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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase
- Our team planned on completing all of the assigned deliverables within the problem definition. Additionally, we planned a meeting with the client to determine the scope of work and establish what the customer is handling in terms of the project.
- Met with customer to determine project scope, deliverables, customer requirements, and design requirements.
Project SummaryRoofing material removal is presently performed in a labor intensive manner using standard hand tools (roofing shovels, claw hammers, etc.). While there are some improved tools available, these tools require that human beings operate them while on the roof. This presents significant safety and liability concerns and costs.
Advancements in technology, particularly computer vision and the availability of low cost electronics capable of supporting computer vision, have made it possible to automate the shingle removal process. The goal of this project is to demonstrate an effective autonomous shingle removal robot prototype. Ideally, the completed project would include an effective removal mechanism, an integrated vehicle (rover) to transport and apply the mechanism, the electronics and controls to power the vehicle and mechanism, a vision system used to both identify shingles and to navigate the vehicle, and an appropriate user interface.
While such a system will not completely eliminate the need for laborers on the roof, it can act as a force multiplier, effectively reducing the number of workers exposed to the risks. Detailed interviews with potential lead users also suggest that, by reducing the level of physical labor required, roofing contractors will be able to hire a more sophisticated, career oriented laborer rather than requiring young, physically fit laborers whose roofing employment is generally short term.
|Rochester Institute of Technology||MSD Sponsor|
|Shinglebot Team||Student MSD Team|
|Dan Kaputa||Faculty Champion|
|John Schaf||Principal Electrical Engineer|
|Larry Hall||Principal Mechanical Engineer|
Project Goals and Key DeliverablesCurrent State:
- Currently there are rover prototype designs and a roof test facility is being built.
- The robot should remove shingles from the roof with minimal user interaction or at the very least allow the user to remotely control the robot from a safe place on the ground.
- The robot prototype should be fully operational and safe to use.
- Provide a working prototype robot that is remotely controlled by a user from the ground.
- Robot will have a handle and be portable enough for a roofer to carry it up a ladder.
- Demonstrate the working prototype at Imagine RIT on May 6th, 2017.
- Provide complete documentation of design, build, and test process.