This is a biography of the Shawnee tribal chief Tecumseh. The early childhood of Tecumseh is researched all the way to his death at the Battle of Thames in 1813 in this biography that sticks to the truth and cites sources from different authors. Originally this research project was just a capstone project for a class but as the research accumulated, I found the need to create this biography about Tecumseh. Tecumseh made a confederation of like-minded tribes to combat the encroaching United States' government in the late 18th century and early 19th century. All the information that is presented in the biography has been researched and edited. With more than 50 hours of research involved with this biography, the historical contributions regarding The War of 1812 are noteworthy and the contributions made regarding the killer of Tecumseh are found in this biography as well. This isn't a complete overview of Tecumseh's life, but rather this biography details the life of a Shawnee in a time rich with civil strife during the expansion of the United States after the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. The Heritage Village Musuem in Sharonville, Ohio allowed for me to intern during the summer of 2022 to bolster the accuracy of this biography.
The University of Cincinnati Art Collection houses prints by two early 20th century German Expressionist printmakers, Max Pechstein (1881-1955) and Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). Pechstein’s Das Vater Unser (The Lord’s Prayer) series (1921) originally a portfolio of twelve, is represented in the University of Cincinnati Art Collection with nine of the bold woodcut prints. Kollwitz’s small postcard lithographs, Two Chatting Women with Two Children (c. 1930) and The Hospital Visit (c. 1926), are intimate and show the artists soft touch. Though formally very different, these prints share a common subject, the suffering of Germans during the interwar period (1918-1939). Both artists personally experienced both World Wars and their tragedies, and while Pechstein rarely addressed it directly, Kollwitz’s career was full of her antiwar sentiments. The prints grapple with the grief, political turmoil, and financial difficulties associated with the interwar period and each artist turns to their own form of religion to exercise their pain.
Draft of capstone class final project. Includes file of images and wall labels for DRAFT of the exhibition. Includes prints from the UC art collection from the 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, and 20th century.
The representation of architecture within art is a main theme for artists of all time periods. Within the UC Art Collection, prints display different stylistic approaches from abstract to realistic when portraying architecture. This exhibit will display five prints that compare and contrast the idea of stylistic approach. By viewing these artworks, there is the question as to why artists chose to portray the two types differently. Does the style dictate the importance or function of the architecture? Through exploration, one could say that there is a correlation between the type of architecture and its stylistic rendering. When viewing the examples of the collection, architecture that is considered monumental, such as cathedrals or government buildings, seem to be portrayed with realistic detailing and perspective, leaving no room for artistic expression in the portrayal. On the other hand, common architecture is portrayed with more abstraction but allows more freedom of expression from the artist to interpret the structure. Is one better than the other or do these two separate approaches give their subjects individualized attention to their charms?
A visual analysis of the Kanagawa-oki Nami, or the Great Wave off Kanagawa by the Japanese
ukiyo-e printmaker Katsushika Hokusai and its impact of Western Art culture following the Meiji Restoration of 1867
This essay investigates the complex subject matter and the significance of Félix Bracquemond’s etching Le Haut d’un battant de porte (The Top of a Door) through a biographical approach, visual analysis, and examination of the artist’s creative process and intentions. The investigation demonstrates that this etching is not only unusual for its clarity, but also for its ambiguity. The seemingly contradictory yet complementary characteristics – clarity and ambiguity – coexist in this work. It is the coexistence and interaction of clarity and ambiguity that makes this work more significant and intriguing.
Why do the majority of allegorical figures in art take on a female form? What does this tell us about the way women were viewed in their societies? This essay examines the relationship of the female form in allegorical prints and European Renaissance society in the 15th century.
Starting a food producing garden should be easier to do successfully. Getting data related to your specific gardening conditions can be time consuming and tedious for the average person who does not have any gardening experience. In 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increase in food insecurities for people because of grocery supply chain fulfillment concerns. A simple yet shocking Google trends search for terms like “how to start a garden”, “food shortage”, and “food insecurity” since 2004 in the US have more than doubled in March of 2020 alone, during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. A search for “garden apps” has also shown more than double the interest in the same time frame on average.
