Robots may soon become a part of our everyday lives. They have their own world wide web, are capable of cleaning our bathrooms, are becoming ever better at solving puzzles, and realistic robot babies with the possibility of having a solar-powered skin that can touch and feel exist already. If that wasn’t evidence of enough that robots are becoming omnipresent, Mechanical Engineering students at Delft university of Technology have developed a robot that can deliver drinks swiftly and without spilling a single drop.
RoboButler designed, manufactured and programmed for a design competition held amongst first year Mechanical Engineering students at Delft university of Technology.
According to the creators:
“The goal was to create a robot that could perform a delivery as quickly as possible, while also keeping as much as possible of the delivery on board.”
“Our design didn’t win an award for fast delivery or keeping most water on board, but we did win the Delft Science Centre award because our design has the most potential for actual usage. Out of 50 teams competing, we built the only robot that could steer and navigate its route autonomously.”
Each of the 50 teams had 8 members taking part in the competition. The limits of the competition centered on the robot’s dimensions and that the forward motion of the device could only be accomplished with a competition-supplied cordless power drill.
RoboButler was created in 5 months and used a Lego Mindstorms NXT system.
If RoboButler were made commercially available would you purchase one for your home to serve you, your family and/or your house guests drinks?