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Adventures In Robots: Robot #2 Bert the Bling Bot

Now that robot #1 is almost complete, (Ajax Harbinger of the Robot Apocalypse, robot entry coming soon), I have begun to plan out robot #2.

Robot #2 will be named "Bert the Bling Bot".  The goal of course is for Bert to be bigger and better than robot #1.  To that end Bert has the following requirements/goals.

Adventures in Robotics, Numbers count

Today I was busy trying to interface an infrared detector to a PICAXE 28X1 on a project board.  My goal is to integrate this into my first robot, Ajax, so he can receive commands from an TV remote control.

The PICAXE documentation shows the 3 pins on the dectector wired to a a couple of resistors and a single capacitor, how hard could it be?

Two hours, later I am getting nothing on input pin0 at all.  Zero, Zilch, Nada.  Nothing.

The irin command never seems to return even though I give it a timeout value and a label to goto on an error.

Robot Musings: Robotic Complexity Rating (RCR)

I have been thinking for a while about how one might rate a robot for its level of complexity or sophistication, perhaps assigning it a number or code that classifies it based on its advancement.  If they can assign colors bands to resistors, there should be some way to rate a robot as well.

Robot Musings: Robot Tricks

Many of the robot references I have read, recommend that you decide what functions your robot will perform as you start the design process.  This makes sense, as the robot's functions will determine what sensors, actuators and other parts, you must build into it, so it can complete its mission.

Many robots fall short of public expectations.  I think this is because many of the desired functions are too complex.  Anything that requires object recognition and manipulation is a very difficult task at this stage of robot evolution.

Robotic Musings


I have had a lot of stray robotic thoughts running through my head lately and I thought I would share some of them, so I created this blog.

Anyone who might be new to LMR should not mistake me for someone who actually knows what they are talking about.  I am new to robotics and am currently working on my first robot project.