June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Virtual Joystick Control of Finch RobotJunior-level students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program complete a3-credit Measurements & Instrumentation course. There are three main sections of the course:LabVIEW programming with data acquisition, sensors and signal conditioning, and design ofmeasurement systems. Weekly laboratory activities mirror the lecture materials. Part of therequirements in the course includes an end-of-semester team design project where one option is todesign and implement a software application for the Finch Robot. Students are provided LabVIEWSubVIs for all of the robot’s low-level functions (audio buzzer, tri-color LED, left/right motorcontrol, light sensors, obstacle detectors, temperature sensor, and tri-axis acceleration values) aswell as the corresponding DLL files to run the SubVIs. The objectives for the project are to utilizetheir LabVIEW programming knowledge to design a virtual joystick for controlling the speed anddirection of the robot. Additionally, the students need to display the pitch, roll, and yaw of the robot,and to audibly alert the user of the presence of an obstacle in front of the robot. This paper providesa detailed listing of the engineering requirements for the project and the functional test procedure forverifying proper operation. A student assessment form with results will be shown. The assessmentform included questions about the approximate time to complete the project, level of difficulty,areas of difficulty, appropriateness of project, and suggestions for improvement. An example ofstudent work is provided, and recommendations are included to help ensure student success on theproject.
Loker, D. R., & Strom, S. A. (2014, June), Virtual Joystick Control of Finch Robot Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23293
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