Looking to add some monstrous fun to school pep rallies and football games, Richard and three friends working toward engineering degrees at Colorado State University decided to create a robotic mascot. Controlled by two microcontrollers, "Cam the Ram" awaits input from a normally open button or an amplified condenser microphone. The triggering of either input sends Cam through one of four "routines" involving several counted actions that include blinking lights, an LCD screen, a fiber-optic pom-pom, and a speaker.
Robotic Mascot parts list
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Additional parts required: "Cam the Ram" stuffed doll; lamp with fiber-optic pom and blue LEDS; 5V dc motor; LCD frame; assorted resistors and capacitors; wires; oscillator; 2 PIC microcontrollers; batteries and holder; 8-pin DIP IC holder; LCD pins; 20-pin DIP IC holder
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.