Our project, the Gerbil, is an attempt to design a small robot that will have the ability to navigate around an area, detect any objects it encounters, and maintain a current map of these objects. Among many other things, such a robot will allow areas such as hospitals to be cleaned of biohazards and other wastes which could pose health risks to human counterparts.The Gerbil will navigate using a positioning and object sensory system, whose output signals will be manipulated by a microprocessor. The processor will then be responsible for directing the robot's movements and creating and updating the map of the area as needed.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440. Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem. This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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