SUMO BOT COMPETITION

SUMO BOT COMPETITION Fuad Abdallah, August 23, 2021. This week had a very exciting start with a sumo bot competition. The sumo bot competition is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle.  We were assigned to create a sumo bot for this competition. I started creating my sumo bot at home this past weekend by writing the program for the sumo bot and created a prototype. I tested it each time I updated my program. It was such a fun process because I even created my own ring at home to test it. I updated my program multiple times while testing it until I got what I intended, then I started designing…

Keep going!!

KEEP GOING…!!! Maximilian Donath Mkenda. August 16, 2021. Joining the Lemelson Internship is a lot more fun than I thought it would be in the best way possible. So far, I have already gained many skills, and I have learned more about different things used in everyday activities such as laser cutting, 3D printing, soldering, Arduino programming and the diagnosis of various equipment. As for expectations for the rest of my internship, I am thrilled to learn more every day and have been working with very talented people from whom I know I will learn more. This internship has given me even more real-world experience than I had before. It has also given me the chance to learn more about…

MAKING THE MOST OF IT

Sandra (LEFT) and DIT Design Studio Admin Assistant Aziza (LEFT) My name is Sandra Sommi, I am a third year student studying a Bachelor of Computer Engineering at the Dar es salaam Institute of Technology. My team and I were assigned the task of designing an automatic unmanned robotic system by our instructor, Dr. Simbeye as part of our course - Robotics and Intelligent Systems.  The primary motive behind this project is to design and fabricate an automatic robotic system that will operate automatically without any human intervention. The original idea was to implement an automatic robotic arm that will perform pick and place functionality. But later as a group we came up with the idea that the robotic system...

Expansion 3DP – A STUDENT BUILT 3D PRINTER

^Our team and the completed Expansion 3D We are a group of 5 final year Bachelors students in the department of Computer Studies. We are genuinely interested in everything that deals or works with computers, ranging from networking, electronics and software development. During the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021 around mid-December, we decided to build a 3D printer as part of our coursework assessment for a core module named Robotics and intelligent systems. Having no prior experience in building a 3D printer nor a significant knowledge of its operation, we first had to understand how CNC (Computer Numerical Control) laser or plasma cutter worked as a means of building a fundamental background that could ease the understanding and...

Crushing Quest

Crushing Quest – Kanyempwe Juma B. Introduction In this week’s quest at the DIT Design Studio we had a final project prototype to complete. It was a great week for my team, we finished our first prototype ahead of time. So we had enough time to work on the problem statement and define the main objective of the project. From our last visit to Muhimbili National Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), we went back to the DIT Design Studio and downloaded our findings then defined the problem statement. Below are the objectives. For this prototype we came up with the best solutions possible: to protect the source of negative pressure at Muhimbili National Hospital and create an…

Best run starts with a good muscle stretch

  Best run starts with a good muscle stretch – Thomas N. Shetui A week of design thinking – Starting up with a design thinking 101 session trying very deeply to understand how to internalize the problem through empathizing it and evaluating how the problem affects the end users. The procedure required first hand interviews (as a primary source of information) with the targeted end users. The information provided could be used to structure solutions to that problem and later secondary research was done.  With the primary and secondary research commencing on the problem assigned to work on, “How can we encourage hand washing and make it safer” thereafter modified to, “How can we make most DIT students wash their…

COMPLETING INFRARED THERMOMETER PROJECT

COMPLETING INFRARED THERMOMETER PROJECT By: Arslan Dogar Infrared thermometer was the most challenging project assigned during the Industrial Practical Training period, it required us to code the Arduino program, testing the code by building actual circuit, soldering the circuit and diagnosis, 3d printing the housing design and finally fitting the circuit into the housing and testing. Initial Testing of the Circuit Some of these procedures proved to be very challenging and caused a lot of delay to the completion of the project, extending the time span to approximately 3 weeks. The main challenge that we faced during the project was the soldering and diagnosis of the soldered circuit, initially the delay had been caused by female headers not being available….

Coding and challenges

“It takes two flints to make a fire”, this saying defines the mood of this week. It all started with the Arduino basics, which to somewhere new concepts. We were given a brief introduction to Arduino (Arduino Uno to be specific), its pins (analog and digital pins), how it works, the power pins and the power that Arduino accepts. We also learnt about  how it can communicate with the computer. We were given a brief on how to write codes in Arduino in order for it to communicate with the computer. “Comments, comments. I need to see some comments” this is what our Supervisor (design studio manager) encourages us to do when writing the codes. She says comments are important…