Hooked up Neopixel ring lights and posting a video of it going through the different patterns.
The eyes can do 10 different patterns and 8 different colors. When not in "attract" mode, the patterns and colors are set using serial commands over usb from the host computer.
Update - 03/03/2014
More updates. Just recieved a pan-tilt system hand-machined by a friend. Thought some of you might be interested in photos of it, so I'm adding a bunch of different views. You can see the NeoPixel LED ring holders on the head now and the ultrasonic sensors on the front (positioning will change when second layer is added on). Also, I plan to cut the PVC pipe for the neck in half to aid with balance issues.
New images of the latest design of RT-01. Using only one section for the torso instead of two until the second layer is actually needed.
The RT Series robot will be a 5' tall robot. It uses two geartrains from a Power Wheels ride on toy, and two Parallax HB-25 motor controllers for motor control. An Arduino currently serves as an interface between the Acer One netbook (the same one on Geoffrey), and the motor control.
Eventually the RT-01 robot will be jam packed with processing power and sensors. Currently slated is.
- 1 Microsoft Kinect w/ depth sensor, RGB camera, and 4 microphones
- 4 other web cameras (2 in the eyes, 1 in the back, and one pointing down to the ground to track motion)
- 1 speaker unit (located in the "mouth" area
- 8 HC-SR04 Ultrasonic sensors
- An array of bump sensors (amount and kind tbd)
- 2 microphones located on the sides of the head.
For processing power.
- 1 - Intel 1.7 ghz processor with 2 gb RAM and 80 gb hdd
- 1 - Arduino Uno @ 16mhz
- 1 - Arduino Mega 2560
- 1 - Raspberry Pi
- 1- Dual Core Android Tablet @ 1.2 ghz
These processing systems will be connected together to provide modularity.
The system will be open source, and both the hardware and software process will be documented for replication.