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Mechatronics at MTSU


Story by, Sergio Pacheco Cruz

[PKG] Transcript follows.


THERE’S A REASON WHY YOU BARELY MEET ENGINEERING STUDENTS ON CAMPUS.

WHETHER IT INVOLVES SOFTWARE CODING OR STRATEGIZING ON HOW TO BUILD A ROBOT PIECE BY PIECE, THESE ENGINEERING STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS UP TO SOMETHING. THEY WON’T STEP DOWN FROM A CHALLENGE AND ALWAYS SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS.

ROBERT JOHNSON SAID AT DIFFERENT POINTS ON THE RACE TRACK...A BUTTON ON A CONTROLLER WILL BE PRESSED TO SAVE EACH LOCATION AND WILL HELP THE RC CAR MOVE AROUND EASIER.

"Our robot will move very slow at low speeds to make its corners and turns, but as we turn our position straight onto our vector, or the next wave point, we'll drive faster and faster." -Robert Johnson


COREY GAMACHE SAID HIS ROBOT CAN SERVE USE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR MANY COMPLICATED SURGERIES.. SINCE IT WILL HAVE VERY FINE PRECISION...BUT IT CAN ONLY BE CONTROLLED IF ALL 3 MOTORS ARE AVAILABLE AT EACH CORNER.

"It can be used specifically in surgeries and medical applications because they are very stable and they offer very precise control without losing control of the end effector here." -Corey Gamache


JAZLYN VILLAFUERTE’S DEVICE USES SENSORS..AS WELL AS A LAPTOP.. TO TRACK DIFFERENT ITEMS THAT THEY WANT THE ROBOT TO PICK UP.

"...to see the bin and see like the depth so we can go in with a suction cup, pick up the item, and then sort it in the right box or bin." -Jazlyn Villafuerte


THESE SENIOR MECHATRONIC STUDENTS COULD ONE DAY COME UP WITH A DEVICE THAT WILL MAKE OUR DAILY LIVES...EASIER.

SERGIO PACHECO...FOR MIDDLE TENNESSEE NEWS.