Hi, my name is Robert and I am a final year applied electronics engineering student, who has previous expierence in the construction industry. I have always been interested in all things electronics/computers, dabbling in simple circuits from a young age. I recently completed an industrial placement as a research engineer for the Convergent Technologies Research Group (CTRG) and I am currently prototyping a cell enumeration spectrometer for my final year project in collaboration with the Convergent Technology Research Group (CTRG) and the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBrc) here in WIT.
My Technical interests
My technical interests include circuit design/simulation, data/signal analysis, programming, Vision systems and I am an avid user of open hardware/software.
What I can bring to a team
Through my previous experiences in the construction industry, as a placement research engineer and through my participation in a robotics project in 2013/2014 here at WIT, I believe the skills I can bring to a team include,
· Planning and task management skills
· Project design experience
· Monitoring and implementation of project plan
· Testing methods and processes
· Identifying and resolving technical issues
· Data collation and analysis
· Presentation skills
· Working effectively to deliver project within time frame
After reviewing the lampbotics project blog from its beginnings in January 2015 and keeping in mind that the original inspiration for the lampbotics project is the Disney Pixar’s Luxo Sr., I have come up with the following suggestions for improvements.
· The lamp should be a standalone robot which can be easily shifted to a new position/surface, and can be picked up safely in a user’s hand.
· The lamp should maintain its original intended functionality which is a source of illumination for a room or reading purposes. This doesn’t need to be a standard bulb with mains supply, but instead a series of LED’s which can act as a means of illumination or as a means for the robot to make expressions and give it character.
· The camera used for frame input to the face/object tracking vision system should be located within the lamp shade either in the centre of the arranged LED’s or at an offset position. This would allow for more accurate tracking of objects and would result in a more convincing tracking action.
· The lamp should move in a more convincing manner, where motion could be improved through the use of PID and averaging algorithms.
Ideas for lampbotics project
· The lamp should be capable of interacting with objects, faces, books and perhaps be able to dance. Thus allowing the lamp to illuminate a book when one is detected and shine lights around the room.
· A motion detection function in the vision system could alert the lamp to people nearby to allow it to be stationary until approached.
· A pixel intensity function could determine the ambient lighting of the environment and illuminate the room when daylight fades.
· The illumination ability of the lamp would also aid the face/object tracking functions, by controlling the ambient lighting conditions, thus reducing function errors due to noise and changing lighting conditions.
· Audio input/output capabilities would allow the lamp to take verbal commands, listen/react to noise/music in a primitive fashion.
· A word recognition function would allow the lamp to read words from a book/page and output the text as audio.
· The lamp should display personality, emotion and character not only through movement but through control of LED lights intensity, toggle and cycle.