First, the ARPA was designed on a computer using SolidWorks, a 3D drafting software. After building the robot that was designed on the computer, it was programmed using Interactive C® by KIPR. The robot uses a camera that enables it to tell the difference between colors. A major obstacle of my experimentation was programming in Interactive C®. The arm to retrieve objects was designed similar to an arcade type gripper.
In this project, data was collected to study the efficiency of the ARPA. The weight of objects and where they were located was studied. Conclusions drawn from the data show it is possible to build and program a robot to aid people in picking up objects off the floor proving the hypothesis was correct. This
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