During my high school years, I was deeply intrigued by the strategic operations and logistics involved in military efforts. I noticed a significant gap in their equipment – there was no single vehicle that could operate efficiently across land, water, and underwater terrains simultaneously. Faced with this challenge, I saw an opportunity to leverage my knowledge in robotics and computer science to develop a practical solution, leading to the inception of the Multi-Terrain Military Transportation Robot.
My approach to this project was rooted in thorough research, design, assembly, and programming. I investigated military vehicles and submarines, analyzed their capabilities, and identified areas of improvement.
Key TECHNICAL Features:
- Amphibious Operation: The robot is designed to operate in multiple terrains, functioning on land, in water, and underwater.
- Robotic Arm: The robot is equipped with a 6-DOF robotic arm enabling gripping, tugging, loading, and unloading operations.
- Rescue Operations: The robot can conduct efficient search and rescue operations in water using grid-based methods.
- Direct Delivery: The robot can transport underwater products directly to on-land warehouses, reducing the need for intermediary steps and potential system losses.
KEY TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Microcontroller: Arduino UNO
Prototype Production Cost: ~200 USD
Commercial Production Cost: ~800 USD
Weight: 12 pounds approx.
Dimensions: 30 x 8 x 30 inches
The project presented several challenges. Ensuring the robot’s functionality across different terrains while maintaining a balance between its weight and speed was one of them. To overcome this, I refined the robot’s design iteratively and employed weight distribution strategies to achieve optimal balance and mobility. Another hurdle was designing a robotic arm with multiple degrees of freedom. This task required meticulous planning and execution. I leveraged my understanding of kinematics and mechanical design to construct the arm, focusing on flexibility and accuracy.