MRISAR's Gesture Controlled & Color Sensor Robot Arm Challenge Exhibit
Human vs. Robot!
This exhibit relates to STEM education and has two robotic arms. One is operated by a robotic brain and the other is operated by a human user. The challenge is to see who is faster. The task is to sort colored balls into their areas during a timed interval. The exhibit keeps track of the time via a display counter. When the time is up who will have sorted more balls, the human or the robot? When your time is up, count the number of balls that were successfully sorted to know your score and the score of the robot.
What the Robot does;
Press the start button and the balls in the main activity area are agitated. As they work their way to the activity side ball retrieval collection point, the robot arm moves its hand over a ball and the color sensor located in the hand looks at it to determine the color. It then grasps the ball and moves it to the correct collection area for that specific color. As the remaining balls are agitated and move forward, the balls are sorted by the robot arm until the timer stops. Then the robot arm resets to full up and back position and the entire sorted section of the activity automatically tips up and rolls the balls back to the unsorted activity area while agitating them into random placement for the next turn.
What the User does;
When the start button is pressed it activates the sensor in the control panel for a timed interval. The balls in the main activity area are agitated. As they work their way to the activity side ball retrieval collection point you hold only one of your hands above the sensor in the center of the control panel. As you move your hand up and down, forwards and backwards, left to right, and also open and close your hand the robot arm will mimic these motions. While moving keep the palm of your hand facing down towards the sensor as this is the very best position for the sensor to read the finger positions accurately. Find out how many of the colored balls you can sort in the time limit provided and how accurate your movements are.
The exhibit teaches elements of robotics, STEM based education, electrical and electromechanical engineering, photonics, optics, elements of the electromagnetic spectrum and to an extent an element of Chaos Theory. The exhibit can be made with your choice of laminate chosen from a standard selection which has many color options or with customized details for an extra charge.
This exhibit features two 39" long, nine range of motion, 5 finger electromechanical robot arms that are base mounted on the exhibit activity surface. The exhibit activity is totally encased by clear poly-carbonate that allows many people to view the exhibit while it is being operated.
The electromechanical arms are designed in a totally open format, all the parts and the key components that operate them are visible for maximum educational merit. This relates to STEM education. The exhibit provides a unique format to study the engineering principles of a robot arm.
The arms have pressure sensitive and end of travel limits, and can adapt to objects stacked in their path. Remote handling robots are used by industry, aerospace and commercial establishments to extend human capabilities in hazardous situations. Approximate size of exhibit is; 70" wide x 76" long (with the control panel 99” total exhibit length) x 72" high.