IR Distance Sensor Placement
September 27, 2008
I have now upgraded to a total of 4 Sharp IR distance sensors on a single robot (in addiition to a sonar sensor in the middle on a servo). I want this bot to drive entirely off the IR sensors leaving the sonar to simply find "interesting" things to drive toward. In the past, using only 2, I have tried many different placements... I have tried:
One on each corner, shooting straight forward
From the middle shooting out to the corners
On each corner shooting to the opposite corner (crossfire)
I have tried all of these positions moving the sensors forward and back from the front edge.
Now that I have 4 sensors to play with, it adds many more possibilities and with more or less success with the positions described above, I am a little stuck on what would be the best placement. In addition, I am a little anti-double-stick-tape on this robot... I am sorta "hard-mounting" the sensors on brackets and really want to get the placement close to right on the first try.
Does anyone have any solid ideas or experience to help me brainstorm this one?
Thanks and Word to ya Motha!