Phase 0 - Customer and Research

STRV started as an idea to be a robot that would be able to navigate buildings that had been destroyed by earthquake, flood or fire and map all the details about structual integrity without causing a large impact putting itself at risk. The project budget was fixed at $2000 to make a prototype that functions and performs the desired tasks. Stair climbing would be important, object avoidance and crawl functions. 2 Way Communication is required that can be setup or is stable during a power loss period.

Part of this project is funded by a private entinty that is interested in the applications that it can be used for and the final sale of this project. A functioning prototype will help to demonstrate the technology and provide additional funding to allow this product to be taken to market.

Phase 1 - Part Selection

The Part selection began for this project with the choice of Embedded Server. The project began on a PogoPlug. Yes our's was pink too. We decided that this would have quite the effect on our project so we took the motherboard out of it and found some standoffs to mount it on. After we ran into some reliabilty issues with this we went to a BeagleBoard which allowed us to have more flexibility but limited our storage and USB bandwidth. Our final choice was to go with a BeagleBone which gave us the possibility to get multiple attachments and not run into a memory issue.

The Mechanical components for this project were supplied by LynxMotion. Our Motors and bearing were all purchased through them as well to allow us to monitor and test their new products as a complete system. Part of the project was to control motion arms and have them rotate under and lock into position. Our first though was to use high strength servo motors but because of the high cost we chose to use stepper motors instead. Our stepper motors are ___.

Phase 2 - Prototype

Phase 3 - Software

Phase 4 - Software

Phase 5 - Launch

Phase 6 - Documentation