This would be the most advanced robot I have ever done. It's a humanoid robot based on arduino mega 2560. I created several functions like the attack mode which enables the IR sensor; and once you get close enough to it the robot will actually defend itself . The second mode offers to robot the ability to rotate depending on its position (distance reading through IR) .The default mode is the one which accepts data from the pc through serial communication.
GUI -----(writes a value to a txt file)---->Processing(reads every 10sec the value written) ---(sends command) -----> Arduino
I hope the text schema above is explicit enough :) .
I'm currently developing a MUCH better UI in Visual C++ which will replace the html/php one.
I first attempted to use only continous rotation servos but they seemed not to be precise enough so I switched to some standard servos (futaba s3003 servos ). I'm also thinking of getting the XBee shield for remote control. In my point of view, it would offer the robot a much higher ability to move around; the usb cable I currently use is not what many people call 'flexible'.
I used plexiglass for the body frame and some aluminum (got it from my broken pc power source) for the ankles and arms.
I'm absolutely open for new ideas and I'd like to hear some opinions!