Shakerbot-Snakeboard inspired robot

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Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

The ShakerBOT is a robot that mimics the movement of a snakeboard. The basic idea is to have two pairs of steering wheels and a motor with a high inertia flywheel representing the body of the rider. As the steering wheels define the direction of motion, the high inertia flywheel accelerates giving a push to the system. It was designed in order to develop new and advanced gaits to apply on a in real life model. The project was made to be used for different robotic applications and research in the future.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

The first phases of the project started back in March 2012 and the system was completed mid May 2012. CAD and CAE were done in three weeks, while manufacturing and ordering some parts took a month, assembly and programming took another three weeks to complete.

What was your goal in building this project?

The goal of the project is to provide a platform for further research in geometric control in addition to motion planning and computer vision applications.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

The project provides a very simple snakeboard robot model that is easy to maintain and to troubleshoot. Although it doesn't provide a solution to a specific problem, but it will be a platform for further research and development in robotic applications.

What makes your idea unique?

The idea that makes this system unique is its simplicity, as a user can send different inputs to the motors through bluetooth and observe the outputs. The communication protocol is so simple any software, even simple hyperterminal software can run the system without any problem.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

Simple sealed bearings(with shield) were used in order to hold the heavy and high inertia flywheel in place without damaging the motor. Although the flywheel weighs only 2Kg, but the small DC motor could get damaged, thus 10mm bearings were crucial for the system to function properly.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

The project is a low-cost system that can be fun to make at home or even at school. The original technique for movement proves that such a system with no motors at the wheels can actually achieve displacement much like snakes or any legless animal.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

The prize shall be used for different upcoming projects involving transforming original ideas into actual systems. Having the required skills, it is evident that the prize could be a big push for development of innovative DIY projects that will have the full instructions posted online. This will help others make or modify then make the same projects and enjoy the process just like we did for the ShakerBot.

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