A security and safety rover made from off-the-shelf parts

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2014-12

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Wang, James Ho

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This report describes the security and safety rover capable of monitoring the the indoor areas of a home and alerting the homeowner of events, such as burglary, fire, or flood. Physical security has always been a concern for homeowners. Digital video security systems are becoming commonplace in modern homes. The majority of the cameras available in this consumer market are fixed-mount cameras with limited capability. The pan-tilt-zoom feature is much less common due to cost. However, with the recent availability of low-cost, powerful, micro-controller boards along with high definition cameras and a myriad of electronic sensors this nascent product comes to mind. This report describes an experimental effort to build a robot using off-the-shelf'' hardware and custom software. Specifically, it will answer the question: Is it possible to build such a rover with the requisite capability and, if so, at what cost?''

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