A small remote-controlled car will be outfitted with ultrasonic range fingers to detect and relay
relative wall and object positions; this data will be used to construct a rough floorplan of the environment on a wirelessly-connected PC. Application areas include many varieties of constrained or hazardous environment exploration.
The car's direction of travel and speed will be
monitored with an on-board compass and rotary encoder, respectively. Wireless transmission will be
performed over a pair of 2.4GHz ZigBee modules; the host PC will receive, interpret, and condition the car's sensor data. An
application for the PC will be created which tracks the sensor information
and builds a virtual map in a graphical user interface. The user will be able to pan, zoom, rotate, print, and save these maps.
The vehicle is being constructed as a Computer Engineering Senior Design Project at the Rochester Institute of Technology, to be completed in Fall 2006.