Students present prototype projects at engineering conference

MERCEDES — Every time Lee Reed unholstered the fake gun off his prototype harness designed with sensors the body camera began recording.

The camera also triggered with increased heart rate and loud sounds.

“I enjoyed presenting our idea and deciding how we were going to solve the problem,” Reed said. “At the end of the day everything worked.”

He and his project partners Ashley Perez and Ramlah Khan embarked on creating a solution for police wearing body cameras in wake of the deaths from recent police shootings.

And they electronically engineered a sensor strap that will activate a body camera during loud or dangerous situations automatically.

“If police forget or if they are in an intense situation their cameras turn on and prevents the officer from having to manually turn on their camera or forget to record a situation,” Reed said.

Their group was just one of 63 student groups presenting answers to problems and showing off their engineering prototypes for their end of the year capstone senior project at the Science Academy of South Texas third annual Engineering Design & Development (EDD) Conference yesterday.

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