gate at the start, and button at the end. Would be great to have a solution with a scoreboard at the course as well as updating automatically an online scoreboard. Email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang
Check in/out of space using proximity cards: Sheridan EDGE (Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine) currently has visitors sign in by looking up their names. It would be wonderful to have the option of signing in and out with the Sheridan oneCard. EDGE could potentially fund a USB HID card reader for the project. Additional scope for the project would be using it to track attendance to events. This project has been claimed.
Dog sizing app: Dog rescue agencies are always trying to get supplies ready for dogs that they haven't met, often with incomplete information. Think about trying to shop for clothes for someone you've never met based on a vague description. An app could come up with a guess based on incomplete information, using data gathered from adopters (e.g. a 60lb dog normally has a 16inch neck, but add 20% it is a bull dog, -20% if it is a greyhound) . Email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang
Catalogs-viewing website: Looking for entrepreneurial students interested in 20th century social and buying habits. Objective is to display vintage mail order catalogues from Eatons and Simpsons/Sears (1960s ~ 1990s) and to generate revenue to sustain hosting costs. Email expression of interest to Profs Hogan and Wang

The following list contains potential ideas for projects. They do not have sponsors and can be modified by teams.
To prevent duplication of efforts, please email Profs Hogan and Wang to express your interest as well your desired modifications to the project.

Project Suggestions
Differently-abled gaming: Tools and methods to allow differently-abled individuals to compete fairly in video games. Example: playing fortnite as a deaf person, maybe a second screen shows analysis of the sound, Red means you got hurt, purple footsteps?
CrossFit / bootcamp timing system: Traditional group training sessions are run by a trainer with the stopwatch and a loud voice… trainers often strain to be louder than music, or run back to a stereo to turn down the music every time they need to yell instructions. It would be great if trainers could have a remote to control the music volume, and initiate common phrases like "half way" and "stop". Having a large screen would be very helpful for those hard of hearing, or many a green light/res light?
Smart alarm clock: As a student you would be aware not everyone has to get up at the same time every day. Some days you might have an early class, and others you can sleep later after working hard all night. Wouldn't it be great if your alarm clock looked at your schedule? Even better if it could check for class cancellations as well. Is transit/traffic running slow? Maybe it should wake you up a bit earlier. Maybe you could slowly turn the lights on to make the waking up feel more natural?
Fast secure Wi-Fi You may have noticed that on occasion Wi-Fi hotspot is inconsistent. I would love to have a little plug-in device that would be my own portable access point whenever you are at a location with wired Internet (if this does not violate Acceptable Usage Policy). This would allow Wi-Fi devices such as phone, watch, laptop to connect to this portable AP. Even better if it has VPN built in for security, and an app on my phone that tells me if it disconnects so they don't accidentally leave without it.
Bad/out of range Wi-Fi one would like to be able to disconnect from a bad wifi connection for a set period of time, and have it automatically reconnect. Example: walking out of the house and down the street, there may be one to two minutes of zero Internet service as the device tries to use home Wi-Fi until giving up and using cellular.
Home security system: Builders are in the habit of installing wired alarm system in all new homes, but very often they are not used. Wouldn't it be good to use the existing wiring and hook up something like a Raspberry Pi? Insurance companies give a 10% discount on home insurance if you have a monitored system, if you sell a subscription to a system it could pay for itself.
Package theft box: Courier package theft is a huge issue, what ways can technology be used to prevent this?
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