Let's Make Robots!

another first robot


My first robot project, after fritsl's great tutorial, with my own ideas added on with what to do with it in the future, the ds's is showing a bit in the picture, as that is something I think of using as the brain, talking to the picaxe for movement and other things, or I'll just use a gba micro, with its already built in serialport :)

I think my crazy plans come mainly from being a programmer rather than an electrician, and having a job working with games (as an artist!), I'm intrigued by artificial intelligence and an entity moving around in an enviroment while collecting data and acting according it.

I'd like to do something like that, but having the real world as an enviroment.


up and down, left and right.

Have an idea that's slightly impractical, considering two sensors could be mounted on separate servos, but what if one sensor was mounted sideways on a servo, that was mounted on another servo, for a more full view for the robot, it would give the robot an interesting appearance though if it was looking up and down aswell when scanning around.




19-4-08: Almost there..


I noticed that the hardest thing wasn't actually learning all the new stuff, it was keeping everthing together without a skeleton, and the batteryslot differing slightly in surface and connectors from what I saw in the makerobot tutorial :), but.. I have improvised quite some and it is turning out nicely, clean solders and a solid structure!, now mounting the "eyes"!..



20-4-08: Dont fall apart!..


Everything is hold together with mountingtape, and I'm not sure its the best brand around, aswell as the surfaces not cooperating very well with my tape, and in many cases not being completely flat :D.

One thing I did was take two pieces of mountingtape, put one on one surface, apply pressure to make it stick as good as it can, and then the same on the other surface, then I rmove the protective paper on the tape and stick the two together for a bit better lasting connection.

Everything seems to be working out great though, and I'll soon have it up and running..

I updated the picture to better show what it looks like atm.

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fritsl's picture

Oh - all is in order then.

Please try perhaps to scale down your image then - sorry for the trouble, and thanks for showing us the robot, can hardly wait now!


/ Fritsl

It's mainly just robot guts all over a table, connected though, working in progress, nothing exciting :)


The picture I tried to submit couldn't have been bigger than 500x400 or so, but I'll try again when I get back from work. 

TheCowGod's picture
Ah, yeah, I had that happen when I tried uploading the full-res images straight from my camera. It seems to reject images that are too large. When I uploaded a smaller 800x600-size image, it worked. Maybe that's your problem?
TheCowGod's picture

Cool idea, using a portable game system as the controller for your robot. Should be interesting to see what you come up with.

As far as the photo, you can select that in the Primary Image section near the top of the robot edit page. You'll need to browse for a picture on your hard drive. Additional pictures can be linked from the web in the body of your entry, using the little icon of a picture of a tree.

And hey, if you're an artist, we could use your help. Frits was just talking recently about how we need a logo for the site... If you have any ideas and want to whip something up, it'd be very welcome :)


I'm not quite sure how to get an image up there :/