Due: In class demo during the final exam with papers due the following day.
You're group will choose one of two projects to do for your final project.
Project 1) Project 1 has a maximum possible grade of B+. You will use the multiplo robot to find a light in a maze such as the one below. You are to create a robot that can find a light in an arbitrary maze with obstacles (made of the same maze materials) in it. Your robot will be dropped somewhere in the maze (chosen by the instructor on demo day) and will have to find the light. When the robot finds the light, it should stop no more than 12-13 cm (about 5 inches) from the light and play a tune for about 4 seconds. Once you start the robot in its corner, you cannot touch it again until it either runs out of time or claims to have found the light and stopped. Your robot has five minutes to perform this task. You will be penalized for your robot (or any student) moving any part of the environment. (the walls of the maze cannot be easily moved, but the light is is more movable, and more dangerous for the robot)
Don't forget to charge your robot. If you ever start to see weird behavior running the same program that used to work, try recharging the xbc.
All of the issues that you learned about in your last lab still apply including
sometimes the same power level produces different speeds in different motors
sometimes the same stimulus will produce different output from two different sensors.
The project report is a report of what you tried to do, what you did, what you learned and what you accomplished. To make my correcting easier, let me give you guidelines on what I'd like to see in it. Make sure you use section headings to make each section easy to find.
this is where you explain the problem you were trying to solve and why it is relevant
Here tell me what sort of robot you designed (in hardware). Tell me what worked and what did not work. Discuss what you learned based on what worked and what did not.
Here discuss what sort of control program you built. Again tell me what worked and what did not. Discuss what you learned about robot control software from your experience. Discuss your approach and its relevance to both the current task at hand and the general problem of robots acting in the world.
Include a diagram of your behaviors and their interactions.
Evaluate your robot
Evaluate your robots suitability for the task and the environment include your robot's actual performance in the demo. How well would your robot perform in other environments?
Summarize what you learned. Consider the following target audience: next year's robotics students. In this section, summarize from the preceding sections all of the worthwhile dos and don'ts that you discovered in doing this lab. It is not really relevant that your robot did really great unless you tell the reader why. Think about what you would have liked to know when you first saw this lab, and if you have any insights after doing the lab, share them here.