University of Michigan students showcase apps at Consumer Electronics Show


The Broke App is one of the student-designed projects being featured at the University of Michigan booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Students from the University of Michigan School of Information and College of Engineering will be showcasing their work before the expected 150,000 attendees at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2016. The projects include apps to help the blind enjoy nature trails, allow college students to manage their finances and find community in classrooms, and provide guides to their morning rituals for children with autism.

The university’s Office of Global Communications has partnered with the School of Information and the College of Engineering to host an exhibition booth at the annual conference, which for 40 years has served as a testing ground for innovators, new technologies and startups.

The show features over 3600 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, delivery systems – everything from 3-D printing to health and biotech. Among the product innovations first introduced at CES are the VCR (1970), the CD player (1981) and HDTV (1998).

UMSI student projects:
The Broke App: MSI students Prashant Iyer and Kristen Sheppard will present their award-winning app designed to help college students understand their spending in context.

Beacon Project: Dalton Simancek has developed an app to allow the blind to enjoy nature trails using technology that involves beacons placed along the paths.

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve: Kai Lukoff will be displaying a wearable device that uses multiple measures to detect a person’s emotional state and project it as an image on the shoulder: sun for happy, raincloud for sad, etc.

Neurable: Alex Horak will present his brain-computer interfaces project that applies principles of assistive technology to gaming and entertainment.

Mark Gurman, UMSI senior and editor of 9to5Mac, will also be attending conference and plans to spend time at the booth.

College of Engineering student projects:

Stumped: Patrick Wilson and Daniel Wilson, computer science and engineering students, will showcase a mobile app they designed to foster a sense of community in a college classroom by allowing students to communicate with each other via text messaging.

Pattern Pal: Madeline McCoy and Katy Feaver will present a suite of interactive technologies designed to help children with autism get ready in the morning, using positive reinforcement and helpful cues.

The University of Michigan exhibit at CES will be located at Booths 80719 and 80720, Tech West, Sands Expo, Level 1.

Posted December 18, 2015