Multiple Ideas / Scholarship Submissions
My first two ideas pertain to the realm of sports. Luckily enough I have a city park for a backyard that is big enough for me to hit my low golfing irons. The only problem is having to chase after the balls myself thus consuming valuable time and energy. My proposal is to alter the irobot to retrieve the balls for me in one of two methods. Additionally I would also like to enable to robot to possibly record the location of where it retrieves the ball to help in my swing analysis
method 1: Add a mechanical arm, cage and rake system a la the golf cart guy at your local range by sending the robot out on pre-programmed sweeping patterns.
method 2: develop some sort of mechanical arm that can retrieve individual balls by locating them with an ir detector as the white of the ball contrasts with the green of the grass. This could also be modified by loading the golf balls with RIF chips and having the robot detect this symbol.
The second idea is to turn the robot into a living assistant for my grandmother. Some of the various functions that I would look to add include some sort of panic button, or emergency button especially as it pertains to her falling down and being unable to get up, others functions would include picking things up off the floor as she has troubles bending, and assisting in the transportation of groceries and other items through the use of either hamper like structures attached to the robot or a coat tree like structure. Additionally I would program the robot to take advantage of pre-existing sensors so that it could follow my grandmother wherever she went and possibly provide a better platform for her cell phone as she never hears it and complains about carrying it and possibly add some pda like features.