The Remote Inspection Device (RID) project is our team’s first real world introduction to robotics and encompasses all aspects of our mechanical engineering education. This proof-of-concept vehicle is what’s known as an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) with an attached robotic manipulator arm. It is the intention of the team to build such a vehicle to compete in the 2013 ASME Design Competition in Long Beach, CA on April 26 & 27.
Up until now, all funding has been provided by the two participating team members. The team felt that this was an important first step in convincing others of the sincerity of its intent: we couldn't very well ask people to donate their hard-earned money to the project without first spending our own. The money that has already gone into the project has been spent on some of the major components and prototyping design alternatives. As a result, the team is aware of what works and what doesn't. The team has a plan in place to complete the RID project but requires additional funding to make it happen. All funds being donated to the team will be used to complete the RID and for travel expenses to the competition.
Thank you in advance for your support!