American Automation Contest
Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Contest challenges students to design and build a working automation system. Participants use the Nanoline controller and nanoNavigator software.
The team from Walker Career Center in Indanapolis, Indiana built the "RoboDose Medical Pill Dispenser".
The automated pill dispenser, affectionately called Esmeralda, is designed to ensure that the correct medicine dose is taken at the correct time. It can be used in small home and large scale (nursing home, hospital) applications, and can alert medical staff or family members if the medicine is not taken in a pre-designated time. The robot machine uses Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Controller and nanoNavigator software to program and deliver medicine. The GSM module of the Nanoline controller is used to send SMS messages to designated medical staff and family contacts. The team was sponsored by Walgreens, T-Mobile, RobotStop, Phidgets, and Office Max.
Team members are Brian Wyatt, Emma Griffith, Jaidy Hernandez, Jonathan Owens and Portia Jefferson. Class instructor Jim Hanson (not pictured) served as advisor to the team, and travelled with the team to Germany in early April. The project was seen by over 8,000 German students at the Tec2You booth at the Hannover Fair.
The team also kept a FaceBook account of their adventure. https://www.facebook.com/WCCNano
The team from Early College EAST High School in Havelock, N.C. designed and built the "Delian One Remotely Operated Vehicle."
The unmanned vehicle uses Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Controller and nanoNavigator software to remotely maneuver and explore an underwater environment. The Nanoline controls the Delian One’s thrusters, so that it can submerge and maneuver underwater. It also turns the lights and camera on or off.
Team members are Aaron Nasser, Thomas Munday, Claudia Yllanes, Alex Messmer, Ashley Mullikin, John Ebright (advisor) and Benjamin Fisher. Don Dickinson (not pictured) served as the team’s Phoenix Contact mentor.
Infinity Charter School, Penbrook (Dauphin County), Pa., created the Smart Solar Mobile Charging Station (SSMCS)
The SSMCS device can intelligently track the sun for non-stationary applications, such as electric vehicles or boats. It uses solar energy to charge batteries of electric vehicles.
Using Phoenix Contact’s nanoNavigator software, the team wrote several programs to monitor conditions such as the time of day, level of battery, whether the car is on or off and the acceptable voltage difference. Based on these conditions, the Nanoline controller can maximize the vehicle’s charging capabilities. The system also uses the Nanoline’s SMS capability to send the operator a text message about the current battery level.
The Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, PA created MURLOC
“Monitoring (yo)UR Local Outlet Consumption”.
MURLOC saves money and energy by cutting of power to an outlet and disallowing any draw by standby power from up to 12 outlets.
Using SMS, MURLOC can turn an outlet On or Off remotely, or let you know if certain power limits are exceeded.
Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School in Mechanicsburg, Pa., created the NanoCar, an electric hybrid vehicle.
The team of two girls and seven boys developed logos, T-shirts, and a flyer for their project. The volcano in Iceland prevented the team from attending the 2010 Hanover Fair, but the car was displayed via Webcam to the show. Visitors to the TectoYou booth could activate the NanoCar via SMS messages sent by cell phones.
Video about the CPAVTS team and their NanoCar project:
The Shrine Academy from Royal Oaks, Mich., built their own version of the movie character, WALL-E, and his trailer.
Above: John Maten and the group of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The four girls and five boys are members of the “RoboKnights” Robotic team. They also participate in Lego Robotics contests. Family members assisted in manufacturing the “Big-N-Large” neon sign, and the interior of WALL-E’s trailer.
Video about the RoboKnights Team and their WALL-E project: