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Mab

3 Stage - Visual Development

Mab is an automated cleaning system consisting of hundreds of mini-robots who will clean all surfaces giving magic to daily activities

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  • Mab - Stage - Visual Development
  • Mab - Stage - Visual Development
  • Mab - Stage - Visual Development
  • Mab - Stage - Visual Development
  • Mab - Stage - Visual Development
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Expert feedback, stage 3

The vision is thought provoking and the visuals you have created are very impressive images. In the last stage of the competition we would be interested in hearing about a few specific details in the concept. How is the motion (flying) pattern of the mini-robots controlled? How long do they fly (what is feasible)? How is the “spin” of the fly like mini-robots balanced? Good work and we wish you good luck at the last stage of the competition!

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2 Stage - Concept Development

The time governs our lives. We need an autonomous cleaning system that allows us to enjoy the little free time.

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Mab users are people who are always busy, their work is their passion and time governed their lives. Some users work from home and others spend all day at your workplace. These users do not have the time available to perform housekeeping activities and not want to do this activity. His life is too fast, always connected with the world and with your work anywhere. Although they love their work, they need free time, leisure time to do what they want and what makes them happy, time for reflection and to share with family and friends.

Mab only requires a brief initial setup and works independently.
When you turn to MAB, will welcome you and will locate its global position, determining the language spoken in the region, if the preferred language is not correct, you can select another language fingering the flag of the language you want or well saluting in their language through speech recognition.
Then MAB presents a menu of 5 steps you will take to configure the system and allow you to work independently.

1. Energy: the system requests an initial energy charge. Mab has 3 ways to acquire energy.
• First attempt to detect network "Witricity" (WiTricity is a wireless transfer mode resonance energy)
• If the previous network is not available, MAB request install wireless charging system to connect to the power supply. This system will use it only for the initial load or in case you are in a region with little access to solar energy.
• The third mode of energy supply is the ideal means by which gets energy constantly. Capture solar energy through the wings of micro-robots.

2. Load the cleaning substance: Mab requires water and a chemical substance that gives disinfectant properties, pleasant smell and viscosity to trap dirt particles. MAB indicates where they inserted the components encapsulated, intermittently illuminating your location. Then MAB will take care of homogenizing and mix the components.

3. Scan the space: Mab will scan the home using the microrobots flight , determining the cleaning time in different madalidades: Fast, Normal or exhaustive, will also determine the areas in which the house is divided to run custom cleanings.

4. Schedule cleaning cycles: with scan data, Mab recommend a weekly cleaning cycle and indicate the consumption of resources with the programmed cycle. The cycles are scheduled for days, times and thoroughness of cleaning. You can also run custom cleaning in areas that Mab has divided the house.

5. Connectivity and Notification: MAB detected devices and networks to which it can connect to, such as home automation networks, computers and cell phones, to report on their performance and problems or for receiving commands from these devices.
Now MAB will work autonomously. Enjoy a magical cleaning!

Expert feedback, stage 2

The development work in the concept is interesting and convincing and the pictures are beautiful and inspiring. We also appreciate the global scope. In the visual development phase you can further explore the design details of the product as well as showcase the functionality aspects visually.

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1 Stage - My concept

Mab is an automated cleaning system, consisting of hundreds of micro-robots. With this self-contained cleaning solution the user can escape the everyday chores to experience a little bit of magic and utopia.

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Mab is a self cleaning system consisting of 908 robots which clean the surface of a  floor with a drop touching and trapping the dirt particles on the floor. These robots also fulfill the task of feeding the system energy by capturing solar energy in its wings. The second component of the Mab is the core, which the robots returns to, and this central part handles multiple tasks: it generates the mixture of water with an additive that gives higher surface tension and a pleasant odor to the water; it is controlling the robot based on information they are providing of the environment; receiving contaminated droplets and filters it to remove the dirt from the water, saving the highest percentage possible and cleans its walking surfaces.

The following summarizes the 7-step cleaning process:

1. Mixes the water and the substance that gives greater surface tension.
2. The mixture is distributed to subordinates - robots
3. The robots fly with the load. The robots use a propeller for flying.
4. The robots cleaning by touching the surface with their droplet of fluid
5. The droplet captures the dirt and carries it back to the core
6. The core filters the dirt out
7. The core recovers the highest possible percentage of water to restart the cycle.