People want and need to grow their food to reduce their food anxieties. Having an alternative food source can also reduce national food-related supply chain disruptions caused by climate change, natural disasters, or even global pandemics.
STEMMED Gardens was created to make gardening easier by crowdsourcing scientific data and real-life gardening success and failures. We created an iOS and Android application with an Azure based backend for users to be able to plan, maintain, troubleshoot, and share those gardening experiences. New and experienced users can easily retrieve and identify plant information and gardening techniques that can be used in each stage of their personal food garden journey.
Phishy is a service intended for security administrators in order to allow them to launch several simultaneous, simulated phishing campaigns to gauge and improve the phishing awareness of employees within their organization. With our service, we want to take security awareness training to the next level. We designed Phishy to help combat the major phishing problem companies face today and to help better educate employees on the dangers of phishing. Currently, there is not an open-source platform that acts as a “one stop shop” for managing phishing campaigns and users’ phishing awareness training. Phishy fills this need by helping its users launch realistic phishing campaigns, utilizing WGET to clone websites in order to create realistic phishing situations. Along with giving users the ability to create practical phishing training for their organization, live visual and data analytics will be provided with tools such as Elasticsearch and Kibana. Since we know how busy security professionals are, it would be unlikely that each user who falls for a phishing simulation would be able to receive security training catered to what phishing tactic they fell for. Phishy has the ability to track which users are falling for which phishing scams and enroll them into specific phishing awareness training based on their interactions with the phishing simulation. Our hope is that Phishy will provide security professionals with a comprehensive tool that will allow them to better train and prepare their organization against the dangers of phishing
As of 2019, it was estimated that over 21 million people in the United States go without reliable Internet connectivity (Winslow, 2019). The Internet is integral to everyday life now more than ever; many relying heavily on it for conducting work, obtaining an education, and maintaining communications. Because of these benefits and reliance, it is essential for anyone to have access to the Internet when it is needed, especially in cases of emergency. However, many people do not have the financial resources or technical know-how to stay connected. Our PANIK Guide hopes to help solve this issue by providing a user-friendly approach to setting up an inexpensive mesh network that can be used to help provide this access in areas and times where Internet connection is needed most. PANIK Kits are an affordable, easy to set up, quickly deployable approach to help connect those who are in most need of these resources.
Since February 2020, tickets coming in over channels like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, direct messages over Twitter, and SMS rose nearly 50 percent. While this is convenient for the user, this could result in tickets not being generated for the help desk and may be negatively impacting their tracking metrics. Our solution integrates itself within multiple commonly used messaging and support desk platforms. This provides end users with easy solutions for their common problems and granting them an easy way to make a support ticket should they require additional support from their help desk. By using readily available technology, we are bringing an easy-to-use solution to those in need of support in a way that is convenient for the end user and easy for the support desk to track. Our Solution provides an easily accessible chatbot that provides end users with quick level one support.
In today’s ever-changing world, people are beginning to increasingly feel the effects of climate change. Many users want to make an impact, but many do not know how they can do to play their part. GreenImpact is the ultimate solution for users to have a better understanding of environmental problems and realize that everyone can contribute to solving environmental problems. Green Impact combines the feed of information, maps locations of social welfare projects, tracks green activities, shares what they find, and gets rewarded points. Based on the research of Pew Research Center surveys dating back nearly two decades, nearly as many Americans say protecting the environment should be a top policy priority (64%) as say this about strengthening the economy (67%) (February, 2020). Our application will serve as a tool for environmentally conscious people, who want to track their actions and see how they are making an impact.
Knowledge bases are a growing industry due to the information required in the background to support multiple applications and daily tasks for employees. These knowledge bases are filled with an abundance of information. This information could include passwords, keys and other credentials that could be critical for an organization. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 78% of attacks on web applications involved the use of stolen credentials with credentials and personally identifiable information as a target. With the Mismanaged Credential Finder, this application is looking to find and help remedy credentials that are in these knowledge bases. By doing so, this application is looking to help IT professionals manage their knowledge base and enforce cybersecurity policies. In doing so, our goal is to minimize risk due to a knowledge base breach for an organization.
