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Donation to benefit engineering program

Engineering’s programming environments course has a new component, thanks to a donation of 20 Texas Instruments Chronos watches, secured by the efforts of Dr. John K. Estell, professor of computer engineering and computer science.

The Chronos looks like a sports watch, but is a highly integrated, wireless development system that provides a complete reference design for developers creating wireless smart watch applications. Chronos is a reference platform for many applications, such as wireless watch systems, personal displays for personal area networks, wireless sensor nodes for remote data collection and other applications.

The donation was made through Texas Instruments (TI) Worldwide University Program at the request of Estell following conversations with TI representatives at the recent American Society of Electrical Engineers (ASEE) annual conference.  

Computer science majors in the programming environments course are required to undertake a large design project. The TI Chronos watches will provide them with the opportunity to develop real-world software applications for a wireless environment. Students will follow an entrepreneurial design model where they will have to pitch their individual design, undergo multiple critical design reviews, test and evaluate their product and produce a short video advertising their final product.