The thought behind Mab is to restore a sense of wonder in the everyday life, and to recapture the magic in simple processes, providing human shelters an autonomous purification.

Expert feedback, stage 1

Bold solution which mimics the collection of honey bees. We are interested in hearing more about the consumer insight behind the product and its relation to the design.

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2013-08-01 | No Comments

Submit Stage 4 – Functionality details

cleaning executed by the MAVs (Micro-aerial vehicle) is the key functionality of Mab, a cleaning mode that may seem utopian, but it is possible thanks to research being developed in the laboratory of Harvard Microrobotics.
Functional characteristics for efficient cleaning:
1. Energy Efficiency: In the Harvard Lab Microrobotics are working on compact energy sources such as fuel cell use, and the use of piezoelectric actuators, which in cooperation with the photovoltaic properties of the wings of MAVs, which will have a design inspired by the wings of butterflies and crystal nanostructures, called gyroids (Dr. Tongxiang Fan)that makes them perfect solar panel, provide a flight of approximately 15 minutes.
2. Flight Pattern: MAVs using a flight path traced by a spiral aurea. Mab has 4 MAVs deployment areas, for each of these areas peel off 75 cleaning routes, each route is assigned to 3 MAVs. This cleaning is done with greater speed and efficiency.
3. The materials and the contact angle: MAVs are manufactured in carbon fiber with a high porosity in the nozzle to attach the drop. To ensure that the drop remains in place there should be a slight vacuum, the porosity of the nozzle and the liquid properties as superficial tension, additionally, contact angle the surface of 150 degrees to allow for proper collection of the impurities.
Link of the research: http://micro.seas.harvard.edu/research.html

reference technological

flapping mode

image1:
1. Surface elevation produces mild vacuum. 2. Wireless communication between MAV and core 3. Nanostructures butterfly wings present on the wings of MAVs 4. Porous surface for securing drop 5. Second flight mode (helicopter mode) 6. Angle of contact 150 degrees – area electrical transfer 7. Research developed at Harvard – RoboBees.

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flight path traced by a spiral aurea. manages to cover all the space with nature trails

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2013-08-01 | No Comments

Submit Stage 4 – Consumer insight

Population growth is one of the problems that humanity will face in the coming years, according to the UN many countries will have a population increase of up to 75%, this implies major changes in the routines of life and social dynamics, effects as labor competition will be greater, and the time available for recreational activities or chores will be very small, the homes will have less space and will only be used for short-stay overnight and enjoy the weekend.
Mab offers users cleaning autonomy, the ability to enjoy leisure time, reflection and leisure without worrying about the cleanup tedious time-consuming daily.
Enabling you to to be autonomous Mab is the behavior of swarms that is being developed in the laboratory of Harvard Microrobotics with “Simbeeotic” simulation framework that allows the development of algorithms to guide MAVs (Micro-aerial vehicle). In this way all MAVs transmit information to the central authority (core) for the recognition of the environment and task assignment (assignment deterministic) or behavioral parameters within the collective brain of the Swarm (stochastic assignment). With the information space, the user can shekels cleaning calendar and not worry about the work of household cleaning.
The colony behavior research is in: http://robobees.seas.harvard.edu/publications/colony

image1: Mab cleaning running while users enjoy a sunny day. flight pattern Spiral aureas
image 2: Touch screen for cleaning cycles calendar

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2013-06-15 | No Comments

Mab materials

Touch Screen:

Mab has a touch screen in your body. Through this screen users can set to Mab. Because it Mab has a spherical shape, the screen must be of a material that allows the double curvature of the sphere. Graphene is the material in which it is manufactured Mab screen because it has suitable properties for this use: flexibility, elasticity, light weight, electrical conductivity and lower power consumption

Mab body:

Mab body has spherical shape, and should be manufactured from a material which allows flow through molds, having low shrinkage and a high degree of dimensional stability, since the body is Mab that integrates all components. Particular care is the fit between the body and wheel rims, is this assembly which allows to integrate all components and shutdown. For these reasons the right material for the body of Mab is ABS.

