Office Wall of the Future

Office Wall of the Future

Guardian Industries is a privately held industrial manufacturer of glass, automotive and building products based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Students on this project team will work with R&D Engineers at the technical Research & Development center located in Carleton, MI.

Guardian has developed large-area, transparent touch-enabled (LATTE) glass.  LATTE can enable major advancements in how office walls are used in the workplace.

The focus for this project will be to develop a functional prototype that can be incorporated into a conference room. The project entails the following needs: Create library of interface/navigation commands that utilize finger, palm or digital pen touch and output to standard interface. Implement a prototype that illustrates the wall as a digital white board by integrating the navigational commands creating “widgets” for the wall to control conference room functionality (lights, projector, video conferencing, etc.) A short range projector can be utilized to indicate active areas of the screen, control modes (pen colors, windows of commands, etc.).  Students who join this team will learn how to utilize IC2 as the communication protocol for the LATTE project.

More Information: 2017-Guardian


Students who work on this project will display their work at the University of Michigan Presidential Symposium to celebrate the Bicentennial on October 26th, 2017.  Leaders in industry and academia will judge the projects for creativity and innovation, awarding $25,000 to the best student projects.

More Information: Campus of the Future


Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017:

Student IP Agreement for this Project Team

Student Non-Disclosure Agreement for this Project Team



How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors A&D, CS, SI
  • Course Substitutions EECS 498, CSE-G, SI, Honors, A&D Elec
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Interview Guaranteed
  • Programming (3 - 4 Students)

    General interest and skills in programming

    • Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA
  • User Interface Design (1-2 Students)

    • Likely Majors: Information (SI), A&D

Faculty Mentor: Bill Arthurbill
I am a Lecturer III in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Most recently I have been teaching EECS 183: Elementary Programming Concepts.Previously, I have worked in various roles in automotive manufacturing at Ford Motor Company and U.S. Manufacturing Corporation.My research interests focus on the topics of computer security, computer architecture, compilers, system security, network security, hardware/ software co-design, software engineering and test, engineering education.
Sponsor Mentor: Barry Corden2017 Stryker projects
Sr. Director New Opportunities
For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (Guardian).