ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
TeamDARE is a small team of enthousiastic engineering specialists that share a common hobby: building robots!. The team originates from an internship at the TU/e back in 2001, while participating at Eurobot.
The team is unique in combining industry experience in embedded, intelligent systems, from daily work with long term friendship and experience in robot building. The teams strength is its balance and synergy between mechanics, electronics and computer science. This and help from sponsors make it possible for the team members to combine these endeavors with their full time jobs.
TeamDARE always strives to develop and design their own solutions, with attention to simplicity and low cost. This includes circuit design and layout, building and designing mechanical constructions that require a minimum amount of difficult-to-construct parts, and software design with a preference for open source and solutions that are backed-up by thriving software communities.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
TeamDARE has been building robots and participated at competitions such as Robot Wars in 2002 and Eurobot in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, TeamDARE participated in the Artemis Orchestra Contest which was the start of building the robot band.
What was your goal in building this project?
The goal is to build a band of robot musicians that is as entertaining as a their human equivalents.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
The robots overcome the music playing skills that their creators lack
What makes your idea unique?
Their are a few other robot bands in the world (The Trons for example), but TeamDARE is unique in their focus on playing acoustical instruments without any modification of the instrument.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
Since the robot orchestra is fitted with 24 electromechanical actuators, there are a lot of rotating shafts. Wherever possible the mechanics are mounted directly onto the motor or gearbox shaft, fully utilizing the load capacity of the motor or gearbox bearings. In most cases these bearings are grease lubricated shielded deep-groove bearings.
The most demanding bearing application is the support of the pan flute. The flute base construction consists of 3 concentric shafts (the middle of which is stationary), which leaves only very limited space for the bearings. In this application, thin section deep groove ball bearings have been used.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
Building robots is great fun to do because it covers many aspects: mechanics electronics, software, design, etc. As a result, each part no matter how small or hidden needs to be considered.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
TeamDare would use the $10.000 prize money to realize a new automated band member. We are currently working on a double bass, the Saxophone is still on our which list....