Friday, September 12, 2014

Robo couch can take you to the fridge and back


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Robo couch can take you to the fridge and back
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Robo couch can take you to the fridge and back
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Sometimes, getting up off the couch to grab a drink is far too time consuming. What if you could drive the couch to the fridge instead?

Well, your dreams of an automated couch have come true. Nine engineering students at the University of New South Wales in Australia have designed a robotic couch that can be controlled using a standard USB gamepad.

Featuring a custom-built steel chassis with mecanum wheels instead of legs, the "robocouch" can reach speeds up to 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) per hour. All up, the ensemble weighs approximately 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and cost AU$3,000 ($2802, £1717) to put together. ($2,718.00)

The wheels are driven with 12V electric scooter motors which are all connected to a central controller to regulate speed. In the armrest, a Raspberry Pi also interfaces with the central controller.

While the couch has been in development for a year, the students hope that it will move beyond a cool party trick and wheel itself into an autonomous future.

"The couch fits quite nicely down corridors and in lifts, so if we can fit it out with different sensors to map indoor areas, then it could potentially navigate from one place to another, and not crash into things along the route," said Steph McArthur, one of the engineers behind the project.
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(Bubba is asking himself if he can get one with his EBT card. I don't think so Bubba. Maybe if you put in a pre order for one you can robo to your local pot dealer in a state where it is legal to get your stash.) Story Reports

Welfare recipients can use their ebt cards at marijuana dispensaries
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Couch gets robotic makeover
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How about a robo recliner or a robo bed? Now that would sell at the sleep number store.

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