June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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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.
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