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Hi guys, i've been reading about all of your amazing robots for months now so I thought it must be time to post something of my own. So here it is "Norm"  I brought the start here robot in January and loved it I finally got to build an actual robot. Since then I have been trying to upgrade him in various ways using this site for inspiration the main ones for this project being TheBromz for his excelent BigTrak project and MarkusB in how to make a arm from ABS.

After making the SH robot my fist thought was it could do with an upgrade in size and speed. After a lot of searching about for different chassis to buy or toys to hack I went with the new model BigTrak. I got one second hand for £15 and it couldn't have been easier to take apart and transfer the robot electronics to it took about an hour in total to get it running. Once it was up and runnig I had a lot of problems with the obstacle avoidance code due to it's increased speed and size took a long time to get sorted and it still occasionally gets stuck.

Next I added a photo-transistor to the front made myself a little IR beacon and taught the robot to find it, easier than i thought just reversing the avoidance code. 

After a few over ambitous and costly errors i decided on giving it an arm. Not too much drama here just a lot of hours cutting plastic and a couple of redesigns later and it kind of works, not the best looking arm in the world but it works. Got the arm made then had a lot of problems with the servos acting weird a jittery and generally not doing what they were told so recoded it after looking up lot of excellent advice on here and finally got it sorted. Now it dirves about fine and hits the bucket every time. Just have to find a way of getting it to come back to me and adding another battery back to improve the arm performance.

Sorry about the poor quality of the video and pictures promise i'll post some better ones soon.

Any questions please feel free to ask.

Thanks for reading.

My Start here robot

This is my start here robot before the transplant.

Mid transplant to the BigTrak body.

Not the best looking face in the world. The piece of plastic over the Photo-transistor is from a cd player over the remote control reciever, it acts as a daylight filter and still lets it see the IR beacon very handy and free.

Bucket with homing beacon in the background.

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You have made a good deal of progress from the SHR.

You mention that it is almost too fast to control. Have you considered PWM to adjust the speed when the sensors see something in front of the 'bot?

I would like to use PWM for speed control especially when it's in homing mode that's why it moves in little steps like that, but I couldn't kigure out PWM on the picaxe board that i'm using it seems to only work on pins that aren't connected to the motor driver. Not sure if i'm right on this and would love someone to correct me and point me in the right dirrection if i'm wrong.


That's cool. The things you can do with a Bigtrak. Thanks for the mention too.

I've also had troublw with the size and speed of the bigtrak. Any chance of seeing your code?

The Bromz

Of course you can have a look at the code, fair warning though it's very messy that's why i didn't post it at first. Should now be attached.   How is your Barktrak going haven't seen an update in a while?