Thecurrent project aimed at designing a robot that can automaticallylift and transfer loads from one point to another. The main challengein the first checkpoint was to design and program the robot is such away that it could follow a certain path while carrying a ball. Formany industries, the process of lifting and moving loads is donemanually. Most of the lifting and moving machineries such as theconveyer systems also require the presence of trained operator. Thecurrent project aims and designing and programming a robot that wouldbe able to lift and move loads from one point to anotherautomatically. Utilization of such robots that would be able to liftand move loads from one point to another will not only lead toreduced cases of injuries and accidents that occur during movement ofloads, but it will also lead to increased efficiency and speed withwhich heavy loads in industries can be moved from one point toanother.
Robotsand robotics dates many years ago but the real advancements in robotbuilding and innovation in the last few years mainly thelast decade of the 20th century. Increased technological growthin the past two decades has also seen increased innovations in thefield of robotics which is basically the branch of technology thatfocuses on the designing, construction, operating and application ofrobots and other automatic systems as well as the related computersystems. Robots are normally used in place of human beings insituations and settings that may be dangerous to humans. Suchsituations include searching for explosives in a crime scene,locating survivors in a burning building and moving of heavy loads.A number of the robotic systems are usually put in steady andfixed positions in reality with limit mobility. Robots areknown to carry out flexible though very rigid manufacturing processesthat are said to be computer-aided. The systems in most cases have acomputer or gadget that is programmed to control and manage theoperations as well as effects of the devices. The firstcommercial robot was created in 1961 by Joseph Engel Berger andGeorge Deroe who are known to be the fathers’ robotics.This first generation of robots was mainly utilized in industrieswhere the processes were monotonous, hazardous and heavy. During theearly years of robotics, utilization of robots in industries was notpopular. However, extensive utilization in Japanese motor industriesled to widespread utilization of robots and further development andapplication in other processes. The widespread application of robotsin various sectors of the economy have resulted to varying types ofrobots including educational robots, industrial robots, healthcarerobots, agricultural robots among many others.
Severalissues were considered when coming with up with the currentdesign. These factors include the practical function of the design,the desired shape and form of the robot, the most appropriatematerials for the design and the most appropriate construction methodfor the design. In order to assemble all the requisite materials andmachines for the project, a total of approximately $ 300 isrequired. Apart from financial constraints, other anticipatedconstraints include integration of multi-modal information andlearning of deep hierarchies.
Ethicalcodes are present across all academic and professional societies. Forthe current project, some of the ethical issues that may ariseinclude full participation of group members, honest recording andreporting of data related to the testing of the robot as well ascoming up with an appropriate design that is not based on otherexisting designs.
Theobjective of the team is to come up with a robotic design that willrequire very little human intervention in carrying out its operation.Additionally, the team aims at identifying any operational and designerrors that may impact the way the robot works. The team also aims atfinishing the project within the stipulated period.