Rutgers IEEE Goes to the NY Maker Faire – Hack-A-Day

We were featured on Hack-A-Day at our most recent trip to the maker faire in NY Below is the post:

A few guys from Rutgers showed up at Maker Faire with Navi, their vehicle for the 2012 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. Powered by two huge lead acid batteries, Navi features enough high-end hardware to hopefully make it through or around just about any terrain.

Loaded up with a laser range finder, a stereo camera setup, compass, GPS receiver, and a pair of motors capable of pulling 40A, Navi has the all the hardware sensors required to make it around a track with no human intervention. Everything is controlled by a small netbook underneath the control panel, itself loaded up with enough switches and an 8×32 LED matrix to be utterly incomprehensible.

In the videos after the break, the guys from Rutgers show off the systems that went into Navi. There’s also a video showing off Navi’s suspension, an impressive custom-built wishbone setup that will hopefully keep Navi on an even keel throughout the competition.

Also of note: A PDF design report for Navi and Navi’s own blog.

IGVC: The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

I am helping with the designing, manufacturing, and programming of a robot to survive the great outdoors.  It will navigate obstacle courses, travel to landmarks, and wow judges with the awesome engineering know how used to  design it.  Our mechanical design has already materialized as a flexible system based around 8020 extrusion and water-jet machined aluminum.  Our software system will feature a cluster of laptops running the latest in research robotics software, ROS, and use computer vision to perceive the world.  This is to be our most challenging project yet, but we are making great progress.  We are set to have a driving chassis and testing platform before Thanksgiving.

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring the project can contact me at: elie-at-trickedcomputers.net

For more information on the project click here