During this recovery period for COVID-19, we reviewed difficulties faced throughout and following the pandemic. Starting off with the idea of a pet or something you can communicate your feelings to was something that we wanted to expand on, while still trying to find out how to provide other forms of relief and convenience. Hence the idea of a mini-robot that not only serves as a companion, but also a utility.
What it does
Cov-Aid has many multipurpose abilities such as mask dispensing and a disinfectant spray. Using heat sensors around the bot that detects and alerts when someone enters a certain range also helps create a safer space around the bot. Not only that, but the bot can also hold up to three rapid COVID-19 testing kits which requires a swab and 30 minutes to get a result. The robot can also avoid obstacles in your common household or facility using the cameras. Other features include a USB socket which allows you to connect your phone to the device, allowing the droid to follow you. Of course, this is all possible by charging the electrical ran Cov-Aid on it's dock.
How we built it
We were able to construct a model of the bot using the modeling website Tinkercad, which allowed us to easily manipulate 3-D shapes such as cylinders and shifting rectangles to create a functional and appeasing design. The website was made using a mix of html and CSS coding with the help of atom.io and to allow public access we were able to upload it to GitHub.
Challenges we ran into
The most major challenges we ran into is most definitely the time constraints as not only the limited time of the competition but the free time of some of our group members being short on time as well. Other minor issues such as the feasibility of our product was also taken into account, but overall we were able to overcome those obstacles and present a finished project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The completion of the Cov-Aid Model and the Cov-Aid website. (See below for links and pictures)
What we learned
We learned how to create and get better at making models using Tinkercad as well as exercised our knowledge on CSS and html in order to create the website. We also learned and brainstormed with other unused ideas on COVID relief.
What's next for Cov-Aid
The most obvious next step for Cov-Aid is a physical prototype. While being a huge leap from a 3-D generated model on a computer screen to a running Roomba on wheels, we'll need to first approve of all the parts and material that'll be used and figure out how to create a running code that'll fit in as many features as possible. However, despite this difficulties it'll definitely the next major step in order to make Cov-Aid a reality.