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1/20
First class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
Initial Post due 11:59p
1/27
Second class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
2/3
Third class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 1002 ECEB
Project approval due 4:45p
2/10
Fourth class meeting 4:00p - 5:50p 3002 ECEB
Proposals due 11:59p
2/17
First ZJUI class (China section only) China
Eagle assignment due 11:59p
2/24
Design Document due 11:59p
3/2
3/9
3/16
Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break
3/23
3/30
4/6
4/13
4/20
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
Mock demo During weekly TA mtg
4/27
5/4
Lab checkout 3:00p - 4:30p 2070 ECEB
Award Ceremony and Pizza 4:30p - 5:30p 3002 ECEB
Lab Notebook Due due 11:59p Google Drive
Final papers due 11:59p

Amphibious Spherical Explorer

Kaiwen Chen, Junhao Su, Zhong Tan

Amphibious Spherical Explorer

Featured Project

The amphibious spherical explorer (ASE) is a spherical robot for home monitoring, outdoor adventure or hazardous environment surveillance. Due to the unique shape of the robot, ASE can travel across land, dessert, swamp or even water by itself, or be casted by other devices (e.g. slingshot) to the mission area. ASE has a motion-sensing system based on Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and rotary magnetic encoder, which allows the internal controller to adjust its speed and attitude properly. The well-designed control system makes the robot free of visible wobbliness when it is taking actions like acceleration, deceleration, turning and rest. ASE is also a platform for research on control system design. The parameters of the internal controller can be assigned by an external control panel in computer based on MATLAB Graphic User Interface (GUI) which communicates with the robot via a WiFi network generated by the robot. The response of the robot can be recorded and sent back to the control panel for further analysis. This project is completely open-sourced. People who are interested in the robot can continue this project for more interesting features, such as adding camera for real-time surveillance, or controller design based on machine learning.

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