This time we come together to get the concepts going. Some of the idea sketching will be shown below. Eventually we took the best idea and made it into a concept.
The concept is: we have a robot that plays a song trough his mouth, while the numbers on his belly turn. These numbers represent the numbers on the platform and the arms which the children need to go and stand on or hit. That way they get the dance teached by the robot.
In the evening I make a proper sketch of the concept.
Today we have another look at our concept. Search for flaws and opportunities. We come up with some important problems we have to solve, but also we find some great opportunities that we have to look into. Most of them are described on the Sketching below.
Tomorrow we meet up with the Tech school to see what they think about the concepts and how they see themselves capable of building it.
After that we will sit together to work out every single detail of the machine.
Our meeting with West Coast College will be there soon today. It was a very useful meeting, we presented both concepts of the machines to the mechanical- and electrical teacher. It was the perfect time to get everybody more involved in the project and get feedback from every partner.
The WCCF and WCC loved both concepts and after a brief discussion about some details we got a “go” for both. They saw no problems in the concepts of one of the machines. That was one of the things why we wanted this meeting to be this early in the project, we rather changed the concept in the beginning to their capabilities than have to rethink the whole thing in the last week. Of course there can still go some things wrong when we start to work out the fully detailed mechanics but we talked briefly about that as well and there shouldn’t be any problem.
Today there’s not much going on, the CPUT students have some important deadlines on other projects so they asked if they could get this day. This means I’m going up to Devils Peak and when I get back I do some further thinking about the more detailed mechanics.
We meet up to discuss all the important parts of our dance robot one at a time. This way we create a good solution to every “problem” that offers him. So in the end we got a good idea about how the robot will look like on the inside and outside! For next Monday I’ll draw the whole machine over again but now with every detailed part on there so we can start to put in 3DCad.
Now I’m going to subscribe some parts more detailed. So is there still a big question about the machine, for that one I got to get in touch with a teacher in Belgium.
The dream of this kid is that they would have a dancing robot that could teach them how to dance. That’s the dream that the team I’m in got to realize. Our team exists out of 3 persons: Marli, Lune and Me. In between both teams we got Corbin floating around to oversee the both machines.
Our machine will look like a robot, similar to the on the kid draw on his drawing. Except our robot will have four arms with numbers on them, a base floor with numbers on there and there will be numbers running over his belly. The numbers at a specific point are the numbers that represent the numbers on the arms and the floor. This way the kid knows how to move which direction and how to put, up or down, his arms. Of course you can’t dance without music. That’s why we will add a speaker to the robot.
The part we are still looking in to is, if we could use some sensors to detect the moves of the children and make it more into a competition amongst each other. That brings a lot of difficulties with it, for those I’m going to get in touch with the Belgium teacher. Probably one of the most difficult parts will be to arrange the speed of the engine to the music. We were thinking about using arduino for this part.
Below you will find some pictures about already some more detailed sketches.