Introsec is an informational program that introduces middle and early high school students to the realm of cybersecurity. This web application consists of a series of interactive gamified labs that help students develop skills that are relevant to their personal cybersecurity and the broader industry. According to security firm ProtectWise, 67 percent of millennials have never taken a cybersecurity class (Delaney, 2018). Based on our research, there is a need for a quick and interactive course to introduce middle and high school level students to the basics of cybersecurity and gauge their interest in the field. Introsec provides a fast, fun and effective way to get hands-on experience without needing to commit to a long camp or series of courses. We have created a functioning web application that provides students with basic information about aspects of cybersecurity through multiple scenario-based games.
SchoolSpace is the best solution for any parent or student concerned about Covid-19. By using SchoolSpace students can gain a better understanding of key curriculum classes such as Math, Science, English, History and even Chemistry. There are many functions that SchoolSpace can provide. By using SchoolSpace users will be able to learn these courses through both interactive mini games and cool visuals that will make learning the subject more fun. Additionally, users will be able to create their very own avatars that they can make it look as if they're actually in the game as well as interact with their own classmates!
Simply Scheduled is a solution for Bridger Brewing’s Management and similar small businesses who want to digitize their schedule. Software Advice states that 61% of small businesses experience faster, easier, and more accurate scheduling by using scheduling software. Of those, 70% use a system created specifically for scheduling. The use of an application that provides flexibility for managers and employees to establish an organized digital schedule significantly reduces the administrative load on small businesses. We have supported the Bridger Brewing company by developing a web application that makes their scheduling process simple, quick, and transparent. The integration of overtime visibility, automated scheduling, and team messaging can help the company reduce the time required to create and maintain a schedule, saving money while reducing the strain on managers.
E-waste is a global problem that is growing at an amazing pace, going from 41.4 million metric tonnes (Mt) to 44.7 Mt in just 3 short years. With the amount of devices that are being released each month it’s easy to forget the impact it can have. Our undertaking is to create a more accessible method of disposing and tracking unwanted or outdated devices. We plan to accomplish this with a frictionless web application that will allow anyone to recycle their goods using a painless and efficient pickup system which is both secure and speedy. We will create and test the web app to show both the pickup and delivery of an item as well as safe methods to secure or destroy any unwanted data.
According to research done by Statista out of the 2,000+ respondents Social Media, Binge-watching, and Gaming were three out of the top five leading distractions while on a computer. Lockdown is the ultimate tool to help keep users productive while on their computer whether at home or work. Using solely a C# application and PowerShell scripts we can help minimize the daily distractions of the internet. While there are many ways users can block websites, those are only a portion of the problem with few solutions for the rest. This paper discusses the work, validation, and development of the desktop application as well as our hopes for future features and results.
The UC Disc Golf App is the definitive solution for both new and experienced players to optimize their experience while on the course. With the use of GPS the app allows real-time mapping and visualization of any disc golf course. The UC Disc Golf App allows users to track flight distance for each throw as it happens. The app also provides users with the luxuries of detailed scorekeeping, social media integration, a virtual Disc Bag, and a comprehensive PDGA rulebook. The creators of the app are avid disc golf players looking to lift the sport through passion and innovation. The team planned to integrate a GPS chip into each disc and develop a companion website for the app to optimize the implementation of all its features.
VonLehman Security Auditing is a service that aims to raise cyber security awareness and help local business better understand how to secure their systems. Approximately 60% of small business close within six months of being hacked. Technology is growing at speeds that many companies are not able to correctly implement and secure. VonLehman Security Auditing will review a company using a five-step approach. Educating users and testing various aspects of a company’s security is vital to securing their systems from malicious actors. The results of these tests will be compiled into a final risk assessment report which will recommend next steps and give the client a better understanding of their vulnerabilities.
