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Hi everyone,   I have received the 2nd place prizes for this challenge!! As mentioned, I had the $500 US donated to the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. This hospital is the best children's hospital in western Canada helping kids from all over Canada and more.   Here are the other prizes:       I want to thank again our sponsor Arduino, Element14 and the community!!   Dale Winhold ...
Hi everyone,   Below is a video of my working project. Sorry for it not being in a crowded area but I couldn't go to far for the past few days. Unfortunately Chrystal (my daughter) and I, on our way to work were in a serious car accident the other day. I had some minor injuries but Chrystal didn't get so lucky. She won't be returning to work for a bit as she has to spend time healing. Is it possible to create something to stop people from going through red lights?   Our car..   ...
Blog #10A Project Summary   With this challenge coming to an end I wanted to do a summary of my project. Below I have created a side by side comparison of guide dogs vs the Seeing EyeDuino. I also have included the cost of creating the project. At the end I wrote down my final thoughts.   Arduino MKR1000                $64.00 Ultrasonic sensors            ...
I have finished the Seeing EyeDuino, it is all together and wired. I haven't loaded the code yet but it is all ready to upload to the Arduino MKR1000. The big change that I have made to the EyeDuino is removing the drive motors and replacing them with breaks. This way the operator can go as fast or slow as they require as well as direction. The breaks apply when there is an object in the way. For an example, if there is an object on the left the right break will apply, making the EyeDuino go to ...
For Blog #8 I am posting the code I created for the Seeing EyeDuino. This has been the longest, most involved part of my project.   First, here is a layout of how the Arduino pins are assigned:   Arduino pin configuration   0 - 13 digital 14 - 19 analog (A0 - A5) 0 1      Braille Pin1  * 2      Braille Pin2  * 3      Braille Pin3  * 4      Servo break left - ...
Hello everyone,   First, I would like to thank everyone who has been following, reading and leaving feedback. This competition is so important for everyone involved, I hope it will help many people.   This blog is to do with assembling the SeeingEyeduino. In the past week I have made up most of the remaining parts for my project. The Braille finger pad was the most important part of this project. Below are pictures of where I am at, I will explain each photo and give details. If ther ...
Welcome back for my 6th blog in the "Design for a Cause - Design Challenge". So far I have Seeing EyeDuino - Blog #1 Concept explained the concept to my design, Seeing Eyeduino - Blog #2 "Robot Chassis and more" made the chassis, very proudly created the Braille finger pad SeeingEyeduino - Working Braille Finger Pad : Blog #3 , hooked up the motors to drive the robot Seeing Eyeduino - Blog #4 Motors and more and finally got a very good start on the code to run the whole project Seeing EyeDuino - ...
For my 5th blog posting I will show the code I am using to run the robot and spelling in Braille. This part has been a bit of work but is coming along great. I have run into issues with the motors I have for driving the robot but that will be discussed in my next blog.   Below is the code (so far) for driving the robot. The Braille code hasn't been added in as of yet but the alphabet has been coded.   #include <Servo.h> Servo myservo;  //Drive Motors const int MotorR1 = ...
For my 4th blog I will be showing how I attached the motors to drive the robot as well as the wiring I started for the Arduino.   For the motors, I picked up a couple of kits with gears so I can get the speed down and torque up. The gear ratio is 505 to 1.     The motors will be driven by 2 - 3.7v batteries and the Arduino will be powered by a 5v battery pack. The motor controller is set up as per the picture below (Picture is from the Electronics Hub). Followed by photos of ...
Hi everyone,   For my 3rd blog I will be showing my working braille finger pad. There will be more to the final setup but this shows how well it works. I ended out getting 6 miniature actuators to create the braille pins. It goes back to my original idea of using electromagnets. In this demo I used an Arduino Uno which will be changed out for the one supplied in the kit. As a note; I won't do an unboxing of the kit as other competitors will be doing this and I didn't want to repeat the blo ...
Seeing Eyeduino – Blog#2 “The chassis and more”   So according to the courier the kit should be arriving tomorrow, looking forward to that!!   This week’s update is the robot chassis.  Right now it is about 90% complete. I used 13mm (½”) plywood, brackets and springs for construction. I am pretty lucky to work in the cabinet industry and have access to the material and an awesome CNC machine. My boss, Randy, is great and is letting me have th ...
While we wait for the kit to arrive, there is no time to waste. There is so much to do and very little time. Here is my project and what I plan to complete.     Introducing the "Seeing EyeDuino"   The Seeing EyeDuino will be a robotic Seeing Eye dog. A robot that will guide the seeing impaired around obstacles and danger. The user will be able to control the speed through the hand harness attached to the robot. When there is danger the robot will emit a specific sound correlated ...