Aquatic Robotics

H2r0bot: Robot Boat for Benthic Mapping

Posted 13 Dec 2007 at 22:31 UTC by steve Share This

Those of you who attended the 2007 Austin Maker Faire may remember seeing a large orange and white robot boat. That was H2r0bot, built by Jim Patek of Cedar Park, Texas. VIA Arena has posted an article about Jim's robot that goes into details of the construction. The robot uses a variety of sensors to gather information that is used to produce more accurate computer simulations of streams, rivers, and lakes. The robot uses a VIA EK800EG Mini-ITX board along with a couple of Parallax BASIC stamps. Much of the article consists of Jim being asked question such as how the robot is controlled and his answers such as, "H2rObot is autonomous, but I suppose that depends upon the definition of autonomous. It would be nice if it would get a job and pay some rent, wash dishes, feed the cat." When asked what operating system it runs, he repied, "H2rObot runs Linux, of course. Is there another operating system? The bot currently runs the SLAX variant of Linux."

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