From robots that race athletes to apps that help individuals overcome a fear of flying, the projects on display were the result of a semesters work for 350 engineering and computing students from the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science TechLauncher program.
TechLauncher is an ANU initiative and a collaborative effort with the ACT Government, Digital Careers, and the Canberra Innovation Network which enables students to develop the research and professional skills required to use technology to bring great ideas to life, and have a positive impact on society.
Industry engagement in the program is increasing annually, and partners in 2017 included the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra Hospital, World Photo Day, NuCoria and Canberra Counselling Services.
One group of students were delighted to present their project, Track RabBot, to the Australian Institute of Sport. They’ve been working to develop a solution to help Australian athletes train to beat the best in the world.
“We’re developing a portable robot that works its way around track at a programmed speed, allowing athletes to race against the robot,” said engineering student Imogen Blanch.
“For example, you can program Usain Bolt’s world-record holding times for our athletes to race against. The robot also has video capability, so athletes are able to watch back their performance.”