EXPLAINED: Tracerbot will circle while tracing on paper a object placed next to it. It utilizes a Spark Photon kit, cut out plexi sub-structure, wheels, 9v batteries, sensors and more. It detects a objects shape and leaving a outline of it.
CHOSEN: We chose this project because utilizing multiple seniors to mimic a 3D object connected all our skill sets in a unique wholistic way. With our group interests we hoped to learn the process and explore a fresh way to abstractly copy a 3D object.
CRITIQUED: Tracerbot is in the works with almost all issues resolved to trace. The functional plexiglass framework is a great way to elegantly arrange and practically facilitate the mechanical parts needed for adjustable forward movement, engaging the marker, and sensing the object. The Photon code was looping incorrectly, then solved. There are many practical applications that can be expanded from this prototype for industrial use, mapping dangerous environments or just a mechanical robot duplication in real 3D time with a physical result. If we were to change or improve/advance a larger hole for multiple size markers would add versatility. We hope to bring it to the next level by filling in the outline in a elegant way.The loop closure is a little clunky and when solved will offer great opportunities for more accurate duplication. Fine art making may also be an exciting application.
RELATED: Our project excited us, as it will give visual indicators (trace) of a object after it has been removed, like a opposite sunburn or snow angel or persons outline on paper. The many ‘fill in’ solutions i.e.. zig zag, random until filled, and spiral; brought to mind how robot vacuums utilize sensors and creatively trouble shoot the best way to fill in the traced shape.
- For example the very popular Roomba domestic vacuum cleaner robot.
- Kiva Systems also related to our goal movements and somewhat autonomous robot potential.
- Artist Keith Haring art with its simple shapes of people, animals and things filled in with bright colors was also a referance for inspiration. Is our tracerbot the prototype for a next gen. fine art star?