Presentation Type

Poster

Title of Abstract

Control of an Omni-directional Platform for Stage Performances

Abstract

The goal of this project is to design a control system for an omni-directional platform with a rotating a top. This project will be used onstage during theatrical and dance performances. The project is the result of collaboration between the University of South Florida’s College of The Arts (Merry Lynn Morris, MFA) and the Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies (Mechanical Engineering). This platform adds an additional choreographic element to Ms. Morris’ unique style of dancing, which involves the use of a variety of mobility devices and performers including dancers with disabilities. The control of the platform introduces technical challenges that must be considered during the platform’s development. The platform is designed with an independently rotating top while the base moves forward and backward, sideways, diagonally, and rotates using Omni-directional wheels. A pair of Arduino boards with XBee shields are used as microcontrollers to control the movement of the platform as well as enable the platform to move wirelessly. This poster entails an overview of the components and programming including an input shield containing a dual axis analog joystick and several additional digital input buttons which will be able to control the system’s omni-directional movements and top rotation.

Categories

Interdisciplinary

Research Type

Research Assistant

Mentor Information

Dr. Kathryn DeLaurentis

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Control of an Omni-directional Platform for Stage Performances

The goal of this project is to design a control system for an omni-directional platform with a rotating a top. This project will be used onstage during theatrical and dance performances. The project is the result of collaboration between the University of South Florida’s College of The Arts (Merry Lynn Morris, MFA) and the Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation and Robotics Technologies (Mechanical Engineering). This platform adds an additional choreographic element to Ms. Morris’ unique style of dancing, which involves the use of a variety of mobility devices and performers including dancers with disabilities. The control of the platform introduces technical challenges that must be considered during the platform’s development. The platform is designed with an independently rotating top while the base moves forward and backward, sideways, diagonally, and rotates using Omni-directional wheels. A pair of Arduino boards with XBee shields are used as microcontrollers to control the movement of the platform as well as enable the platform to move wirelessly. This poster entails an overview of the components and programming including an input shield containing a dual axis analog joystick and several additional digital input buttons which will be able to control the system’s omni-directional movements and top rotation.