1A – Basic Circuits Project – The Anti-Social Robot
Group Members: Annabelle Lee, Jeff Houng, Ruben Markowitz
Roles: Annabelle Lee as the Scribe, Jeff Houng as the Integrator, Ruben Markowitz as the Designer
Presently, technology is a huge driving force behind progress and human development. Despite all that technology has helped us accomplish, it also plays a different role in our lives. It engrosses us with an endless barrage of information, wanted or not. The Anti-Social Robot serves as a statement about the dark side born when human behavior meets technology.
As each one of us embrace our niche in technology – video games, online shopping, videos, social media – we spend interacting with others in real life. Even as we send each other sociable fragments on the Internet, we’re slowly distancing ourselves from each other.
The Anti-Social Robot mimics and translates this distancing into a literal and observable form. As you approach the little man engulfed with technology, he invariably drifts away from you, trapped alone in his little bubble.
A rangefinding sensor triggers two motors to move the man away from you.
The electronic components of the robot consist mainly of a Sharp 2Y0A21 IR rangefinding sensor and a general purpose NPN transistor. The power supply is a LiPo 3.7V battery, which powers the electronics and 2 5v DC motors with built in gear boxes, with a ratio of 143:1, to increase torque. The body of the robot is 1/8″ Masonite for the structure, and 1/8″ PMMA clear plastic for the display. These parts were laser cut to enhance precision.
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