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|Target Environment||Locomotion Method|
|Sensors / Input Devices||Actuators / Output Devices|
|bump whiskers||DC motors|
|Control Method||Power Source|
|CPU Type||Operating System|
|Commodore 64 Computer||N/A|
|Time to build||Cost to build|
|so far, about 6 months||$0|
|URL for more information|
|PWcommBot is my first attempt at any project of this sort. While it lacks such sophistication as some of the other robots here, it has been a challenge to me. As you can see, it is grafted from an old PowerWheels vehicle. It is funny to watch it run around in the house as it more closely resembles a bull in a china closet.
So far, the only sensors it has are the bump whiskers on the front.
PowerWheels vehicle motors, gears, and other components (very sloppy!) Commodore64 Computer, modified to operate on 12VDC, otherwise unmodified. Tape Drive on board for field loading of software. Relays for motor drive control (inefficient, but cheap)
The biggest problem so far is the sloppiness of the PowerWheels drive train. By the time the program figures out it has hit something and stopped the motor, (EMF braking) the sloppy drivetrain has let it plow through what it bumped. The other was all the mods to make the C64 battery-friendly.
TIME TO BUILD
So far, $0. I have used nothing but salvaged and junk box parts.
Camera and RF video link.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at