Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Electrical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Abstract

Abstract Chess is a game enjoyed by people of all ages and physical abilities. The Voice-Activated Chess Set was designed to allow persons who cannot use their arms, due to either a disability or if they are preoccupied with something else, to play a game of chess without assistance after initial setup. The chess game was intended to be solely controlled by voice recognition using set commands. After much testing of the voice recognition chip, it was established that the microphone could not stay always on and a dial pad was implemented to control it. A position system repositions a solenoid which is set underneath of the chessboard. The chess pieces are made of plastic and have a nail and bolt inside of them to be able to be moved by a normally closed solenoid with a magnet on the shaft. The position system moves chess pieces according to the player’s voice command or input into the dial pad, provided that they follow the rules of chess. With a better microphone or voice recognition chip, this design lets individuals who are handicapped, in the sense that they cannot use their hands, to enjoy a challenging and fun game.

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