The Intelligent Telepresence Assistive Devices (iTAD) is a Mechanical and Aerospace capstone engineering project that focuses on mechatronic and healthcare. This is the fourth year this project has been running.

iTAD is made up of 27 fourth-year engineering students from 3 different engineering departments. These students are divided into four sections that each focus on a specific part of the project. These sections are Mobility, Arm, Interaction and AMS. Mobility, Arm and Interaction all work on the main iTAD robot while AMS is a new project and has a separate future funder page. The focus for the main iTAD robot this year is to make small improvements on last year’s design work that will increase the overall performance of the robot. Each subsection has outlined how it are going to do this. Mobility is working on improving the drivetrain, stability and obstacle avoidance of the robot. Arm is working on lowering the weight of the arm as well as improving the stability of the arm. Finally, Interactions is working on fine tuning the operating and autonomous controls of the robot as well as improving obstacle detection.

The Background

There are 2 main goals of iTAD.

The first goal of iTAD is to provide fourth-year engineering students with hands on experience in the field of mechatronic and robotics. During the project, students must go through a design, build, test and optimize process on one part of the robot. This means that students must interact with each other to fully integrate their parts into the robot. iTAD is very unique in this way as it is the only mechanical and aerospace project that fully covers mechatronics and robotics as well as being directly applicable to almost every stream of engineering.

The second goal of iTAD is to develop assistive devices for the medical field. The current iTAD robot is designed to connect a doctor to patients through telepresence while sensing the environment through an array of sensors and manipulating the surroundings with a robotic arm. The present aim is to build iTAD for a hospital setting; future plans include home settings as well as search and rescue settings. AMS will be the first assistive device of the home setting.

The Rollout

The funding we receive from this future funder page will be used to help students buy the parts needed to build their designs and implement them onto the robot. These parts make iTAD more than just a paper project; they allow students to learn through testing and integrating. By getting this opportunity, our students will have practical experience that they can carry with them into their engineering careers for the rest of their lives. We need your help to make this happen. Donations made on Tuesday December 3rd before 9:00 am will be doubled by Carleton University.

The Impact

Besides the impact that funding this project will have on the current students as outlined in the paragraph above, it will also help future students that the iTAD Capstone project is handed off to.  By supporting iTAD today, we will be able to further our designs and develop and leave the next iTAD team with a better starting foundation for them to build on and learn from. More funding will also allow more developments to be made on iTAD which will improve the quality of the product we hope will one day be present in the market to make heath care better and more connected. Thank you for your support!

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