2010 winners > 15 to 16 years > Smart Guard Bot
Smart Guard Bot
Campion College, Gisborne
Smart Guard Bot is an electronic security guard on wheels which can patrol your home. If it detects movement a message is sent to a website that Cyril has designed. It can also send a text to your mobile phone and follows a pre-set patrol path.
Looking around I saw an obvious increase in crime all over the world. I thought I should try and find some answer to this issue. Eventually I came up with Smart Guard Bot as a project worth developing. The idea was to improve usual alarm systems by making a robot patrol the house. The robot can also communicate with you through cellphone and email in order to raise the alarm as soon as it detects someone.
I really enjoyed being able to pull all the different technologies (WiFi, motion and infrared detection) together to make a new system. Some of the technologies were difficult to install and program – which made the project quite challenging.
It wasn’t easy getting all the components to work together in harmony. A lot of trials and tests were needed to get it running smoothly. To compound things all the limited resources of the microcontroller I was using made it even more difficult. I had to adapt some of the components so that they required less RAM and power.