Project Type MQP Submission date 2012-04-26 Authors Paul Michael Heslinga, heslinga@WPI.EDU, RBE Kyle Walker Padelford, ME Stephen Michael Poppa, ME Caleb J Swieson, RBE ECE URN E-project-042612-070256 Title Realization of a Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robot Advisors Nestinger, Stephen, ME Looft, Fred J., ECE Availability unrestricted
This project realized a self-reconfigurable modular robot for search & rescue applications. The module was designed to move independently and connect with other modules. A single module was roughly 3x3x6 and weighed 2lbs. The module had three degrees of freedom, giving it individual mobility and high system configurability. The small module size and untethered operation necessitated an innovative design and strategic placement of the microcontroller, wireless communication, motors & control systems, sensors, and battery. An external magnetic connection mechanism using electrically switchable permanent magnets was designed, allowing the modules to connect and disconnect repeatedly.
Files MODBOT_ECE_Presentation.pdf ModBot_ME_Poster.pdf Modbot_MQP.mpg ModBot_RBE_Poster.pdf MODBOT_RBE_Presentation.pdf MQP_Report.pdf
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