Safer self driving solution for autonomous tricycle

We constantly hear the news that self driving cars are trying to concur the roads. But something always goes wrong in various situations. This is no surprise, because self awareness require cutting edge technologies, high processing power and good AI. This is no doubt we will see a breakthrough in this area, but while we wait, why not going simpler with somewhat more accessible technology – bicycle. In fact tricycle because two wheels and AI would be too challenging. The crew from University of Washington with Professor Tyler Folsom in front has been developing a self driving tricycle. They’ve chosen an Arduino for prototyping the brain. This is because it is accessible everywhere and demonstrates that things doesn’t have to be complicated and powerful to achieve goals. The autonomous tricycle is capable of doing basic motions autonomously and also accept commands from remote control. The other information is still scarce. There is of course a way to go, but the concept is right. While car industry is working on self driving cars, why not focus on very light transportation which… Continue reading

The Creative Solar Powered Hidden Observing Vehicles (SOPHOCLES)

Those of you who involving in the design fields knows that it’s highly important to keep your creativity up all the time! Without the creativity, you’re more like to be kicked off from the job… In the electronics world, you also need to come out with brilliant idea, and invent some incredible devices that can benefit other people! In this case, the Solar Powered Hidden Observing Vehicles, or also known as “SOPHOCLES” is a very good example of the combination of creativity and usability! For your information, SOPHOCLES is a sophisticated yet small robot system, which is mainly designed for watching purpose. It has a detector that can be used to look for poisonous gases or sticky air. The motors bring the robot to hidden places, where the built-in camera shows pictures of these dangerous areas. As a result, the radio displays the information about the detected materials. In addition, you might want to use the SOPHOCLES to control the robot, and how the solar cells spend power for missions, which is requiring low-power intermittent operation. Basically, the robot has… Continue reading