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Scholarship Submission: Emergency Pathfinder Answered

Here is my idea on what the iCreate can be useful for, and quite possibly save lives: Have the robot follow the parameter of the house, using special indicators to map out the doors. This would most likely be something like shining a flashlight on it with the robot reconizing that through a photosensor. Once it maps the doors it lays dormant in it's initial starting position, either under a desk, in a hallway or wherever. It would enter a low power consumption sleep mode in which it would take carbon monoxide/smoke readings through a sensor every 1-2 seconds. If it detected a preset level of CO/smoke it would make a high speed pass to each of the doors it had learned about earlier and take additional CO/smoke readings as well as temperature. It would then return to the door with the lowest reading and use high intensity LEDs and a 15w or 30w siren to alert residents that there is in fact a fire and which exit is likely to be the best way out. This design isn't nearly as complicated as some of the others, but I believe it is something that could definately be pulled of and could actually provide some benefit to everyone.

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Kira_Koenig
Kira_Koenig

12 years ago

I like to see the outcome of this project, I think it could have a bigger purpose in say a High rise building, and even lead the residents to the nearest (and safest) fire exit. Good Luck! :)

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asyn
asyn

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, I have thought about that too. Obviously something like that is outside the scope of this project, but if you could wifi them together in a sort of ad-hoc group then it could make "hivemind" decisions based on the conditions above and below it. If I do win I might attempt that since I'll have some spare bots and we have a multi-level fire training facility down the road from here. It certainly would be cool seeing half a dozen of these things running around screaming "Fire!" at 90db.

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aarone
aarone

12 years ago

This is a very cool idea. Do you have any way to safely test it? We don't want you flooding your house with CO trying to make sure the system works properly, or starting a fire. Also, Carbon Monoxide doesn't mean there's a fire necessarily. It would probably be easiest to use a virtual wall as a marker for a door. Also, if the robot is going to be measuring for CO levels, I would suggest that it actually roam the house, rather than just sit in a particular spot. The CO level might be at the other end of the house building up. Also keep in mind that CO tends to rise more often than fall Good luck to you!