I have figured out Walter's trailer...
November 18, 2008
Well as we all know, the basic drive system of Walter is now done and the whole family has taken turns riding it... Now I am on to trying to figure out what I want it to look like, do and all the features. One issue I have run into, is the dual-purpose nature of this bot. What I mean is that I really dig the fact it is powerful enough to move people around but I also want a nice, big deck for a lot of circuit boards, an arm, sensors, a proper head and batteries. Now, of course the trailer idea was thrown out... But how the hell do you attach a trailer to something that can spin on it's center? Oh yeah, 1980's technology to the rescue... You just mount the hitch on the center-line of the 'bot between the wheels!! I will have to use a pretty high pivot-point to clear all the stuff mounted to the "deck" but indeed, I have my solution. --Check out this video, it should bring some of you back and give others some ideas. --For me, it means bicycle wheels and more welding!! W00T!!
(Oh, I think I'll skip the part (in the video) where the trailer dumps the kids out the back)