The Teacher’s pet robotics competition has now come to an end. Before we go into details about the winner, just a small recap about this challenge that was sponsored by MathWorks and hosted by element 14 –
April 2015 – The competition started with over 150 applications from all over the world
May 2015 – Top 20 finalists were selected based on their proposals
Their proposals included design and implementation details of a robot that can assist in academic settings
June 2015 – The finalists received a hardware kit (Arduino or Raspberry Pi based) and MathWorks’ software
One of the main criteria was that the finalists had to write at least 7 blogs about their progress on element14’s website. Before the final deadline of September 24 2015, 6 finalists met the requirements and 12 of them actively blogged about their progress with the tags provided in this link.
Let us take a brief look at my favorite three projects in no particular order, before we see who the winner is –
Mohaned Essam from Malaysia proposed a Book Carrying Robot
Even though the final project was a little different from the initial proposal, the interesting aspects to me were –
- Mohaned consistently used the approach of testing algorithms on the Raspberry Pi board and then deploying it, which is preached so often in engineering schools all over the world.
- Has been consistent with the plan of combining concepts of Image processing and Controls right from the proposal.
Kit Fuderich from United States proposed an Arduino Teachers Pet
Kit is a middle school teacher in the United States and is teaching robotics using LEGO robots and wanted to try the Boe Bot platform. His final project brought in concepts of line following, obstacle avoidance and interacting with external systems in a fun way. I mean, who does not like the idea of robots filling the bowl with their favorite cereal?
Kit provided his blog updates periodically and has been consistent with his vision to build this Arduino robotic pet, which he calls TaraBot.
Benjamin Bonnal from Switzerland proposed an Automatic Exercise Sheet Sorting Machine
Even though Benjamin only got to the point of having an Automatic Exercise Sheet detecting robot, I think his project deserves a special mention. The interesting aspect in this project was that an old printer was converted into the final robot using only a Raspberry Pi camera board and image processing algorithms.
And the winner is ….
Kit Fuderich and his robotic pet TaraBot!
It has been a great competition and I hope you enjoyed reading about these projects as much as I did writing about them J!
Adios MakerZone enthusiasts!