On December 1, 2021, event known as Trophées des ingénieurs du futur [Future Engineers Trophies] took place. Two projects developed by students of the Industrial Design Engineering course of UTC-Compiegne competed in the “digital” section: Orfey and Cosette. Two highly different projects, but with the same ambition: to place the latest technological advances at the service of users! Cosette won not only the “digital” prize, but also the public prize during this evening!
You work on this file for thirty minutes, but cannot get started. You then put on your ear-phones and start the “concentration” playlist, which the audio system has created just for you, by studying your electroencephalogram and your musical tastes. And indeed, you finally manage to work serenely. An e‑mail alert appears on your screen: it’s your grandmother. Since she has this system mounted on a touch-sensitive tablet, sending an e‑mail or going on the Internet is no longer a problem for her! This scenario is still fiction, but it could soon become reality, thanks to three students from UTC.
Cosette : the digital world at our fingertips
As the pandemic health crisis has shown, we need digital technology more than ever before, to communicate, make purchases, fill in administrative forms, etc. But this is not always easy for the elderly or people who are unfamiliar with digital technology. Agathe Boulet and Louise Thouron, supervised by Emmanuel Corbasson, have found the solution: Cosette, a device that is attached to a touch-sensitive tablet and facilitates digital access for seniors. It is a device that perfectly meets the needs of today’s consumers, as evidenced by the “public prize” it won at the Trophées des Ingénieurs du Futur ceremony, in addition to winning the prize in the “digital” category.
Orfey : the right music for the right spirit
Orfey is a connected headset that looks like a classic set, but hides a secret: electrodes in the headset measure brain activity, which is then analysed by an AI (artificial intelligence) device. The latter will then suggest playlists adapted to each user to promote concentration or relaxation, for example. This intelligent headset was developed by Athénaïs Oslati, and the project is accompanied by Anne Meuleau, a lecturer-research scientist at UTC