IT students innovate remote-operated car, invent driving “Smart Stick” for the blind

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Computer Science and Information Technology (CS & IT) domain at UOL is at the leading edge of information technology. The students are equipped with the necessary skills and practical knowledge to succeed in the industry. The research in the field ensures the success of students and make them renowned for their talent and out-of-the-box thinking.

Recently, the final year students of CS & IT at Sargodha Campus, innovated a remote operated car and a smart stick for the blinds as their final year projects.

The students named Mr. Karim Ali and Mr. Mouaz Akhter under the supervision of Mr. Hafiz Ali Hamza (Lecturer, CS & IT) enabled the car to move at every angle with the help of a mobile application. It extraordinarily changed the modes of motorcar engineering and technology through hybrid partnership of IT and smartphone that operated the car without driver.

The process plugged the electronics of the car for its mobile functioning and also opted mechanical and electrical features. The achieved target of the experiment is the customized smart phone application combined with the custom-built embedded system integrated in the vehicle that coordinates for the functionalities and driving of the car.

Moreover, the communication between the smart phone and the rest of the system is performed through the wireless medium. The resulted prototype project comprises of starting the car, non-driving features (horn, indicators and headlights etc.) and driving characteristics (controlling the steering wheel, transmission, clutch etc.).

“Smart Stick” for visually impaired individuals

The final year students named Mr. Ghulam Ahmad, Mr. Zaafar Ahmad and Mr. Labeed Ahmad developed the “Smart Stick” for the visually impaired individuals under the supervision of Mr. Hamza. This project was Internet of Things (IoT) based and completed in a short span of six months.

The approval and funding of the project were initiated by the National Technology Fund (IGNITE). The stick has sensors that detect not only hurdle through voice commands from three directions (Left, Right, Front) but also intimate visually impaired people about water through buzzer sound to vibrate. The more advanced feature of the “Smart Stick” is that it sends the current location of the individual to three numbers in case of any emergency.

Prof. Dr. Zahoor Ahmad (Director Academics/Director Administration UOL, Sargodha Campus), while sharing his views about these innovations, expressed immense pleasure and appreciated the efforts of the students and the department. He said, “Such innovations are highlighting the progress and development of the UOL and represent our country at the global level”.

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad (HoD, CS&IT) elucidated that the students were supported by National Technology Fund (IGNITE) to come up with these outstanding innovations. He lauded the students’ efforts and pledged support for the upcoming projects from both the faculty and students.

Mr. Hamza told that the application used for the remote operated car is also applicable and suitable for the traffic and parking issues in Pakistan. He further communicated that the “Smart Stick” is a very economical product for visually impaired people in that, it eases their movement problems due to its ability to use artificial intelligence modes, connected with brain sensor.

He said, “Visually impaired people are effectively served through this project whereas 15 to 20 prototypes have been provided, and the cost is less than 5000/=PKR which is comparatively very low than similar products”.

He also shared plans to bring more innovations to the market through the esteemed Department such as automation wheel chairs on low cost, hardware solutions and many other real life solutions which are the dire need of the country.

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