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For my final year project (next year) I can create just about anything which involves advanced technology ideas. One possibility I considered is making a robot. Not just a robot, but maybe a robot designed to explore Mars. If I use plastic moulding, it's actually quite cheap, at least for creating a model designed to demonstrate ideas.
Anyway, a robot was just one of the possible ideas I had. But if I make such a thing, I want to get some ideas early, instead of leaving it until the thing is due.
So... Anyone, any ideas you have at all, please post them in here for me to consider. Any possible concepts for structure, mobility, materials, power, anything.
07-20-02, 09:24 AM
Disembowel a furby and... reprogram it to...
be evil. :bugeye:
(I just saw "The Gremlins")
You"re in final year already?
Final year is next year. I start that particular project in late July next year, but rather than wait until then to start thinking about it, I'd rather get some ideas now.
so we are in the same year i guess.but which semseter?
i am just starting with my third year.
I'm doing a 3-year degree, Bachelor Of Technology - Computers. The first year I did at an unattached college, and this year is my first at university. Unfortunately we have not focused as much on computers as I would like, not so far. We've done all sorts of electrical and communications things, only a tiny bit of programming. We just started second semester this week, and my subjects are now focusing more on computers, which is groovy. It's a rather intense course, heaps of people dropped out over the semester break, or changed to other degrees.
The robot idea is just one possibility. I also had an idea to work on a laser of some kind, just coz I love the idea of making a raygun. :D Maybe even a railgun! :D
I just thought making a robot would be heaps of fun.
Thats a big topic. I would suggest you start by breaking it down into sections. Figure what you want or can afford to consider for Inputs, Outputs, Metabolism, Processing and Power. If you get your list together ask away on possible hardware solutions.
Salvaged Mouse Buttons
Hairs - Metal wire through holes in metal with a rubber
Conductive rubber (Calculator keys ?)
Bumber Bars with microswitch.
Semiconductor Diodes ( Electronics required :-)
Hall effect sensors
Kinesthesia ( Force/weight)
Infrared Direction finder.
Mercury Attitude sensor.
RF - (Model radio control ?)
Smile - Video screen ?
Gearing, pulleys, rack and pinion, Geared motors...
Pneumatics - Air pump, resevoir and pistons.
Hydrollics - leaks
Memory Metal - Nitonol
Remote Link ?
And once you have this together think about how to put it all together. Worry about weight, size, joints and how to get wire or tube past the joints and how to protect it from damage, particularly when it goes crazy. And it will go crazy trust me!
P.S. Excuse spelling.
Thats interesting,because during my high school days we built a Ruby laser for our Technical day.
Zion, I wish I went to your high school! :D
Today in the lecture for Computer Organisation, the lecturer is this guy who is involved in all my uni's robotics projects, the R&D stuff. I mentioned a couple of my ideas to him today after the lecture and he said "You're hired". So maybe if I do well in this degree, I might get in on the robotics R&D stuff around here. :D