The project involves the design of a complete system of a Robotic Device which includes an embedded micro-controller, electromechanical components (motors) and transducers (sensors). And this robot is primarily decided to be an obstacle avoider, but it can be also developed to work as a line follower by simply replacing the sensors. I was always passionate about 3D printing but due to lack of resources and financial abilities I was unable to purchase a 3D printer. During this project, I’m planning to build most parts of the robot using 3D printing systems such as robot chassis, motor holders, power supply holder and robot wheels (side wheels) etc. Further, I’m expecting to use an ARM Embed during this project which I’ve always wanted to use because of its inherent features and vast learning outcomes but I didn’t get a chance to use the microcontroller due to its expense.
In addition, the building of this Micromouse robotic device needs further electronic equipment such as sensors, motors, motor drivers, servo motors etc. 3D Printer- £400ARM MBED LPC 1786 – £60Motors and Motor drivers- £ 90Mastering Microcontroller with Embedded Driver Development £49.99Embedded Systems Programming on ARM Cortex-M3/M4 Processor £24.
99ARM Cortex-M Practical Modular Programming in C and Assembly £89.99IR proximity sensors, Receivers and LEDs -£ 20Perfboard for use with Prototyping Electronic Circuits- £30Power Source- £20Wires – £29Power Converter Module – £18 Standoff spacers and bolts for PCB – £ 25Trial wheels (front&back wheels) – £ 28Further extra equipment and components (such as soldering components) – £ 40 According to my calculations, £924.97 of funding will be able to cover this project.This robotics project will allow me to vast my electronics hardware knowledge as well as the software knowledge. 3D printing practice with techniques required to design, test, build and commission a robotic device, will develop skills in system requirements analysis, system integration, testing, coding and electronic systems prototyping. A rapid prototyping platform and an object-based software approach will be used and developed during the implementation of the robotic device.
I believe that this project draws upon technical skills in digital electronics, analogue electronics, programming, applications of mathematical analysis and hardware-working skills being learned elsewhere in the course. Furthermore, this helps to demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the use of a suitable Integrated Development Environment (IDE), embedded system development platform, Software Design Kit (SDK) and associated libraries to write simple programs to read sensor inputs and control external actuator devices. Overall I believe that this project will benefit my personal development and employability in the Electronic sector.My weekly income from the part-time work is £130.52 which add up to £522.08 monthly income.
And this income can be divided into two parts which are fixed and unfixed costs. Fixed expenses are my accommodation fee – £325, monthly travel card from zone 5 to 1- £151 and monthly food-£40. Therefore, only an amount of £6.08 will be left as unfixed for use of my health and educational needs. Because of this, I still have a variety of necessary equipment and components I couldn’t purchase for my Electronic Engineering course even though I’m already in the second year.
Due to 20 hours of working limit as an international student, I won’t be able to work overtime regularly and earn extras. The income from the overtime I’ve taken during the university holidays is saved up for the next year tuition fee (£6,125) because I won’t be able to get an income of £6,125 by working in a small time duration. According to these financial circumstances I am unable to purchase the components and equipment I have needed for this robotics project.