A Quick Summary of the Idea behind Norm:

The New Normal in Landscaping

My pursuit of Artificial Intelligence eventually led into my passion for Robotics. At the end of 2018 I started forming an idea for a robot that I wanted to build. After consulting with some of my favorite professors, I began my pursuit of building my very own robot.

One day in my final year, as I was forced to listen to a large University Lawn Mower outside of my little appartment, I asked myself: why is it was so loud? why is ran on gasoline? and why did a human have to drive it? These questions popped into my mind every time I heard the mower, and eventually I decided that I wanted to make a mower that was not plauged by any of these issues. After consulting with my favorite professors, I began my pursuit of building my own Autonomous Landscaping Robot. Norm's design draws from my experience as a farm hand and landscaper during my High School years, using these experiences I began researching into the current designs of machines in the landscaping and farming industry.

In the year since I've began, Norm is still in its Beta but has come a long way. Here is of List of all of the pieces used in making Norm Work:

    Build Materials
  • High Quality Aluminium Frame
  • HDPE Main Body Panel
  • 3D Printed Parts: Carbon Fiber, Nylon 6/6, and ABS
  • Radio Communicatoin
  • Bluetooth Communication
  • Distance Sensors: Sonar and Infared
  • Brushless Gearless Electric DC Motors
  • Satellite Imaging
  • Deep Learning
  • 10-DOF Inertial Measurement Unit
  • GPS and GNSS Location Technology
  • Spectrometer and Light Sensors
  • an 8-bit Microcontroller

my design philophy for Norm was to keep it simple. I want him to be easy to repair and cheap to produce right here in the United States. Norm is currently only using an 8-bit processor, this was decided as both a challenge and cost saving measure. I know that if it can work on a simple processor, that upgrading will give great performance benefits for his final version.

Pictures of Norm

Iterations of 3D Printed Part Designs