Bin Buddy is an autonomous waste cart moving system that navigates itself and the attached waste cart to and from the waste collection area, following the city's collection schedule. Bringing out the garbage every week is a mundane chore that can be carved out from people's lives, especially for elderly and disabled people. By using ultrasonic sensors and setting boundaries to simplify our problem to a hallway problem, Bin Buddy will be able to detect large obstacles while navigating itself. Since Bin Buddy will be navigating in the vicinity of homes, it must adhere to safety and engineering standards as well as follow the municipal bylaws. To simplify communication with the user, Bin Buddy must also have a user interface.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. These capstone projects ask groups to create an innovative product that can act as a solution to a real-life problem. Students are required to submit a number of assignments as part of ENSC 405W (proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and a proof of concept) before actually building and testing the product in ENSC 440.
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