The Geo-Positioning Robot Built from $250 Wheelchair

A team of student employees from the University of Alabama in SMAP Center (Huntsville's Systems Management and Production) turned a $250 motorized wheelchair into a $20,000 geo-positioning robot named Johnny Five. Equipped with Ricoh panoramic camera and remote-controlled device, Johnny Five's first task is photographing a room of interior for inventory and insurance purposes. The final design, the team said, the robot will incorporate a small computer which has ability to operate in an autonomous mode, and achieve the goal that is to update photo from the same place consistently over several years. 

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