Icebox Robot (coolerbot?)
Unfortunately, this is the amount of documentation I have left of this project. It was a robot constructed from a thrown away icebox cooler. It ran windows 98 on a donated 75 mhz pentium. Since windows 98 was still dos at heart you could still use outb & inb functions. Now, I use Linux exclusively. It had wireless, so one day I left it at work and tele-operated it from my home. I used net-meeting to see where it was and a mic to scare co-workers into submission. bwah ha ha ha.
4 motors on the robot, steering, power, camera up/down, camera arm swivel. This only took 8 bits off the parallel port. If you look close you can see a wicked car speaker. It was like a PA system. I could hear, talk and see my terrified co-workers. Notice the black motor sticking up from the base behind the speaker. Its a cordless drill wired to the battery, controled by the parallel port.
Unfortunately, after all the electronics, motors and other crud was crammed in - there was no room for beer.