Proctor Wiz is the perfect blend of functionality and security. This balance is not often seen in the proctoring service market, in many cases either the functionality is limited, and the security is sound, or the features are rich, but everything feels a little invasive. These invasive practices include requiring full control over the computer and tracking the students every movement. Proctor Wiz aims to fix the issues we see in current offerings, by offering essential features and the security that matters. Our product lets the user review any information taken from them to ensure that they feel safe, while also giving the reviewer an easy-to-use management and filing interface.
The Howdy Neighbor web application is an online resource designed for anyone planning a move. While moving, which the average American will do over 11 times during their lifetime (Bureau, 2020), there are many factors that may be overlooked, which could positively or negatively affect the outcome of the move. Some of these factors include area age demographics, nearby crime statistics, and local school district information. As well as obtaining all of this important information, one must also remember to set up necessary utilities for the new home prior to moving in. By using Howdy Neighbor, movers will have access to a virtual checklist to use during the home search process, as well as a pre-move-in task reminder checklist to use prior to the move. Once these checklists are complete, the user will be able to move to their new home with the confidence and peace of mind they deserve.
More than half of the United States workforce is now working outside of the office and 15% face daily connectivity issues. HomeNetCheck is a tool for users and remote support technicians to help better diagnose network issues which would otherwise be difficult to address remotely. Technology departments need a tool that can analyze a user’s machine and network before relaying that information to remote technicians. HomeNetCheck will collect system and network information for a remote user and then display that information in an easy to view format online with little action from the user. Information that is collected for each host during the support will be stored for future use to help diagnose similar problems that may occur.
Technologically Organized is an effort to help a small business develop an internet presence. Websites are the most effective business and marketing channel for small business around the US and are the second most successful at bringing in business behind Social Media. Without a website and general infrastructure to support them, small businesses are at a severe disadvantage to larger corporations and services. Simply Organized is a service committed to providing organization services at a reasonable cost to individuals, families, and businesses alike. They are looking to expand their brand by leveraging a website to promote themselves and provide customers with information about their business. Our team will assist them by creating a website, implementing a Customer Relationship Management Application (CRM), and securing and upgrading their home network to provide them with a platform for growth. We will also place a heavy focus on training business users to maintain the products we provide to ensure effectiveness of the solution for the future. This project will culminate into a valuable asset for Simply Organized and will positively impact revenue and help the service succeed in their market space.
Kollab is an innovative web application solution for young professionals struggling to gain credible experience in their area of interest, for the purpose of building out a reputable online portfolio. E-Portfolios are increasingly being viewed as a tool to not only improve the learning experience of students but also to enhance the employability, career development and professional identity of business graduates. Kollab provides features for users to showcase their online portfolio displaying certifications provided by universities for extra credibility to employers, as well as features for recruiting others with common interests to work on projects that provide relevant experience to their areas of future employment pursuits. Although there are similar solutions for project collaboration in today’s market, Kollab will focus on being the middle man for students on their journey into the job market.
Insiders pose a real threat to the security of data centers. The Chock-o-Lock is an auxiliary security system that uses facial recognition to authenticate users. The system will require the user to authenticate first at the door to the server room and then again to gain access to each individual server rack. The system will log all attempts to access the data center and server racks, along with other important security information. Security teams will be able to easily control who can enter the data center and regulate the number of people in the data center at one time, restrict the access of each user only to the specific server racks they need to work on, audit the logs recording all data center accesses, and gain a clear picture of data center usage.
My Neutral News is a web application that is a hub for media regarding popular social justice issues. Its focus is on easily sharable articles and those respective articles having their political leanings identified by a red-to-blue color gradient. To identify media by their political leaning, the more vibrant and redder the article is highlighted on My Neutral News, the more right leaning the source is. On the other end, the bluer an article, the more left leaning an article is. This will make an easy user experience when it comes to trying to find unbiased media, as well as work to disrupt echo chambers present in social media currently. My Neutral News is created using C# on Visual Studio, hosted in an Azure Dev Ops app service, and visitable via myneutralnews.org. The App Service in Azure is based off ASP .Net Core framework and data is held in a SQL server database.
