My name's Craig Loewen, I study Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I pride myself in being a cross-discipline problem solver. I've worked in a wide range of industries, from automotive to software, and have a wide range of skills from development to management. I enjoy designing, creating, and leaving things better from where I found them. I have a strong desire for excellence. This shows through my hard work as I am ranked 1st in my class of 140+ students in one of the most competitive engineering programs in Canada. I enjoy inspiring others through teamwork, and as president of the Waterloo Weightlifting & Fitness Club I am able to push people to realize their fitness goals. I'm a South African Canadian, and have lived in Europe, Africa, and Canada. My main hobbies are weight lifting, camping and hiking.
WatVision is a project that aims to empower every blind or visually impaired person to use any touch screen.
The project was my Fourth Year Design Project for my Mechatronics Engineering Degree at the University of Waterloo.
We ended up winning the General Motors Innovation Award, as well as 2nd place in the people's choice award.
The WatVision system includes an app, and a ring that you wear on your finger. You run the app, and point the camera at the touch screen you wish to interact with. The app will tell you when it's seen and understood the seen. After that, you can move the finger wearing the ring around the screen and it will read out to you whatever is underneath your finger. If you want to learn more (or see it in action) check out the website!
I've worked on tons of other projects and here are some highlights! Click on an image below to learn more:
I love to travel and have lived in many different places. Most recently, I lived in Konstanz Germany where I was able to speak in both German and French. I enjoy learning about new places and cultures.
I work on multiple pet projects in my spare time. In 2014 I built my own working quadcopter from scratch, programmed it, and learned how to fly it. I've built a Hydrogen fuel cell powered RC car, and a robot that can launch jelly beans into your mouth from across the room.
Another way that I push myself is through physical training. I aim to be able to bench press 300 pounds by the end of 2018. 'For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.' - Arnold Schwarzenegger