Melvin, the Black Drum machine - TERMINATED -
Directly inspired by the Yellow Drum Machine, this is my first venture into robotics. Cobbled together with copious amounts of hot-glue, Melvin shall arise from mechanical parts and give birth to the most kickass drummer in the world.
Or at least, that is the plan. For what Melvin lacks in charisma, he shall make up for in SPEED. Drumming speed at least, he moves as slow as a turtle now.
Still a work in progress. I need to get him to intercept potential targets, and program some drumroutines, but I already have the functions to actuate like moveMotor(FORWARD); and the like
I got melvin to find an object and intercept it and proceed to bang on it. My job is done. once I get inspired for my next robot, I will dissassemble melvin (thanks to hot glue) and he will live on in future creations.
REVIEW of solarbotics gearmotors assemble yread things. For $40, I am unimpressed really. I had expected more speed. The torque was fine. Just off of 5 volts... I don't believe they are rated for 12 (they aren't).
Next time, oh boy... I need reduction gears at least. I don't know about metal but this nylon seems a bit...breaky, more on that later. Wheels man, nice fat wheels. Or a good set of treads, ones of which i have yet to see to my liking.
Breaky nylon? Well those pager motor type deals used on the orig. YDM to swing sticks are ok. At $10 each though... The motor is $1, is that a $9 gearbox I'm getting? Speaking of the gears: One of the teeth broke. I can not manually move the actuator. It works, yes. It will swing back and forth but I was dissapointed.
Robotics is more expensive than I had thought it would be but it sure is a nice change of pace after building audio circuits.