“Police Assist”, is an automated, unobtrusive data collection system to be worn by police officers that incorporates a body-mounted high resolution camera that allows for recording and transmission of data. The goals for the product:
- Gather live evidence, such as more accurate descriptions of incidents and to protect officers from frivolous lawsuits
- Transmit the officer’s location to other officers and their station
- Monitor the status of multiple patrolling officers
The project was exhibited in the On You exhibition at the Museum of Design in Atlanta.
IDE for developing robot software
The main objective of our project is to eradicate this fragmented development. The IDE was designed for robots with the subsumption style of architecture.
- An End-to-End IDE with all the features like intellisense, compilation features and feedback as Output Execution.
- Remote Control of robots can be done in this IDE by sending executable files to any remote robot connected to the Network. Thus, the developer can control multiple robots from a single platform.
- Compilation on the IDE is easy and you must get feedbacks as outputs or errors in that same IDE.
- An array of libraries for controlling the hardware platform through the serial and parallel port.
- Dynamic Image Processing by using libraries in the IDE means code is easy to write and is simple to understand and code. This means complex code can be developed in a short time.
- Reusable Code is produced as the same code can be used on different hardware platforms. The software can communicate with 8 bit, 16 bit hardware or 32 bit platforms easily.
- Firmware to be developed in Project Mantis for easy controlling of hardware platforms through serial and parallel port. This firmware ensures easy flexibility and scalability.
Prithvi 2 (Elecrama 2006)
Robotic research platforms are used in research and in industries for developing and tewsting various algorithms, for performing monotonous tasks, operating in human unfriendly conditions, etc. They are also used as prototypes for conducting research for building application-specific robots. In a country like India, the research platform will not only help researchers, but also help the students.
Currently, we are working on upgrading Prithvi 2. When it won the third prize in Elecrama 2006 exhibition, it was a stable hardware platform which could run all kinds on algorithms on it. In the next phase, a software platform is being developed to write algorithms and make the hardware more scalable. It is code named “Project Mantis”.
Gladiator was developed for IITB’s International Contest, Survivor in Techfest 2005. This robot qualified in the top 40 robots for competing in this tournament.
The robot was semi-autonomous. It could be controlled wirelessly. It also had downward looking IR sensor to detect white line. The robot could follow this white line autonomously. The robot had to survive a free fall of 1 meter in the competition. Hence, it was mechanically robust and it could even be driven when it was inverted.
The theme of this competition was Halong Bay Discovery. To find more about the theme, google Robocon 2007.
We finished as one of the top 3 teams in this competition.
The theme of this competition was to build the Petronas tower. For this purpose U shaped blocks where kept on the field and a tower had to be constructed. We used a similar architecture that we had used in Robocon 2005.
We finished as one of the top 8 teams in this competition. I also controlled the only manual robot for our team.
This was the third year of Robocon in India and my first national competition. We had to design pick and place robots that complete a task. The robots had a brain of ATMEGA ATMEL 16/32.
I was a part of the team that developed hardware. We used IR sensors from TI, OPT 101 and MC 33886 Freescale motor drivers in this competition.