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1. What task does the robot perform? What human function or task does this robot simulate?
2. Where is the robot used? What is its work envelope (how many degrees of freedom or flexible joints does it have)?
3. Is the robotic end effector multi-functional? If so, what other tasks can it perform?
4. How is the robot taught to perform its task?
5. What sensors does the robot have and how does the robot use these sensors?
6. Name some advantages and disadvantages of using a robot to complete this task.
7. Describe the impact that this robot has had or could have on its intended audience.
8. What type of jobs/careers can this robot create to provide employment for people?
9. Predict and explain how this robot may be altered to perform more or different tasks in the future.
10. Include sketches, pictures, and/or video of the robot performing its task in your presentation.
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Task: Self Driving
Human functions it stimulates:
Braking (Slowing down)
Used on the road whenever driving
Lots of degrees of freedom:
Tires (Helps it to move)
Steering (Steering Wheel)
Yes, it's multi-functional
Other tasks include: Parking, turning, and stopping
Controlled by computers (Computerized car)
Has a computer inside to control:
where you want it to go
4 Radars (to track nearby objects)
Windshield-mounted cameras (stays in your lane)
Wheel encoder (measures velocity while driving)
GPS (Tells where you're going)
Checking calls and texts
Helps disabled people (Ex: blind, handicapped)
It's safer (less road problems)
People may get lazier
Forgetting how to do drive
Relying on this too much
It would have a great impact:
Lowers risks of accidents, road rage & death
It can have:
Someone to talk to
Be able to fly itself
Have voice commands (Like Siri)