UMaine Senior Design Capstone PlantME Intelligent Environmental Regrowth

Forest post fire
Sapling

Project Updates

Concept

May 2013
We are DONE!

April 2013
The Planting subsystem is nearing completion.

March 2013
Fabrication of the Planting subsystem is still underway and progressing smoothly. Parts for the Air Purification subsystem are purchased and fabrication of that subsystem has begun. The motors and control system parts have been purchased, and will be integrated into the design on their arrival.

February 2013
Construction on the Planting subsystem has finally begun. Budget sheets for the other subsystems are being drawn up and construction on those will begin as soon as the materials can be approved and delivered.

December 2012
The final semester report is completed and will be posted on the website following some critical updates to the website. Now we as a team have a good idea as to what to expect for next semesters build process.

November 2012
Designs of Phase 1 and Phase 2 systems are complete and are shown in the the in the "Design" page. Check them out!!

October 2012
We have updated our webpage with pictures of our SolidWorks models, and a video of a prototype using the LEGO Mindstorms, check it out on our Design Page!

September 2012
The Website is now up and running! More information will be posted later as to the progress that our team has made!

When a natural disaster like a forest fire occurs, large portions of the local fauna and flora become dramatically stressed. In extreme cases, large areas of land are left devoid of wildlife and vegetation. A prime example of a recent natural disaster, which had a dramatic effect on the biodiversity of the ecosystem.

The initial idea of the robotics capstone was a concept that revolved around planting a single seed into the ground using robotics. Our plan was to build a robot that will navigate and “recover” areas of wilderness that have undergone natural disasters in a simple and efficient manner. When a natural disaster like a forest fire occurs, large portions of the local fauna and flora become dramatically stressed. In extreme cases, large areas of land are left devoid of wildlife and vegetation. A prime example of a recent natural disaster that had a dramatic effect on the biodiversity of the ecosystem is the Colorado forest fires of 2012.

By this point, the idea has changed from a mobile robot to the construction of subsystems that can be universally adapted to fit on a mobile robot platform.These purpose of these systems will be the same as the original concept: to help affected areas recover from a natural disaster.

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