- 3D PRINTING
- HOME AUTOMATION
- INTERNET OF THINGS
- KIDS & EDUCATION
- RECYCLING & UPCYCLING
- YOUNG MAKERS (< 18)
- ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
- OPEN SOURCE
- NEW MANUFACTURING
- WELLNESS & HEALTHCARE
- ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
- FOOD & AGRICULTURE
- 3D SCANNING
- CULTURAL HERITAGE
- MUSIC & SOUND
- ARTISANS & NEW CRAFT
- FASHION & WEARABLES
- STEAM PUNK
Small Scout Rover Project
We built exploration rovers which have the capability to move around autonomously, achieve a series of fixed objectives and conduct specific functions, depending on what they're commanded to do.
They are programmed to move both independently and remotely from ground station (namely a computer). They know how to recognize obstacles in front and behind them, continuously sending data, received from a few sensors, to the controller. Moreover, one of the rovers can recharge itself by means of two solar panels and take, if requested, pictures and video using the camera mounted on it.
To achieve these objectives, the starting point was a prefab track-laying stage and a 3D printed base on which the electromechanical structures were mounted on, entirely 3D designed and printed by the members.
The rovers are managed by a single-board-computer Raspberry Pi3 (essentially a computer with Linus OS), accessible by connecting it and the ground station to the same Wi-Fi connection.
The most important sensors mounted on the rovers are:
• Distance sensors: They constantly transmit the registered distance via ultrasound signals. Through a dedicated function, if the rovers are moving and the distance between them and an object decreases below a minimum value, they are able to stop and change path;
• IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit, it’s a complex of sensors, namely an accelerometer, a compass, a gyroscope and a temperature sensor). It allows the rovers to be aware of their positioning and orientation and of the direction they are moving towards;
• The GPS can recognize its position on the Earth globe, visualized on the ground station map.
• The pan-tilt and the servo-driver are the set of structure and control which support and direct the camera in every direction. It can be directed above, below, left and right, through the setting of two servomotors, with a 180° span on both directions.
• Camera (12MP) can capture images and videos (limited fps) and send it to the grond station in real time.