Autonomous Debris Collector


The project objective was to design and build a trash collector capable of autonomously maneuvering a designated playing field retrieving and sorting randomly scattered debris consisting of aluminum soda cans, plastic and glass soda bottles. Various implemented hardware include an Arduino motherboard, Parallax distance sensors, Hokuyo scanning rangefinder, and Hitec servos. The team competed at the IEEE SECon 2009 Competition in Atlanta, GA and placed first place overall.

The Student Projects and Research Committee (SPARC) is a student lead organization at Auburn University that creates and fosters an environment of creativity and innovation through collaborative projects. No matter their major, students should only need a willingness to learn and grow to participate in an experience that will allow them to test out ideas, integrate concepts learned in class, and learn skills that will be instrumental when working in the workforce. SPARC each semester selects a few projects to work on and dedicates the space and tools of the "makerspace" style SPARC lab to develop those projects. -Auburn University SPARC

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