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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11629-11648;

Development of a Multisensor-Based Bio-Botanic Robot and Its Implementation Using a Self-Designed Embedded Board

Department of Biomechatronics Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, No. 1 Shuefu Road, Neipu, Pingtung County 91201, Taiwan
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Received: 1 November 2011 / Revised: 25 November 2011 / Accepted: 5 December 2011 / Published: 13 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Control Systems and Robotics in Bioengineering)
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This paper presents the design concept of a bio-botanic robot which demonstrates its behavior based on plant growth. Besides, it can reflect the different phases of plant growth depending on the proportional amounts of light, temperature and water. The mechanism design is made up of a processed aluminum base, spring, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and actuator to constitute the plant base and plant body. The control system consists of two micro-controllers and a self-designed embedded development board where the main controller transmits the values of the environmental sensing module within the embedded board to a sub-controller. The sub-controller determines the growth stage, growth height, and time and transmits its decision value to the main controller. Finally, based on the data transmitted by the sub-controller, the main controller controls the growth phase of the bio-botanic robot using a servo motor and leaf actuator. The research result not only helps children realize the variation of plant growth but also is entertainment-educational through its demonstration of the growth process of the bio-botanic robot in a short time. View Full-Text
Keywords: embedded system; bio-botanic robot; micro-controller embedded system; bio-botanic robot; micro-controller
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Chang, C.-L.; Sie, M.-F.; Shie, J.-L. Development of a Multisensor-Based Bio-Botanic Robot and Its Implementation Using a Self-Designed Embedded Board. Sensors 2011, 11, 11629-11648.

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