The iHub Robotics Group is at it again! This time we will be conducting a two-day boot camp running from the 7th and 8th of September at the iHub using ATMEGA 32 microcontrollers. Our challenge? To come up with and successfully build projects to suit beginners, as well as intermediary and advanced users. What we seek to do is bring together a team of creative participants from diverse backgrounds, with a basic knowledge of programming, but with a common interest in building interactive hardware in robotics and embedded system design.
We want to teach you just how your microwave, phone, tv remote or car functionality is controlled and in this way, spark an interest in design simple, day-to-day applications and solutions built for and by Kenyans.
Among this edition’s projects are:
- The Robot: The beginner team will be run through how to build, code and control a simple rover bot whose speed and direction can be controlled.
- The Weather Man: This is a real-time micro- weather station that gives ambient weather conditions through the use of humidity sensors, temperature sensors (thermistors) and a LCD display- all of which will be controlled using an ATMEGA 32 microcontroller. This challenge is suitable for intermediary users.
- The Robot Make- Over: The challenge here will be to build an arm for the robot that moves in the horizontal and vertical directions. On the arm will a gripper for clasping objects; the gripper will be used pick and drop objects. The ‘make-over’ will also involve building a Robot Status system that gives the direction in which it is moving as well as whether it has picked or dropped an object.
- Robot monitoring via mobile phone: Participants will be required to use a mobile phone tethered to a microcontroller to get updates on the status of each of the three above systems and thus integrates their functionality.
“At the bottom of it, robotics is about us. It is the discipline of emulating our lives, of wondering how we work.”
ROD GRUPEN, Discover Magazine