News

  • 11/6 Media Exposure!

  • 10/28 Demo Day

  • 10/27 Final writeup and testing complete

  • 10/23 Webpage reorganization and updates

  • 10/22 Added Bios and more photos

  • 10/21 Photo gallery added

  • 10/20 Completed the construction of second robot

  • 10/18 New website design

  • 10/17 Testing begins on second robot board

  • 10/16 Maze construction is complete

MazeBots

Description

The objective of this project is to develop a cooperative system for solving mazes. By using several semi-autonomous robots in conjunction with a smart base station, a solution to a maze can be found in a distributed manner. A graphical user interface at the base station reports the status and allows for manual control of each robot.

Two tank-tread style robots will be tracing a maze of reflective tape strips. A set of six opto-reflector sensors are used to keep the vehicle on track and detect intersections. Two similar opto-interrupter sensors are used to measure distance by counting the gaps in each tread.

Each robot moves through the maze under base station control until it encounters an intersection. The base station will continuously poll the active robots to determine their locations in the maze and issue movement commands. Status and commands are communicated to and from the base station by way of a radio frequency transceiver link.

Team Members

David Cox
Harry J. Eisenbise
David Higgs

Instructor

Dr. Czernikowski


Final Writeup

Report
Poster

Diagrams


Robot Block Diagram - See schematics for more detailed info


Robot Sensor Placement - See schematics for more detailed info

 

© Copyright 2003 David Cox, Harry Eisenbise, David Higgs