The Astrum Network Scanner provides small business IT administrators the ability to keep their endpoints secure while saving time and money. According to CenturyLink in 2019, the average cost for network monitoring tools for a business of 100 devices could end up being a pricey $2,656 a year (CenturyLink)†. We have worked towards making an inexpensive and unique solution available. The scanner utilizes Linux-based scripting to scan endpoints and report on any common vulnerabilities as recommended by NIST. This allows IT administrators to automate a large portion of their security auditing. All this scanning capability is achieved through a one-time deployment of the Astrum solution. Astrum is inexpensive, open-source, and perfect for small businesses on a budget.
CarWiz is the all-in-one tool car owners need to keep their car maintained. This android app aims to help its users eliminate the hassle of remembering when they need have their car serviced and what servicing had been done in the past. It will provide service tracking, upcoming maintenance reminders, and video tutorials for DIY maintenance. There is currently no solution that provides all three of these functions in one. Users can create an account to store their car maintenance history into our database which can be accessed from any other android device. We predict that 80% of users will have a better maintained vehicle by utilizing the application.
SoHoIT is a service dedicated to bringing Information Technology (IT) tools to small businesses who cannot find room in their budget to hire IT personnel. Small businesses can benefit from SoHoIT’s services and reduce the cost of their initial IT expenses by using pre-selected software. The software offered can be configured to fit the user’s current environment, and consists of services such as webhosting, VPN, and anti-virus. Custom configuration is dictated by our questionnaire that is filled out by a small business or individual looking to download software offered through our platform. SoHoIT is designed to make IT accessible and valuable to small businesses.
Omnigistics is a scalable inventory management system that offers an intuitive approach to optimizing logistics operations for small to medium-sized companies. Small businesses either do not track inventory or use a manual method that can contribute to disorganization, resulting in costly inventory mistakes and accidental redundancy. Existing solutions offer inventory management modules as a smaller feature within an overcomplicated product. Omnigistics enables organizations to mass control item prices, combine goods and services, and track transactions. The application also improves customers' overall logistical process resulting in higher marginal profits and lower execution time.
Student Life Plus seeks to give students more of a voice and improve the visibility of issues that everyday students encounter. We believe that by partnering our app with UC Student Government, we hope to provide meaningful improvements across the campus. The University of Cincinnati’s current system does not provide nearly enough visibility into how the student body as a whole feels about a topic. Our application will provide a forum-like outlet for students to voice concerns and suggest improvements by making posts, reviewing current issues, and engaging in discussions related to current topics or issues via reading posts from peers and Student Government.
In the beginning of 2020, America was forced to go into lockdown due to COVID-19. With the lockdown, everyone was forced to cook and bake for themselves and their families. Many people do not know how to cook or bake, so they resorted to online solutions such as YouTube videos. However, just following tutorials does not give the person the fundamentals on how to cook or bake. Our proposed solution, Make IT Simple, is a web application that gives people the concrete foundation of cooking and baking while having a safe and secure experience. Any visitor can view the web application content. Users can choose to have a more interactive and customized experience by creating an account with minimal personal identifiable information. Make IT Simple’s goal is to inspire more people to get into the kitchen and have more confidence in their ability to cook and bake.
As a team of indecisive people, our goal is to make choosing what to wear a little easier. Fit of the Day is an innovative application that gives you new ways to style your clothes when you are having trouble deciding for yourself! Using local weather data as well as your daily calendar events, Fit of the Day generates outfits tailored to fit your life. If you are feeling adventurous, you also have the option to generate entirely random outfits. We decided to build Fit of the Day because there was not a provider for a service like this. Fit of the Day not only helps you manage your closet but will also save you time by automating your outfit choices.
