WE CREATE FUTURISTIC HARDWARE
We are crazy about hardware and we see many possibilities in it. We work with many materials and use our different skills to create the most relevant and valuable technology.
Is it possible to create a drone that only runs on green energy while also challenging the current flight time amongst drones? The green cargo drone will research and test these questions in the old zepperliner style. The design thoughts used regarding this drone is keeping a very light design and choose the lightest components and work with the basic physical principles of gravity which gives us a longer flight time. The frame is specially designed to contain helium or hot air to reduce weight. The entire surface of the drone will be covered in solar panels to provide power for the motors and giving the drone a direction. The size of the drone will depend on the cases and the needs of transportation.
The hexacopter combines both propellers and ducted fans to create a new kind a thrust. The ducted fans will primarily be in charge of a powerful take-off while the propellers will take over once the drone has reached the desired altitude. This combination gives the drone the best from each technology regarding thrust. The entire drone frame is 3D-printed with a solid and lightweight design. The frame arms are modular and can easily be changed to only use propellers or ducted fans or the combination which we are currently working with. The hexacopter has a robotic arm attached underneath which is powered by solar panels on the top to use as much green energy as possible. The hexacopter can both be controlled autonomously and with a transmitter.
The robotic arm is currently attached to our hexacopter but can also stand alone. The robotic arm is only powered to two solar panels that storages the energy in a battery that creates complete sustainable technology. The arm has four joints with each a motor deciding the degrees of movement. The end joint or “hand” is flexible and has many different varieties. These end grippers can easily be taken off and switched around, resulting in various applications where several challenges can be solved with one technology.
The end grippers currently include two different types of claws, a round and a square, while we have more than 15 ideas for end grippers in line including suction cups, brushes and cutting tools.
How do we sort and dispense pills automatically? We are working on a robot that by the push of a button, or by a timed command, dispenses the desired pill from one of its internal pill containers. Pills have many different shapes and sizes making the challenge very mechanical focused on the selection of the pill. We have 5 different mechanical ways of solving it and right now we are trying out the first. The mechanics regarding the first include discs controlled by motors that rotate in the right degrees to get the desired pill. The current prototype can contain six different types of pills in one layer and still identify and dispense the right pill. More pill container layers can be added to the robot to increase the number or amount of pills it carries.
How can we combine the best of each technology? We have created our first prototype of a modular drobot, that drives like a robot and flies like a drone. The drobot has flexible modules that can be added or removed as preferred. The hardware regarding the drobot includes a carbon fiber frame where a box is attached to contain both a flight board and an Arduino Mega for the driving module to facilitate autonomous driving. Sensors as sonar and gyroscopes are included to giving the feature of obstacle avoidance and positioning. The next steps will be to expand to further modules as swimming and to design a new transportation box with more storage room.
Our medicinal robot is developed in cooperation with the local elderly center, Frydenholm, where there is a need for a mobile, flexible and digital medicinal solution. Using our dispensing mechanism combined with our dispense.it software, we have a present case focused on dispensing medicine. The staff uses approximately 25% of their time to count, distribute, check, give and document the medicine procedure instead of spending valuable time with the residents. We are working on eliminating the most time consuming parts of the procedure with a mobile medicine locker, that has the ability to scan and portion a residents medicine automatically. We are developing the solution in close relation with the staff and users to ensure the robot delivers the desired experience.