Below are some pictures from our final project. We were tasked with a designing a product that fit within our major. Being a mechanical engineer, I had a lot of options to explore. I decided to combine my two passions: Engineering and Ultimate Frisbee, to come up with the design below. A key part of the sport of ultimate frisbee is the ability to catch the disc as high as possible, similar to someone in basketball going up for a rebound. In order to practice this, I designed a device that holds the disc for the user at an adjustable height so that they can practice reaching their maximum height. I came up with 3 different designs for this product, choosing one to be my final version that was colored and presented to the class.
Lower Body Exoskeleton
Glove-Controlled Maze-Solving Robot
My partner and I decided on a simplistic yet robust approach to this design problem. We wanted to finish the building and programming part as quickly as possible in order to test and trouble shoot the design. We settled on a glove that had an accelerometer on it that was connected to an arduino lilypad that calculated the tilt of the glove and sent that information to the robot via XBee communication. The robot processed this information and turned it into directions such as forwards/backward, left/right. Each command had a set of stepped ranges that allowed for more consistent control as all of the turns in the maze were 90 degrees and fine maneuverability was less important than tracking straight in the maze. In addition to the glove control, we integrated an ultrasonic sensor into the robot to detect walls and automatically stop so that we could tell it to turn left or right in the maze itself. Below are a couple images of the CAD renderings I did of the robot before buiding
I really enjoyed this project as it was my first real hands on experience with arduino programming from the ground up. It was nice to finally build something that didn't get smashed to pieces. But as you'll see in the video, we couldn't help but smash into each other in the finals.