Inspiration

My inspiration for this project was form the show JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but a heat-signal following robot is extremely useful in military operations such as bomb disarmament.

What it does

This project detects a heat source using a thermal camera and moves towards it. In case it runs into an obstacle, it walks around the obstacle to free itself.

How we built it

This project was built on the Pololu 32U4 Romi, using an Adafruit AMG8833 Thermal Camera, coded using the Arduino platform.

Challenges we ran into

I could not get the ATMega32U4 platform to be compatible with Atmel Studio or with Command Prompt, so I had to do all of my coding in .ino rather than in .c as we had previously done in the class. Additionally, I has trouble with figuring out how to wire the camera to the board and retrieve the information correctly.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Making the robot move towards a predestined location successfully.

What we learned

I learned the importance of pre-planning. It is extremely important to know well the hardware you are going to use before you decide to purchase it and start building with it. I ran into so much trouble with the camera and MCU I highly wish I would have stuck with the ATMega328P.

What's next for Sheer Heart Attack

A better camera system would be crucial to making this project actually work, since it only has the ability to look ahead and cannot see 360. A way to attack the target, such as a Nerf or water gun would also be a fun addition.

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