Tens of millions of people use smart devices in their homes providing convenience by using virtual assistants like the Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. These assistants are always on and listening for commands to provide the power to turn on your TV, open a recipe, play your favorite music, or start a video chat. However, that functionality to always be on has a security downside in that these devices are listening to everything that happens in the home. Bloomberg reports that Amazon has this private voice data and with the lack of security in most home networks, hackers could too. The Home Office System provides an easy way to turn off all of your smart device microphones at the hardware level in an easy to configure and foolproof way. By giving people the power to easily control their virtual assistants, we can have truly secure, smart homes.
Many college graduates struggle to find a job after graduation. One reason for this is that it is a daunting task to find like-minded people interested in working on a variety of projects. Even if students are looking for a simple real-world side project to develop their skills, there are few places they can turn to in their search. "Mission Source" is a platform that is aimed at solving this problem. Users are able to go on this platform to find people to collaborate with, seek help with a side project, look for a hackathon group, and other similar activities. The platform is open to all colleges and majors that attend the same university. Having access to such a platform allows students to gain experience, develop new skills, and expand their networking group.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have had to adjust their daily routines and turn their home into their workplace and classroom. With an increased amount of people utilizing their home networks for a wide range of activities, some of which may include potentially sensitive information, it is important to ensure that users’ home networks are secure, now more than ever. Dragon delivers a convenient and affordable device that provides users with the ability to stay informed about their network health and devices, and equips users with the necessary information to fix network security risks that are identified. Features include port and device scanning, file sanitization, and Wi-Fi password testing. By equipping users with this knowledge, Dragon will assist them in increasing the security of their home network.
TutorialHeaven is an online learning solution to provide users a more personalized learning experience over the industry’s leading online asynchronous platforms. With the combination of an asynchronous approach, a feedback loop that points the learner to their weakest subject material, the ability for course creators to make their course along with assessments in one platform, TutorialHeaven can greatly improve the experience both for the learner and instructor. The one-size-fits-all approach of asynchronous learning content neglects student’s performance and ignores the effectiveness of conventional teaching practices, which leads to difficulties in knowledge retention and skill acquisition. These issues will be addressed by providing learners automatic feedback on their assessments, along with real communication channels for instructors and their course participants to engage with each other.
Research shows that just over half of the country’s law enforcement academies received comprehensive training on cybercrime cases and investigations. Law Enforcement Information Portal is a website that bridges that gap. The home page is a dashboard showing up-to-date statistics of crime in the local area, as well as an interactive map of the local area. Working with a database on the backend, one of the features is a search for information on popular Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that, upon search submission, will detail contact information, a link to the ISP’s law enforcement guide, and information on data retention, where to send subpoenas, and more. Other features include an extensive phone directory of local law enforcement and services contacts, a directory of links to each of the 50 states’ sex offender registry pages, and a guide full of helpful tips on preserving digital evidence. Law Enforcement Information Portal intends to aid law enforcement in the office or out in the field during investigations.
GRAP is a web and mobile application for users to learn, customize, and simplify their shopping, cooking, and exercise needs. GRAP provides users with a fast and easy way to follow recipes depending on what they have at home and their cuisine preferences. Following what you have at home, GRAP can fill in certain ingredients you do not have at home and even provide the user with locations that carry the missing ingredients. While simplifying your time in the kitchen and grocery stores GRAP provides a service for tracking your health and fitness. With GRAP on the market shopping, cooking, and exercise needs will become easier to maintain through and after this troubling time.
Hotel Helper is an automated Housekeeping management system created using Node.JS and Angular to alleviate hotel staff of tedious and manual administrative tasks. The importance of minimizing labor costs is a generally a priority of hotel owners, but the impact COVID-19 has made on the hospitality industry makes it even more crucial for hotel owners to save money where they can. Housekeeping management software on the market is expensive and contains many unnecessary features for most hotels. As a result, many hotels prefer to use a manual pen and paper process, but this process is very inefficient. Hotel Helper serves as a cost friendly, simple web application alternative that allows managers and housekeeping staff to communicate in a two-way manner with updates on room cleaning progress, late checkouts, along with any other room related requests. Hotel Helper increases hotel staff efficiency, minimizes owner expenses, and streamlines the housekeeping process through the modernization of an outdated pen and paper procedure to an easy to use web application.
