GS1 Telepresence Robot

Team: Ashwath, Chen, Junjie and Yi
Duration: 3 weeks.
My role: Writing arduino code, circuit building, code for online control(javascript, php, processing), Construction of robot chasis and installation of circuit in robot. I also had inputs in the design of the robot chassis.
Softwares: Arduino, Illustrator, processing, html, javascripy, php.


The Challenge

College tours are a big part of the admission process. Every quarter hundreds of prospective students visit SCAD campuses for guided tours of the various buildings.


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This is a problem for International candidates who also want a tour of the campus as sometimes what we see online is not enough.


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The Solution

We came up with a new service involving GS1 the telepresence robot. With just a weblink and facetime, anyone from anywhere will be able to take part in the campus tours at SCAD.


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Test phase

The code, circuit and structure of the robot went through many iterations as we improved it progressively based on feedback we got.

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At this stage a lot of our focus was on a basic code to make the robot move a little with a very basic body frame structure. Witness all the fun and hard work in the video below.


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Construction

The construction phase saw parallel development of the chassis, wheel mount, circuits for motion & lights and code to make the robot run wireless and through remote control.


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By the end of this stage we were done building the chassis and enabled remote control over the internet for a user in any part of the world.



This is the interface the end user will interact with where half the screen is facetime and half the screen is a weblink with the controls.


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Final Presentation

After three weeks, we presented GS1 to the class. He walked around class so everyone could say hi and then we ran a mock tour with a prospective student from China.



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