Products for Mobile Robotics

Trinity College, 2000 - $15,500

This project added an E-Team option to an existing innovative program (funded by NSF) that allows students to participate in hands-on innovation teams throughout their academic career. The old program had students from technical and business disciplines working on industry-sponsored problems and involved students throughout their last three undergraduate years. The curriculum involved independent work in teams and a series of mini-courses on entrepreneurship, business, and management topics. The program provided open-ended learning experiences that empowered students and improved the relevance of their educational experience. The E-Team-focused option for the teams allowed them to pursue product and venture development based on their own ideas rather than serving the needs of industrial sponsors.

The NCIIA grant supported the development of two novel products for application in mobile robotics:

  • a motor controlled co-processor (Handy-CoP) that improves the performance of a microcomputer used by many robotics
  • The Image Box (IB), a low-cost, intelligent camera that incorporates a CMOS image sensor and digital signal processing chip.
Patent searches carried out by students indicated that both products are novel. The work was carried out by students in the robot engineering and digital signal processing laboratories at Trinity.