Senior Design 05-06: Team 10
Stream Come True
Our project will use handheld computer systems to stream audio and control video streams from a centralized media storage network. Cayvan library media will be accessible via streaming audio over the library's wireless network. The audio will stream and playback through a handheld audio computer. Any media available on the library's media server will be accessible via the user interface on the handheld device.
The video aspect of the project will be implemented using thin client computers wired to the library's LAN (Local Area Network). The thin client systems will be controlled by the handheld computer via bluetooth. This will allow the user (when they are near a video display system) to select any available video media from the menu on the handheld computer. After making this selection, the video will display on the thin client computer.
This project has several advantages for the Cayvan media center. It will allow for media to be stored in a centralized server, eliminating the need for large amounts of physical media (VHS tapes, DVD's, etc.) The system will also allow for an increase of capacity in the Cayvan area, since the system could potentially eliminate the need for seperate video viewing rooms.
Our team is composed of four Electrical and computer Engineers: Andrew Oosterhouse, Ben Bufford, Jermey Gajadhar, and Nick Goote.
Status Update (4/19/06): The team is making good progress towards producing a finished prototype by May 6th (the date of the senior design banquet.) So far, we have integrated the LCD screen into the prototype design, and are working on getting the Bluetooth and audio output operational. After that, we plan to send our final board design out to PCB Express, who has generously agreed to fabricate our board for us at reduced cost.
At this point, the team is optimistic that we will (at the very least) be able to demonstrate a prototype which proves the concept behind our design. Overall, the entire team is excited to show the project off on May 6th!
Click the link below to view our PPFS.
Project Proposal and Feasibility Study (PPFS)