ok. first of all, i just reread the community rules so i hope i'm posting in the right forum. if not, please inform me and tell what i can do about it.
i know that you don't like people posting about this particular topic. but i have searched the entire site for entries with "final year topic" as keywords. i was a quarter of the way when i knew i just couldn't go through all of them. but please believe me when i say that i'm not some lazy student trying to have it easy.
i have been thinking about what would be best as a final project for months now. but since i have not come up with any that are really feasible or in some way done before, i thought that it was time to ask for some help from experts. Because i've already googled it and came up with nothing still. The start of our data gathering, documentation and such for our proposal will officially be in June but we won't know until about August or September if our proposal has been approved. i'm from Asia so we have a different timeframe than you. i just really need some ideas, guys.
i am studying BS in Computer Engineering. i am majoring in Software. this is actually a group project and my group mates are majoring in Networking. we need to incorporate the two. but we are also allowed to make a project that deals with hardware design and implementation since this would also include software programming. our teacher (not adviser since we don't have one yet) adviced us to make something that is flexible and can be used by different individuals or companies, if we want it to be purely software and/or networking.
we've been told that proposals that are helpful to our university have a greater chance of approval. but we don't know what more our university needs. aside from having a main database system, we have a library system, a student database system, our clinics have their own systems. i think almost all the departments have their own individual systems. but if you have any other ideas in this regard, they would be greatly appreciated.
other proposals that they say our teachers are receptive to are those that are useful to the industry. or are industry-based or something. but i really don't know what the computer/technology industry needs. i ask from my friends who are already working but they tell me they also have no idea. would you believe that? anyway, our group has also been talking about projects that could involve hardware. we are a little apprehensive since most of those who came before us had unstable projects when dealing with hardware. more than a few failed the course because their prototypes failed at the last minute.
ok, anyway, here are some of the stuff we've talked about. and later, i'll include previous proposals and projects.
- one of our group mates owns an internet cafe (where you pay to use the internet). they use this program where the number of minutes/hours a certain user is logged on is recorded and it automatically computes for the amount to be paid. it also generates daily and monthly reports with regards to income generated, total number of hours used, and the system (software and hardware) errors encountered. the last one is to be inputted as they occur. basically, it just keeps a record of it.
* our problem with this is that although it could be useful, it is fairly easy to do.
- a robotic arm that pours beer (a joke!) or any beverage into a glass.
* we were thinking that the glass had to be of different sizes. and would pour at different levels depending on the input given.
* our problem with this is that we don't know how useful this is or what its application would be in the real world.
- security with use of fingerprint detection or something
* our department already uses this. of course it was made and installed by professionals.
previous proposals: (i don't really know what some were actually called so i'll just put the description)
- robotic soccer arm
- robotic arm that picked up balls with/through color detection
- spelling wizard (they say a word and you spell it. it has increasing level and difficulty. they used FPGA with this one.)
- security through voice identification
- something to do with maps. the program calculates the shortest route from a certain origin to the destination. this is a purely software project.
- i think the university's clinic system was a project from a couple years back. i don't really know what features they included though.
- there were robotic arms that did something like pick a ball, toss a ball, put a ball in a box or something. and they used visual detection or whatever. they basically used a webcam.
*** i'm sorry, i know this is long. i just wanted to show that i (we) do have ideas. i also included previous proposal because we are allowed to use their ideas. we are allowed to upgrade or improve their projects. i know these sound very simple to you so i'm hoping that you could really help. thank you so so so much! and i do hope i didn't break any rules. ;)
P.S. we are planning to use JAVA simply because it is a freeware. in making our proposal and in the end, our prototypes themselves, we have to think about their feasibility and whether or not they are applicable and realistic. BUT we are still open to change. together, we know C/C++, ASM (if that's any use), JAVA, PHP, HTML, JSP, MYSQL, Adobe and Micromedia Apps if needed.