Mechatronics/Robotics projects

  • Forbidden ForestForbidden Forest
Autonomous Board Game
Prof. Ed Carryer
Class project for ME 218A (Smart Product Design Fundamentals) Fall 2011
'The Forbidden Forest' is an automated board game. The concept of the game is similar to a traditional board game -'snakes and ladders'. In this game, a pawn moves as many steps on the board as the number rolled on the dice. Here, instead of rolling the dice a button is pressed and a number is displayed by a row of fast moving LEDs. The reason behind just a row of fast moving LEDs dislaying a number is 'persistence of vision'. If the pawn reaches the destination by overcoming obstacles in limited amount of time it wins. The working model was presented to and played by those that attended the Stanford University Smart Product Design Fundamentals presentation in Autumn 2011. To know more about the project, please click here.
  • Orbital SumoOrbital Sumo
Orbital Sumo
Prof. Ed Carryer
Class project for ME 218B (Smart Product Design Applications) Winter 2012
Orbital Sumo is an automated robot, which collects as many ping pong balls as it can from the arena and drops them into the bins at the corners of the arena. These bins are detected and distinguished by different frequency Infra-Red emitters situated in each of the 4 bins. The working model was presented to those that attended the Stanford University Smart Product Design Applications presentation in Winter 2012. To know more about the project, please click here.
  • Human Zombie VehicleHuman Zombie Vehicle
Boat controlled by Drums
Prof. Ed Carryer
Class project for ME 218C (Smart Product Design Practice) Spring 2012
Alligator HZV (Human-Zombie Vehicle) is a boat that can be remotely controlled. Here unlike the traditional remote controllers, a pair of drums is used to control the direction, speed and attacking mechanism of the HZV. The direction of the boat was controlled by playing the left drum, right drum or both drums to go left, right or straight respectively. The speed is directly proportional to the pace at which the drums are played. The working model was presented to and used by those that attended the Stanford University Smart Product Design Practice presentation near Terman Pond in Spring 2012. To know more about the project, please click here.
  • Mobile HelipadMobile Helipad
Mobile Helipad
Prof.Oussama Khatib
Class project for CS 225A (Experimental Robotics) Spring 2012
Landing a helicopter safely is not a trivial task. It requires many hours of practice for the pilot to make a safe landing. To make the landing process simple for the pilot, this project simulated a compliant helipad for the landing helicopter, hence 'Mo'bile 'H'eli'pad'. A 1 sqft platform made out of styrofoam (end effector) was attached to the robotic arm 'KUKA'. The arm was programmed to track the helicoptor. Tracking was done by using kinect to get the location of the helicopter and the end-effector was moved to that location by moving the appropriate joints of the arm. To view the working video, please click here.
  • Automated Book ReaderAutomated Book Reader
Book Reader with an integrated page turner
Prof. Gnanamoorthy
Product Design Lab 2010-2011
The task of flipping pages while reading a book might be easy task for many but that is not the case for most of the physically challenged people. This project addresses this need by building an automated page turner. To view the working video, please click here.



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