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Name: William Cole
Member since: 2005-05-19 05:20:02
Last Login: 2009-07-01 05:49:21

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I've been a member of the DPRG (Dallas Personal Robotics Group) for a number of years, serving as club Secretary for two years. Lately, most of my robotic efforts have been focused more on building up the club's lab rather than actually building robots, but receintly I've begun a new robot project based on a 1/6th scale R/C M5 Sherman tank which will be controlled by an Atmel AVR microcontroller. (Most of my experience involves Windows- based systems, but I decided to learn how to use the AVR's because they are so simple and cheap, yet surprisingly powerful.) I have two degrees; an AAS in Video Electronics and an AAS in Computer Electronics. I created the RoboticMarket Yahoo! group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/roboticmarket/) to help robot builders find the stuff they need to build their projects.

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I don't really have a lot to write about just yet on my new project. The focus of the project will be to build a robot for visual effect, mostly to inspire children to get involved in robotics. Despite not working my regular job right now due to an injury from a car accident a couple weeks ago, I have two tottlers who keep me pretty busy so I haven't been able to put as much work into this project as I had hoped. Right now I am focusing most of my efforts on learning to program the AVR microcontroller, since physical labor is still somewhat painful right now. Previously, before the accident, I was working on removing the non- functional ornimentation from a 1/6 scale R/C M5 Sherman tank. I was putting a lot of effort into changing the turret to look less like a tank and more like a "classic" Hollywood type robot. I found the torso of a 'Buster' robot which I was adapting to fit the turret. The head of the Buster was removed before I got it, so I decided to use the head of a 'Tor' robot, which gave the entire robot just the right look I was trying to make. Eventually I'll modify the head with LEDS controlled by another AVR to create special effects and give it a certain "wow" factor.


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