|58||Smart Trash Can
Ying Ming Lee
|Project Members: Didrick Manahan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Syed Ali (email@example.com), Michael Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ying Ming Lee (email@example.com)
*4 person group in discussion with Professor Fliflet
When I was younger my grandma used to live with us and she had a lot of medical problems, the main one being arthritis and her body would ache with every movement. She would only reside on the first floor because of the pain in movement so that she didn’t have to climb any stairs. I recall always having to bring her the trash can whenever she needed because she didn't want to get out of the bed. This was a constant issue because she needed the trash can a lot for various reasons and I was always the one bringing it. We wanted to take this problem and create a real world solution that might come in handy for elderly people.
Nowadays automation is seen everywhere to make life more convenient: cleaning the floor (roomba), self driving cars, etc. and we believe a smart trash can that is capable of coming to where you are located may ease the burden of elderly/disabled people when having to get up and walk in order to throw something away. Our project would be limited to one floor, as the trash can wouldn’t be able to climb stairs, and would be summoned through an app that we would make that connects to the trash can to provide the location of the user as well as monitors the capacity of the trash can through the use of sensors in which the user will be able to see how full the trash can is through the app. We would also like to include a motion sensor so that the user can simply wave their hand to open the trash can.
- Main chassis for electronics
- Attachable bin for garbage can
- Hidden Wheels (similar to Roomba) that can operate on any floor type (hardwood, carpet, tile, etc.)
- Motor Mounts
- Microcontroller (Raspberry Pie or Arduino) for statistical computing and decision making based on data collected from sensors (with library compatibility, built in peripherals, input/output latency, etc.)
- Classification/Object Avoidance Algorithm (possibly with Real-Time OS capability) to detect surrounding environment
- PIR sensor with Fresnel Lens for more accurate detection of hand (garbage lid automatically opens)
- LIDAR/Ultrasonic for sensing possible obstacles/objects on the path from original destination to target destination (possibly with stereo camera)
- NFC sensor used for close range accuracy
- IR sensors for distance detection of original position (If using a charging dock, IR emitters on the dock to determine the position of charging dock)
- *Possibly considering Bosch BNO055 sensor to resolve any issues concerning orientation/navigation
- Power Supply: Battery (possibly charging dock similar to Roomba)
- Battery Management System
- Mobile Application that user can use to signal trash can to arrive at target location
Criterion for Success:
- The trash is able to traverse from its original location to the target location of the user, and then back to the original location while successfully avoiding obstacles in its path.
- The trash can must be able to properly communicate information to the smartphone app.
- The trash can must be able to successfully open and close based on motion from the user.