Conceptual prototypes of auto-following baby stroller-LEGO mindstorms applied

  • 賴 慧宇

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

This research aims to construct conceptual prototypes of auto-following stroller and sum up the main functions that auto-following baby stroller should have The LEGO mindstorms toolkits are applied to build several conceptual prototypes and get tested Auto-following can be decomposed into three key functions: user following obstacle avoiding identity identification During the testing process we find that the way of switching on/off is also a key element for executing auto-following How to switch plays an important role when using auto-following baby stroller and it should have usability to enable users to use auto-following stroller easily when holding a baby in their arms The testing results were verified by (1) searching for the corresponding products and concepts to find the needed techniques that auto-following stroller may apply proving that the auto-following stroller can be built under the technique supports (2)The questionnaire were given to the baby stroller users to investigate whether they are willing to use auto-following stroller and if they are agree with the operating way this study sets The result shows that most respondents want to use auto-following stroller and agree with our testing results proving that the users have the need and auto-following stroller indeed has the potential to be put into market The experiment can be divided into 5 stages At the first stage the parents who have children under 3 years old are interviewed and observed There we concluded the key functions that auto-following should possess At Stage 2 we tested these functions by building conceptual prototypes with LEGO mindstorms toolkits The components of intelligent bricks and sensors are assembled to reach the ultimate goal of single function At stage 3 integrate these functions to see if there are any interference between the software and hardware At stage 4 the ways of switching auto-following are added into the integrations gained from stage 3 Then the integration-function prototypes are presented and the unworkable integrations will be screen out The prototypes will be verified by questionnaire surveying several parents to check whether the auto-following stroller meet their needs at stage 5 This research will be provided to the stroller manufacturers to give them a reference when producing auto-following stroller in the future
Date of Award2015 Sep 1
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorChun-Juei Chou (Supervisor)

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