The Room Cleaner
This project is
called “The Room Cleaner.” The idea for the project was developed
last summer when I was told to clean my room.
What it does is puts
the trash into the designated trash deposit area. Before all of
that happens, the user is asked to enter the grid coordinates of where
the trash they want to remove is in. After that, the room cleaner
moves to the trash location. It then picks up the trash and moves
it over to the trash deposit area. Last, it puts the trash down
and moves back to the starting point and waits for the user to enter
anther trash spot.
The room cleaner project works
by using three otor belt and pulley assemblies to move the trash
through the x, y, and z-axes. The end effector is able to pick up
the trash by using a fork-like hook that relies on gravity to hook the
trash. Stepper motors were used instead of conventional two-wire
DC motors because of one major differnce: Conventional DC motors
are not very accurate because they will not stop instantly, while
stepper motors will only turn a certain amount and then stop on a dime.