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63 Educational Development Board for RoboThink
Anthony Shvets
Zhe Tang
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Project Members are:
Anthony Shvets : shvets2
Zhe Tang: zhetang2

The purpose and focus of this project will be to develop a control board for a flexible robotics building system. The system as a whole would allow young students to easily create their own robotic designs outfitted with servo motors, DC motors, and Sensors while also being easily programmable using color (where unique colors would result in unique actions).

An example I would like to bring up is of a student that builds a robot with DC motors controlling the wheels for movement, a servo motor for a claw at the front of the robot and a few color sensors to detect a drawn path and spots near the path to issue an action. This robot would start traveling straight and its color sensor detects the color blue (let’s say this means turn left) and the robot turns left roughly 90 degrees. Then it continues until the sensor detects orange (let’s say this means close servo) and the robot grips an object in front of it, turns around and then continues traveling until it detects another actionable color or a stop condition, which could be a unique color or combination of colors across multiple color sensors.

The benefit this provides young kids is to work with programmable robots from a very early age, due to the easy to understand color based coding system, and also be able adapt those robots to different shapes and functions.

Again, the focus of the project will be around the control board. Not the development of the plastics and motors used in the robots as those are already developed. The control board will be able to control DC motors, Servo motors, and will take input from at least 4 color sensors (2 for path detection and ~2 for action detection).

Laser Harp MIDI Controller with Musical Articulations

Yingxi Hai, Hanze Tu

Laser Harp MIDI Controller with Musical Articulations

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