Enhancements to the National Instruments Robotics Starter Kit

Photo of James Students: James "Kelly" Allen, Jason Bowman, Lucas Brown

Sponsor: National Instruments

Date: Fall 2010

Requirements:
Specifications for the project were based on this chosen application. The solution should use the Vision library to determine the location of pool balls and align a cue for shots. The locomotion system must reliably guide the robot along the table and set up the position for the cue based on data from sensors. The cue should strike the ball such that the resulting velocity is 0.5 m/s - 15 m/s.

Problem:
The goal of this project is to modify the NI Robotics Starter Kit by adding sensors that use LabVIEW Vision library and its tools. The modifications should be showcased by implementation of a manipulator/actuator system to allow the robot to move around in and interact with its environment. The design team proposed using the Robotics Starter Kit to prototype a robot capable of playing pool.

Solution:
The team chose to use a pneumatic cylinder as a linear actuation to simulate a human using a pool cue. A rail system mounted to the side of the pool table allows the robot to move one-dimensionally around the pool table to identify balls and line up shots. An ethernet camera accepts visual input and interfaces with the LabVIEW Vision library.

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