2nd Scholarship proposal: Tool fetcher Answered
I'd like to add another idea to my original entry for the scholarship contest.
The idea is for a robot to assist car mechanics in fetching and returning their tools. With the low-profile of the irobot system, I think it would be ideal for this task. The robot could have a voice- recognition system that would listen for commands from the mechanic and fetch or return a tool for them.
The system could have a mat (see illustration) which the robot could drive to and place the tools in their specific spot.
If a voice-recognition system would be infeasible, then a key pad with a magnetic back could attach to the bottom of the car.
I believe the robot could carry the tools via an electromagnet system.
With this system, the mechanic could safely keep the underside of the car free from clutter.