Android Based Control of Transmission Line Robot for Traversing Through Straight line and Crossing of Tower Junctions
Shruthi C. M1, Namburi GNVV Satya Sai Srinath2, G Vijay Vamsi3, Sudheer A. P4, Joy M. L5

1Ms. Shruthi C.M, Research Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Calicut (Kerala), India.
2Mr. Namburi GNVV Satya Sai Srinath, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, NIT, Calicut (Kerala), India.
3Mr. G. Vijay Vamsi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Calicut (Kerala), India.
4Dr. Sudheer A.P, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Calicut (Kerala), India.
5Dr. Joy M.L, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT, Calicut (Kerala), India.
Manuscript received on 07 April 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 20 April 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 April 2019 | PP: 1505-1510 | Volume-8 Issue-6, April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F3889048619/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: The most widely used means to transmit electricity is through transmission lines. These power lines are prone to problems with adverse weather conditions prevailing in different locations. Workers climb the poles and manually check if any faults occur in power lines and this makes their lives riskier. It also interrupts the power supply. A robot based inspection makes this task easier, efficient, foolproof and safe. Android based control is one of the simple and powerful methodologies due to the availability of smart phones. Also android is an open source platform which has software with lot of applications for online and offline operations. This paper mainly concentrates on an Android based control of a dual arm suspended type mobile robot for tension and suspension towers. Methodology of crossing and description of the robot model are also explained in this paper. The communication in android based control of robot is done through a mobile application. Control of the main subsystems such as mobile robot base, pulley system and dual arm is established using the smart phone application named ‘Bot Controller’ developed using MIT App Inventor which communicates with the Arduino Mega using Bluetooth module. All the tasks are controlled using corresponding buttons in the application interface. The communication between the onboard electronics and the user is taken care by the MIT App Inventor where multiple functions corresponding to various motion of robot are created. Speed and direction of rotation of each and every motor have been given as functions for motions. Complete control flow architecture with all hardware are also depicted.
Keyword: Android Transmission Control Application Communication.
Scope of the Article: Robotics and Control