High Tech Tools and Toys
Boston University



Lab Mission

The High-Tech Tools and Toys Laboratory is a discovery-based educational laboratory. CenSSIS promotes a philosophy of putting modern technology into the hands of students as early as possible in their education, and using this technology to solve real, open-ended problems in a series of Tools and Toys Modules. The laboratory creates an exciting problem-solving environment where generic engineering skills (e.g. data analysis, writing and project planning) are learned. State-of-the-art components such as digital cameras, global positioning systems, and ultrasound imaging equipment nourish student enthusiasm for the profession, familiarizes students with industry documentation and methods, and motivates them to pursue the engineering details. Undergraduate research associates use the laboratory facilities for advanced CenSSIS team-based projects.

Lab Projects

- BU HTTTL Project Wiki

HTTTL Showcases "Smart Lighting" Technology

The HTTTL has been the showcase of many CenSSIS projects in the past and we are excited to soon showcase Free-Space Optical "Smart Lighting" technology. This technology hopes to utilize the capabilities of LED room illumination to communicate with network devices. Additional information about this technology can be found on the Smart Lighting ERC Website.

Online Documents

- CenSSIS Scholars Brochure
- CenSSIS Scholars Application

Affiliate Links

- Northeastern CenSSIS
- University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez CenSSIS

Illustration of soil layers and materials

A typical scanning model

"Smart Lighting" conceptual model