Thursday, 29 June 2006

Student ID & Name

RAI   Student ID 0595XXX

Title of project

Developing of micro robot using hopping locomotion principle

Subtitle

Micro hopping robots that is sensible to light

Keywords
micro robot, light sensitive, hopping

Objective & Aim of achievement

Long focus

  • Creating micro hopping robot for disaster survivor detection

Short focus

· Creating micro hopping robot that is sensitive to light

· Developing how to make the micro hopping robot can be faster

· Controlling the movement of the micro robots (direction etc)

Outline of Project

1) Principle of locomotion is hopping

2) The micro robot using body that is created using software MiniCAD 7.0

3) The robot is sensible to light

Principle & Approach

The robot will use hopping locomotion instead of wheel or legs. The advantage is it will be easier to make small robots using hopping locomotion. If we use wheel, the motor will be bigger so the dimension of robot will be bigger too and if we use leg (e.g. ASIMO, AIBO) it will cost a lot and the size will be big too. The micro robot will use two DC motors to control its movement. Some of the micro robots are using only one DC motors, but it is difficult to control.

Application for the robots is for rapid location of survivors of collapsed buildings from natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Owing to the small size of the robots, they should be able to penetrate rubble better and faster than larger robots or even trained dog or human.

Schedule

October            Meeting with my professor and find topic of research

November        Reading some paper related to my research

Discuss with laboratory member about my research

Nov 29th – Dec 13th Hopping Locomotion Principle

Dec 14th – Jan 10th make electric circuit of the robot

Jan 11th – Jan 24th DC Vibrating Motor

Jan 24th – Feb 7th MiniCAD 7.0 software

Feb 7th – Feb 21st Creating some part of robot’s body

Feb 21st – March 3rd Preparing Poster Presentation

April                  Reviewing last semester research and try to make robot’s body

using MiniCAD windows based, but unfortunately the cutting

machine only worked under Mac OS

May                    Thinking what to be added for the robot, if it is possible a

Camera, that is small enough to be attached in the robot,

June                   Learning about robotic rescue competitions.

Status of project

I have learnt the locomotion principle of the micro hopping robot.

I have made the electronic circuit of the micro robots.

I have learnt and tried to use software MiniCAD 7.0

Problem

  • Software is in Japanese
  • It won’t be easy to control the robot movement
  • It need several times to make robot’s body

References

[1] R. Misumi, S. Kurata, H. Aoyama, Design and development of Micro Hopping Robots for Rescue Operation,

[2] H. Aoyama, D. Misaki, T. Sumrall, Micro Hopping Robot with IR Sensor for Disaster Survivor Detection, IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, Kobe, 2005

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