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|Target Environment||Locomotion Method|
|Outdoors, all terrain||Static|
|Sensors / Input Devices||Actuators / Output Devices|
|CCD Camera with IR filter
Position encoders on motors
Potentiometer rotation sensor
IR emitters for targeting
LEDs for KoolFruit sensors
|Control Method||Power Source|
|Autonomous||External - 240 volts|
|CPU Type||Operating System|
|Time to build||Cost to build|
|URL for more information|
|Semi Automatic, Auto Targeting, KoolFruit Sorting, Pneumatic Turret.
This was a 3rd year Mechatronics project. We chose to design and construct a ballistic KoolFruit turret which locks onto a target, track it, then shoots it with a specific colour 'KoolFruit' from its sorting mechanism. The turret could be fully automatic (target and shoot), semiautomatic (manual fire), and fully manual (for safety).
The device will be filled with coloured 'KoolFruits' and then will sort through them placing each colour in a separate compartment ready for selection and firing. The gun will choose the colour depending on the target it has locked onto. The barrel must have a generous angle for pan (left/right) of about 180deg and tilt (up/down) of about 45deg. The target (a remote control car) will be emitting infra-red light for the targeting system to pick up, this will require an infra-red filter over the lens of the camera.
The creative and inspirational force behind the development of this very complex and over engineered device are: Michael Henderson, Hamish Lucas, Kara Hind, Kane Partridge, and Nick Wanke.