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FUTURE Foundation Product Design

The FUTURE Foundation exists to advance robotics and technology through education. One of the most promising areas in robotics engineering for the next generation will be in using robotics and related machines to help people with disabilities. The FUTURE Challenge for 2010 is to design and build an assistive technology machine using VEX components that will help a person with a disability. Start by researching disabilities and assistive technology and then develop a robotic machine that can help someone dealing with a disability. Your machine may either provide assistance itself or it can be a working scale VEX prototype of a larger machine. An elegant engineering solution demonstrated using VEX is the goal of this challenge.



The Wheelchair Bot


It may seem simple, and mabye even redundant, but this robot could be very useful if you take the time to learn about it. It would be used by people who are already in wheelchairs by motorizing the chairs so they wouldn't have to buy an expensive power chair. I hope you enjoy the entry and good luck to the other contestants!
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Food Bot


Team 1138 presents a device to help pet owners afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis. It is a robotic pet feeder that is built into a bin that stores the food. At the programmed times, the robot retrieves the food bowl from a magnetic pad, fills it with food and delivers it to the pet. This saves people from having to bend over to retrieve the bowl and lifting heavy pet food bags. Essay by Kimberly Escobar and Morgan Montalvo. Robot design and construction by Austin Puetz, Charles Wile, Thomas Manfredonia and Team 1138 in general. Programming by Nathan Smeltzer. Food bin construction help...
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O.D.D Chair


This is the robot we designed for the FUTURE Challenge. Enjoy.
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vexson helper


a robot designed using the vex robot design system that can help the elderly and people with dissabilities in their daily lives by bringing them medicine or say a flash light when there is a power outage
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Visionary Cane


This is Highlands Intermediate Robotics Team's(394) Product Design entry. This is the Visionary Cane. It is meant to assist the blind by alerting the user when there is an obstacle within seven feet. This is useful because they won't have to wait till they touch the object with the cane like they would with a regular cane. The Visionary Cane uses an ultrasonic sensor to measure the distance from the cane and the obstacle. It alerts the user by using a vibrating motor or a beeper. The closer the Cane gets to the obstacle, the faster it vibrates or beeps. There is a touch sensor on the...
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Patterning Helper


This is the robot that we built to help children with Cerebral Palsy. The robot helps pattern children and will help improve their brain function.
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The Wheelchair Assister


A portion of the general public is disabled, whether through dysfunctional body parts or mental illnesses. Among this part of the population, many are confined to wheelchairs. If these people drop an item of theirs, they often need assistance to pick it up. Most of the time they don't get this human help, and are forced to get it themselves. This would not be a problem except for the fact that they can't pick it up on their own. They would have to have extremely long arms to do so, or they would have to fall off of the wheelchair, which does no good. To circumvent this problem, I built...
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