Team Member(s): Clinton Earnest, Jessica Oshana Semester: Summer 2013
The U-Can is an autonomous robotic waste collection bin designed for dining areas such as assisted living facilities, hospitals, and restaurants. The U-Can runs along a detected path, through the dining area. When a patron needs to throw away their trash, they call the robot by use of a push button system, located at the table. Using the XBee and Arduino Uno microcontroller, the call signal is transmitted wirelessly to the U-Can. The U-Can goes to the calling table via the shortest possible route, thanks to its ability to move forward and backwards as well as its ability to always know its current location on the track relative to its home base. The robot is equipped with a battery charge sensor, a weight sensor, and object detection sensors. These sensors are used in conjunction with the Arduino Mega microcontroller, to provide a robot that interacts with its environment and users.