It has never been easier and more affordable to design and build robots by leveraging the economies of scale from the software, PC, toy and other high volume consumer industries.
This robot was created to show people that with a bit of imagination and ingenuity, robots can be used for real useful work around the home to make our lives more convenient and entertaining.
This project also provides a platform for understanding and experimeting with the integration of mechanical, electrical and software systems. Exploring robotics is a wonderful way for future Engineers to gain the skills and hands on experience to become great Engineers.
Step 1: System Diagram
- retrieve water
- water plants
- fill a dog water bowl
- control a VCR and TV
- turn lights and other appliances on/off
- play music
- dance and entertain
- provide mobile video security for the home
- remind the elderly to take medicine
and much more in the works!
Step 2: Robot Front
The front of the robot has 2 USB speakers and a centered docking station for a wireless PDA. These items were mounted using bent metal brackets, screws and velcro. The front head of the robot has a USB camera and infrared sensors for TV/VCR control.
A lot of attention was paid to the robot aesthetics. There are too many times where we've all seen a robot that looked like a pile of circuits and wires. It's important that someone can imagine that a robot "fits" with the other items in the home.