built by Edward Rupp

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Target Environment Locomotion Method
Indoors Treads
Sensors / Input Devices Actuators / Output Devices
5 Homemade sonar sensors
4 IR reflective sensors
Two hacked hobby servos
Control Method Power Source
Autonomous Battery
CPU Type Operating System
PIC Microcontroller None
Programming Lanuage Weight
Time to build Cost to build
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This robot is called Monitor. Being the 'turret' and black body is reminiscent of the civil war iron clad. The 'turret' houses the 2 pic processors and 5 homemade sonar sensors. One pic is the master and controls the motors and general operations. The second pic is a slave and runs the sonars.

The robot is a rebuild of a previous robot called El Diabolic. The original toy that had been used under the homemade chassis was ditched being the motors were too fast and low powered. New mounts for converted hobby servos were made to drive the tank treads, the only bits left from the old toy. Sonars replace the ineffective IR sensors

The robot is designed for the annual Critter Crunch in Denver held every October. The event is similar to sumo, push the opponent out the ring. A dark band on the arena edge using IR reflective sensors clues the robot to being close to driving off. The bot is totaly autonomous. It looks for an opponent with the sonars, approaches and attempts to scoop under it and push it off. Being its got 360 degrees of view its imposable to sneak up on it. It will always try to turn its ramp to anything it sees!

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