Tires:

The Mab wheels have a high level of design details. These have a protruding area to allow grasping and manipulation, in this area the user can grasping to Mab while setting or even to sustain it if you want to transport manually it somewhere. Mab wheels are manufactured from a vulcanized rubber selectively, in this way fit areas with Mab body remain with greater rigidity and the zones of contact with the floor have more elasticity. Mab wheels have small areas on the surface protrusions that allows a better grip on the floor and that in addition gives an excellent design detail.

Wings of mini-robots:

the wings of the mini-robots need to own properties such as lightness, electrical conductivity, elasticity to take the form that gives continuity to the sphere and very special property of graphene that allows you to generate electricity when hit by light, it is for these reasons that the wings of the mini-robots should be made of graphene.

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2013-05-06 | No Comments

inspiration in the user

I researched current youth called “Generation Einstein” or “millennians”.

Generation Einstein smarter, faster and more social

Generation Einstein is influenced by multiple social trends. experiment with all kinds of new educations and Generation Einstein today learn differently. The amount of information is too high in order to receive all and they know it. They also use their contacts to find people who will teach them what they need: friends, acquaintances, where knowledge resides. Learn with pictures.
Einstein generation grows up in a world made by a society information marketed twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

millennians are another way to call the current generation of youngsters.
Unlike past generations, for the current generation is more important to enjoy the journey to reach the end. pleasure determines the dimension of professional achievement. they know how to combine passion with work. They have generated the creative economy and entrepreneurship boom and collective strength. The speed with which they connect with the world sets the pace of their labor relations. Mobility, shared workspaces, home-office and the possibility of manage their own schedules, make work is always present in any momente everywhere.


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Robotic insect/ BBC source 2 May 2013

Technology is approaching increasingly to the development of Mab

Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects.

This “robo-fly”, built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic “muscles” to power its wings.

Its Harvard University developers say tiny robots like theirs may eventually be used in rescue operations.

It could, for example, navigate through tiny spaces in collapsed buildings.

The development is reported in the journal Science.

Dr Kevin Ma from Harvard University and his team, led by Dr Robert Wood, say they have made the world’s smallest flying robot.

It also has the fly-like agility that allows the insects to evade even the swiftest of human efforts to swat them.

This comes largely from very precise wing movements.

By constantly adjusting the effect of lift and thrust acting on its body at an incredibly high speed, the insect’s (and the robot’s) wings enable it to hover, or to perform sudden evasive manoeuvres.

And just like a real fly, the robot’s thin, flexible wings beat approximately 120 times every second.

The researchers achieved this wing speed with special substance called piezoelectric material, which contracts every time a voltage is applied to it.

By very rapidly switching the voltage on and off, the scientists were able to make this material behave like just like the tiny muscles that makes a fly’s wings beat so fast.

“We get it to contract and relax, like biological muscle,” said Dr Ma.

The main goal of this research was to understand how insect flight works, rather than to build a useful robot.

He added though that there could be many uses for such a diminutive flying vehicle.

“We could envision these robots being used for search-and-rescue operations to search for human survivors under collapsed buildings or [in] other hazardous environments,” he said.

“They [could] be used for environmental monitoring, to be dispersed into a habitat to sense trace chemicals or other factors.

Dr Ma even suggested that the robots could behave like many real insects and assist with the pollination of crops, “to function as the now-struggling honeybee populations do in supporting agriculture around the world”.

The current model of robo-fly is tethered to a small, off-board power source but Dr Ma says the next step will be to miniaturise the other bits of technology that will be needed to create a “fully wireless flying robot”.

“It will be a few more years before full integration is possible,” he said.

“Until then, this research project continues to be very captivating work because of its similarity to natural insects. It is a demonstration of how far human engineering ingenuity has reached, to be mimicking natural systems.”

Dr Jon Dyhr, a biologist from the University of Washington who also studies insect flight, said these flying robots were “impressive feats of engineering”.

“The physics of flight at such small scales is relatively poorly understood which makes designing small flying systems very difficult,” he told BBC News, adding that biological systems provided “critical insights into designing our own artificial flyers”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22380287

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