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|Target Environment||Locomotion Method|
|Sensors / Input Devices||Actuators / Output Devices|
IR Proximity Detection
Several CDS photodetectors
Front/Rear "Whisker" sensors
Wheel shaft encoders
Drive motor feedback
3 Mercury tilt switches
|Articulated sensor head turret
R/C servo for steering
|Control Method||Power Source|
|CPU Type||Operating System|
|Multiple 68HC11's and an Intel 486DX/66||Linux|
|Time to build||Cost to build|
|URL for more information|
|Gadget is based on an R/C truck chassis and uses several 68HC11's for the low level control functions and a 486DX/66 8Mb RAM 1Gb Hdisk Linux system for higher level functions. The project is still currently underway.
Secondly, building Ultrasonic Ranging is VERY easy (though it took me a month or two to work it all out) and you can do it accurately and reliably for less than $25 in parts (I'm assuming you have NO parts in your junkbox and buy virtually everything from some obnoxious retailer).
Thirdly power is a major problem. With small robots or robots that don't have as much in the way of electronics, this may not be so bad. I have a 486 PC with a 2-1/2" hard disk and so the power gets sucked down pretty quickly. I'd like to replace the motherboard with one out of a laptop. I think that would relieve the problem quite a bit... anybody have a nice 486 laptop they'd like to donate to the project ??? :-)
Overall I'm very pleased with the development of the robot so far. As I mentioned earlier, the project is still in the works though and I'm having a ball working out all the details. Not to mention all the new friends I've met while perusing the newsgroups and web sites looking for ideas and stuff.