Older blog entries for c6jones720 (starting at number 9)

I wasnt really sure how to guage the reliability of my animate vision system so I wrote a program that would cause the robot to move its head and point with its left arm to where it saw motion. Surprisingly it works with about 80% reliability its kind of odd to see a robot looking and pointing at you when you move about...

One more exam left - and thats the end of my robotics degree I won't have to feel guilty about spending time working on this robot then :-)

My new clas 6 robot is coming along fine.. I've used a combination of serial servo controller and home made control device to make the actuators work. I think it is okay.. The grippers can pick up light objects under 100g and visual gripper tracking works in at least 4 of 9 areas....

I've built a new version of my MR_Head robot (version 3.0) this one features a monochrome vision system and it works! The head is capable of tracking a person (or large object) around a room using only binarised images. I've also got a new metal detector for my car bomb inspection robot. i'll have to integrate this later on (after my exams)

I should be revising for my degree finals. I kind of am but I can't help being a compulsive roboticist!!! Im just halfway through a really simple collision avoidance and detection routine using vision. Im going to use this on a remake of one of my robot heads (Mr_Head 3.0)

Well despite the fact that my mates girlfriend dropped my robot from a great height and despite the fact that I couldnt get the camera pan tilt mechanism quite right, the academics really liked it!

The car bomb inspection robot I was working is finished and was put on display at tyhe University of Plymouth (England). To my surprise they gave me the 2004 award for engineering excellence - can you believe it?!

Whatever you do guys.... Dont drop your robots!!!

To Trebuche,working with bomb disposal robots after terrrosts is relatively(!?) easy. Building an actual terrorist tracker is a little more complicated..... If you want to I'm sure you can do it, but when you do give us a shout..

My robot works - All systems go!!!

I've had fun driving it around using the screen on the remote control. I let my mates have a go on it to see what they thought. Everythings looking good.

Only problem is though the 7Ah lead acid battery is a bit heavy so the mission duration is less than 15 minutes - argh!! Back to the drawing board I suppose...

I've just remotely driven my robot out of my room, down the hallway and back again, only using sensors and a TV camera. TV cameras are okay, but you don't get a good sense of depth. I've learned that heavy tracked vehicles are very hard to steer and reverse properly! Just drove over my freinds router - oops!

Im about two thirds the way through building my final year Robotics project. I've built a car bomb inspection robot with cameras lasers and force-feedback sensors. I've got a few issues with recieving telemetry from my bot.

I don't suppose anyone knows anything about using DTMF chips do they?

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