According to the study by Annals of Family Medicine, a primary care physician has around 2,300 patients which fills up most of the doctor’s typical day. EZ MedChat is a website for doctors, staff, and patients to easily connect and provide exceptional care in a more efficient way. The solution includes creating custom medical chart templates to help streamline each patient visit, providing real-time data to both doctor and patient to improve communication, and creating a virtual waiting room for patients who need quick visits without appointments. EZ MedChat can save precious time for both the doctors and patients and provide better outcomes.
Prisoner recidivism is a growing problem in the United States. Offenders often find themselves rearrested and returned to the system after a few short years. The IT Solution Center’s Risk Assessment System was developed as a web based solution to risk assessment and offers a variety of tools to better manage offenders, conduct risk assessments, and facilitate the reduction of offender recidivism. Since that original development process, more states have adopted use of the Risk Assessment System, and that original mold doesn’t always fit the needs of the new users. The Risk Assessment System v4.0 includes a complete front-end framework migration and improves upon the original v3.0 approach by adding some highly requested features. Notable highlights are enhancements to data reporting via the Research Portal, merging/unmerging of offender records, role/permission management, and a chronological offender timeline. This
project also focused on creating a more robust database infrastructure through the use of logical replication to an external-server replica. Lastly, a .csv file upload application was developed to take the place of API integrations in the case that clients are unable to build a data upload solution of their own. These features were completed and iterated with a heavy focus on user satisfaction and configurability. Bulletproof functionality, ease of use, and user interface simplicity were all driving factors in achieving positive user acceptance results.
Political Tap is a web and mobile tool designed to help American voters make informed decisions about representatives and candidates during elections. According to a 2018 poll, approximately 29% of surveyed citizens claimed that they were not well-informed about their candidates, with only 14% being registered voters. In another 2018 survey, roughly 45% of participants reported having very little to no trust in television news. American voters do not feel as if they have the proper outlets of information on candidates' values while also not being aware of who is on the ballot. Our solution to these problems relies on developing an application which provides a list of candidates to users based on location and highlights their positions on major political issues through aggregated social media posts. This helps increase voter awareness and allows for easier comparison among candidates, making citizens feel more comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable at the polls.
Lightning Carryout is a solution for small restaurants looking to expand their online customer base. While apps like Uber Eats send partners an iPad to run a separate point of sale system, the Mobile Ordering App utilizes the Square API integrating directly with the restaurant’s existing point of sale system. Furthermore, food delivery apps like Door Dash charge restaurants exorbitant fees. Large chain restaurants like McDonald’s and Chipotle have proprietary apps that allow for online ordering, but many small restaurants do not have the customer base or funds to have their own app developed. Lightning Carryout provides users the ability to select small businesses from a list or map, view menu items, and order from within the app. Our team’s app allows users to not only support small businesses but ensure that more of their bill goes to the owners and employees, rather than large corporations.
LinkTailor is a virtual “wardrobe” where instead of arranging clothes, one can arrange links (to applications, files, and websites), treating them as garments that can be styled, tagged, and organized into outfits for any occasion. Current link-management solutions lack grid layouts, mass-opening of links, and user customization. So LinkTailor was developed to give users flexibility for their own workflow. LinkTailor can be installed on both Windows and Mac, being coded within Electron and thus with web languages and utilizes the Vue.js framework. LinkTailor even sports integration with the Windows context menu. The final product allows users to save links in grid-based layouts, re-arrange with drag-and-drop, and assign custom tags. Development is continuing as the LinkTailor team continues to add additional conveniences.
College Dreaming is a mobile-friendly website that provides a more holistic and engaging approach for high school students and their families to search and ultimately apply to universities across the United States. As fewer students are enrolling in collegeand with the new reality that is COVID, colleges could lose up to 20% of students. With College Dreaming, we took all the traditional and non-traditional information that students and their families are interested in, such as costs and student life, to create a more accurate matching process for students and institutions. College Dreaming also has an engaging quiz feature for a fast and easy way to see potential universities and is integrated with a mapping service to explore a campus virtually. With these features, College Dreaming gives the ability to increase college applications to a wider range of institutions through its personalized and engaging approach, and after the COVID pandemic.
