St. Norbert College CS 225 - Machine Organization - 2004
The Projects The Pictures

Beth Kettenacker, Sam Javner, and Cully Radvillas Webcams and Streaming Video
Have you ever watched a friend over a webcam disappear, then magically appear again? Join us, and take a peek into the ever expanding world of webcams to learn about the current problems plaguing video communication. We also intend to discuss video conferencing becoming a chief method of communicating with distant business colleagues. We have created our very own live webcam broadcast that the audience will enjoy!  Do not miss this presentation or you will be left in a world of "jerky video!"

Unveiling Artificial Intelligence: Then, Now, and Who Knows? Trina Bower, Brian Hahn and Martina Weber
Never want to mow the lawn or vacuum your house again?  You might not have to.  Researchers in today’s scientific laboratories are inventing Artificially Intelligent machines and robots that will do everyday human tasks, eliminating the time-consuming hassles of everyday life.  See robots Arthur and Ilene in action, find out how artificial intelligence started, where it is today, and what could be at our presentation – that is if you have your robot to remind you to come.

John Hinner, Adam Kabat, Ryan Maier, and Jackie Van Ryzin GPS Systems
Ever feel like you’d lose your head if it wasn’t attached? Get lost easily or forget where you are? We would like to introduce you to Global Positioning Systems which may be part of your answer. It can help you to see where you are, where you have been, and how to get where you want to go. We will introduce you to the technology that makes this system work and help you to realize what it can do for you. We will cover the satellite signals, accuracy issues, a brief history, and a general overview on how the GPS system can work for you.

Binary Data Storage and Manipulation Adam DeNoble, Chris Kratz, John Moss, and Ted Trisco
Ever wonder how a calculator or a micro-processor really works on the inside?  Our project, an 8-bit binary adder built at the macroscopic level, along with a large display board will help us explain these "mysteries".  Essentially we have built a large binary calculator from scratch to demonstrate how data is represented by electricity and manipulated by switching the electrical paths. Topics to be covered include number systems, electronic representation of data, circuitry, logic gates and how to use them to "compute" things, and of course a demonstration of our “calculator”.