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Automated Remote-Controlled Drink Dispensing System for the Physically Impaired: A Capstone Project

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

ETD Design I: Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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Page Numbers

22.270.1 - 22.270.13



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Antonio Soares Florida A&M Univeristy

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Antonio Soares was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 1998. He continued his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in December of 2000 with focus on semiconductor devices, semiconductor physics, Optoelectronics and Integrated Circuit Design. Antonio then worked for Medtronic as a full-time Integrated Circuit Designer until November 2003. Antonio started his pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in January 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Reginald Perry. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Soares was immediately hired as an assistant professor (Tenure Track) in the Electronic Engineering Technology department at FAMU. Dr. Soares has made many contributions to the department, from curriculum improvements, to ABET accreditation, and more recently by securing a grant with the department of education for more than half a million dollars.

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Chao Li Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Chao Li is currently working at Florida A&M University as an Assistant Professor in Electronic Engineering Technology. He is teaching Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Courses. He obtained his B.S.E.E. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and M.S.E.E. degree from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph.D. in EE from Florida International University. He is an IEEE Member and a Member in ASEE. His research interests include signal processing, biometrics, embedded microcontroller design, application of new instructional technology in classroom instruction.

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Automated Remote-Controlled Drink Dispensing System for the Physically Impaired: A Capstone Project Living in today’s world is already challenging enough as it is. It is even more challengingwhen one possesses physical disabilities. With complications in the human anatomy, newimpairments are emerging constantly. At the same time, researchers around the world areworking diligently to improve the lives of those affected by these illnesses. Despite all theefforts, many impaired people are confined to restricted places and even positions, for longperiods of time. Some are able only to move certain parts of the body while others arecompletely paralytic. Researchers and companies have aided these individuals by developingnumerous devices and equipments. Electric power scooters, elevator lifts, handicap toilets, arejust a few of the countless aids available to the physically impaired. Most of these advanceshowever are either related to motion or the acquisition of some body functions. What aboutassistance in basic need areas, such as dressing, eating, drinking etc? Robots and automatedsystems is an area that seems to be promising to accomplish these tasks. In this work, we design and implement a fully automated remote controlled drinkdispenser called the COOLERBOOT with retrieval and delivery capabilities of drinks to adisabled individual. This system is designed to assist those with limited mobility to quench theirthirst, by only pushing a button on a Universal TV remote. , the same control you use to controlyour electronics. A robot is then activated and will proceed to the drink holder area. When there,a sensor is activates to signal to the drink holder that a drink is needed and a door is opened. Theuser can now press 1, 2, or 3 to select the drink of his/her choice. The drink is then dispensed tothe strategically parked robot which will then atomically return to the original location where theuser can retrieve the drink. This approach can be use for snacks and many other needs animpaired individual may have.

Soares, A., & Li, C. (2011, June), Automated Remote-Controlled Drink Dispensing System for the Physically Impaired: A Capstone Project Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17551

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