Camosun College engineering students showcase creative innovations


Camosun College students proved that there are no limits to the imagination in this year’s technology showcase.

The event marks the end of a chapter for the graduating students of the school’s electronics and computer engineering program.

“The program is designed to try and simulate a working environment, where students either come up with an idea or are given an idea and they actually have to design a solution and work through it in a short timeline,” said program chair Alan Duncan.

Several impressive innovations were on display Thursday, such as an updated version of a 1980s robot, a 200-watt amplifier with a touch screen, among others.

Simon Fowler and his team designed a product called “Buck be Gone”, an automated pest deterrent system designed to keep unwanted visitors off of your property.

“It uses an audible deterrent system using a tweeter to put a 25-kilohertz sign wave, which will sound like the ringing in the ear, So this will go on the perimeter of your house or of your property and essentially deter the pest from coming close,” Fowler said.

Another featured project was an IoT-capable lamp that includes a camera with motion detection among other features.

“So we have Google assistant, we have 10-watt speakers, dual-channel, we have a security system as you can see over here you can basically monitor what’s happening at your home at any time from anywhere in the world,” said electronics and computer engineering technology student Diego Calero.

These are the final projects for students in the two-and-a=half year electronics and computer engineering program. Many graduates choose to work with a local company, while others continue with Camosun’s engineering bridge program that transfers to the University of Victoria.

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