Looft, Fred J.
This project realized a self-reconfigurable modular robot for search & rescue applications. The module was designed to move independently and connect with other modules. A single module was roughly 3x3x6Â” and weighed 2lbs. The module had three degrees of freedom, giving it individual mobility and high system configurability. The small module size and untethered operation necessitated an innovative design and strategic placement of the microcontroller, wireless communication, motors & control systems, sensors, and battery. An external magnetic connection mechanism using electrically switchable permanent magnets was designed, allowing the modules to connect and disconnect repeatedly.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Major Qualifying Project
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