Omniscient File Assistant is a file management platform created for easy monitoring of file systems of remote end-user workstations. With the number of employees working from home now eclipsing 66%, the likelihood of insider misuse is at an all-time high as employees may struggle to balance their new work life (Herhold). Through its monitoring and analysis features, OFA allows an organization to mitigate improper device usage and data storage before serious security incidents arise. Capabilities include regular metadata collection, centralized data storage and reporting, file matching via hashing and other criteria, file content scanning, server backups, and a robust searching tool. By utilizing Omniscient File Assistant, an organization can lessen their chances of having end-user issues by preventing long-term storage of personal files, storage of restricted materials, and unauthorized modifications. Omniscient File Assistant provides a one stop interface for administrators to log, flag, track and remove files at their discretion.
The global smart mirror market is projected to reach $4,118.9 million by 2025, registering a CAGR(Compound Annual growth rate) of 11.5% from 2018 to 2025. We created a “smart” mirror that allows a person to efficiently do everything they need to do to prepare for the day while also view the news, weather, and other information. What makes a smart mirror “smart” is the ability to display any information you want on it. While providing a calendar, weather, date and time, or mapping software we are able to offer the user a convenient solution. The combination of hand motion, facial recognition, simple UI, calendar, and weather modules substantially increase the freedom and organization users have when interacting with this technology. This device allows users to experience a hands-free environment. Being able to take in all of this useful information without interrupting your normal routine is very liberating.
Every year, freshmen across the US gain weight from the food courts on each college campus. Studies have found two thirds of freshmen gain weight during their first year while 70% of students gain weight and body fat before graduation. Our app UC FIT aims to reduce the overall weight gain and unhealthy lifestyle college students face every year. We are here to help college students navigate the weight room and the food courts. UC FIT will help them live out a healthy lifestyle by informing them of what food options are available, each day from the food courts. As well, UC FIT will provide a seamless way to track workouts and learn how to operate the gym equipment, using our guided workout animations of specific exercises. UC FIT will help college students and countless others from gaining excessive weight throughout their freshmen year.
Accessible Wayfinding: McMapping Edition is route-finding web application, compliant with guidelines laid out in the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, that provides users with accessible routes within the Arts and Sciences building, formally known as McMicken Hall. The University of Cincinnati's recent accessibility initiative uncovered significant deficits in the campus’ overall accessibility. While this initiative has improved many elements of the university campus, it has yet to address needed improvements for those navigating inside UC’s buildings.
The McMapping wayfinding web application is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and visitors with mobility concerns the means to navigate through the Arts and Sciences building with peace of mind. By utilizing Phaser, the application will feature visual route guidance as an individual can first, select a starting location and a target destination within the establishment. The program provides the most accessible route to that spot. In addition to accessible route guidance, authenticated users can use saved routes and notification features to quickly identify previously used routes and to help other users navigate their way to success!
The FCC reported that there were about 3.1 million smartphone thefts in 2013. Today nearly everyone owns at least one smart device, and many people tend to keep personal or business information on these same devices. If your device is lost the first reaction you might have is to use attempt to use 3rd party software to locate or wipe the sensitive data from your device, but what happens when the connection to those services is severed? The Fail-Safe Erase application aims to provide you with the ability to wipe your device after its disconnected from reaching network services. After setting up a personalized password and a wipe timer, the Fail-Safe Erase application will run in the background while looking for those services. Once the connection to GPS, network, and cellular service is interrupted the wipe timer begins its countdown. If the user does not access their device to interrupt the wipe timer within the time set by the user, the device will begin to wipe itself of all personal data. Fail-Safe Erase aims to ensure that if you can’t gain access to your mobile device, remotely or physically, the private data on it will be securely erased, hopefully before it falls into the wrong hands.