built by Jeff Bloomquist

Target Environment Locomotion Method
Indoors Treads
Sensors / Input Devices Actuators / Output Devices
Color CCD camera DC Motors
Control Method Power Source
Radio/Control Battery
CPU Type Operating System
BASIC Stamp None
Programming Lanuage Weight
Time to build Cost to build
One Year $1000
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This is my first attempt at a robot. My friend Mike at work has helped me along the way offering technical support and a lot of robot experience. For some reason my girlfriend doesn't speak so highly of him.

It started out with lawn mower wheels like most others I have seen. I have always liked tracks so I went for it. I got some machine belts from my brother and rivited aluminum channel to them. I made the wheels out of PVC with turned down casters inside. I used a Stamp II for control and recently encorporated the Parallax 303MHz RF modules. In the front of the robot there is a color Panasonic board camera with a Radio Shack wireless audio/video transmitter. I can control the robot from my serial port with a Visual Basic program I wrote and view the video through a Connectix Quick Clip. I also set up another computer to be a dial up server so I can call it from somewhere else using a laptop. I use Netmeeting to view the video and can control it over the dial up connection with another Visual Basic program.

I would say I probably have a thousand dollars or so in it total. Upgrades have been made along the way. I used to use a modem, an inverter, and a 24VAC Camera. It worked well but only lasted about 20 minutes.

I have been messing around with it for about a year or so. I am always trying to make it better and am sort of hesitant to start another one fearing that this one may get used for parts.


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