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Atomyk-x |-| The Firefighter Robot

It Navigates around via ultrasounds, It "Firefights" the fire (a candle ;) ), Avoid Objects
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Initial Post - 24/02/2009:


This is a Firefighter Robot, (note that the cointaner of water is a old cointainer of pills):


Wich is not completed, it needs a infrared sensor that will enable the "bomb of water", that is a jet of water from a car (here we can also detect a connecting pole wich is to programme the robot ;) ):


But, before I go further, this robot uses a Picaxe 40x:

 Custom Picaxe 40x

It uses a  LM293D to control the motors, (all the printed circuit boards are made at home), to moves itself it uses tracks wich I improve adherence with tape...




As actuators/output devices it has 2 servomotors (Futaba S3001) changed to DC and to 360º (so now they're normal motors), a servomotor used as a servo to rotate the SRF005, a water pump that jets water ;), and that's it about actuators...



As a CPU it has a Picaxe 40x, wich is connected: to a LM293D to coordenate the two motors; and with the control of the water pump; And this makes the Operative System of Atomyk-x...  

As Power Source it has two 9,6v 2000Mah (Racing Pack) connected in parallel to feed the motors, two square 9v standard rechargeable batteries connected in parallel to feed the Picaxe and the sensors, and more two square 9v standard rechargeable batteries connected in series to feed the water pump...

The Programming Language is Picaxe Basic...

As sensors/input devices it has two SRF005 sonars to navigate, a S320115 follower of lines to detect and follow lines (this one is not applied yet)...


 Here is its "control panel", with one on/off switch, one green button for start, and one red one for stop/reset, and connecting poles to recharge all the batteries:

Control Panel

The target environment for this firefighter is indoor, but it can also navigate outdoor in not a highly rough environment...

Here I leave some videos that can show the potential of this robot, I really enjoyed his construction...

I'm having some problems with is programming, when it has been done I will update this post, and show to you new videos...

I leave here also his programme, if anybody can help me, I would be very grateful to that person, this robot will go to a competition in June, on IPG (Instituto Superior Técnico da Guarda in Portugal), and so here I leave also the website of this competition: http://robobombeiro.ipg.pt/

In this website is a highly detailed arena, and the navigation should be applied to that arena:


If someone can help me, I would be very grateful....

Note: Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures/videos....


UPDATE - 25/02/2009:

 So in order to fullfill the request of OddBot, here are two new videos of Atomyk-x |-| The Firefighter Robot squierting water, and fighting the fire:


  •  Video 1 - Atomyk-x extinguishing a fire:



  • Video 2 - Explanation about the mechanism that has extinguished the fire:



I hope you have enjoyed this two new videos as much as I do!!!... ;) -> Bye...




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Interesting robot. I`d like to say "lizards" is far cooler than "tracks" or "treads" will ever be.

How are you going to detect the flame? You could try a couple of thermisters on the bot to monitor overall temperature change. It would give you a good idea of when you enter the general area of the flame. I experimented with putting a black paper shroud around a thermister once. The ADC reading would steadily rise after putting my hand about 20cm in front of it. An actual flame should give a much more solid and responsive reading.

Or you could plop down the money for a heat sensing array.

Thanks for the correction, and I don't need to detect the flame, because belows the candle there is a white circle, and that circle will be detected by the infrared sensor, so problem resolved...Thnks for the opinion...
Do you like my robot???

It seems like the tracks work very well... lol

I wanna see it cool down your desk ablaze... :D that would be freaking cool...

I just wanna see it fight some fires. And WTF costs $643.299??? Seems like this guys would cost $175 at max... unless it is not USD or something.

I WANNA SEE IT PUT OUT FIRES!. Another cool idea is a robot that starts the fires. I shall call him "FIRE STARTER"! muhahahahaha! lol :P

Good job so far though.  

I will think in the idea of a new robot that starts fire.... ;)

I put the money in the: http://www.xe.com/ucc/po/ and that's the value, it costs to  me about 450€...

Really awesome robot, excellent work. Has it been in a fire fighting competitoin yet? Which class are you trying for? Looks like a great competitor, hope it does well.
No it will be in June, it will try for the standard class, and yeah I really hope it does very well....

do you connect batteries in parallel?

i think it's not a good practice...

Yes, I connected them, but why it's not a good practice, and what's the solution for having a stronger duration for the batteries, if not connecting in parallel?

i tought there could be selfdischarge between the tow pack

expecially if there is a difference in cell health

but probably i am wrong because google shows manny result about this setup