LMR Global Project
April 23, 2009
I know we have talked about this before, but I would like to get this going. I had an idea for a bot that I will likely never have the time to build msyelf. At least not for a couple years since it requires a lot of parts that I would have to figure out first and test. I would like to present that idea and find 3-5 other people who would like to work on a part of it and combine our efforts. We each post how to make our part and then we all share credit for the final project.
I would like to make a robot that lives in a 5 feet by 5 feet square surrounded by some sort of container (cardboard, wooden frame, etc) that is filled with colored wooden blocks.
The robot is placed in the container and has a webcam sending a wireless image to a PC that puts the image on a webserver that refreshes at a rate of 1-5 frames per second. The robot has a claw that can grab blocks and manipulate them up, down, backwards, forwards, etc. A person can control the robot using a GUI on the website near the image of what the bot is seeing. The user is encouraged to stack blocks as high as they can without tipping them over.
There is a time limit of approx 5 minutes where the next user in queue is given control of the robot and the previous user can either just watch, logout, or request to be put back into the queue. An estimate is given when it will be their turn again.
Like I said before I wouldn't be able to do this alone since the web integration, webcam, etc would be new to me and require a lot of research. I would like to focus on user friendlyness (is that a word!?!?) and making it as cheap as possible so other people can duplicate the project. Anyone want to try to collaborate on this? If so send me a message via the contact form with your name on LMR and which part you would be interested in. If I get a LOT of requests I will try to choose those who are the most active on LMR so there is a smaller chance of someone joining but not being able to finish or not participating.
Just an idea lets see where it goes!
Just saw thi son the front page. "We need a robot remote controlled over the Internet. Who can make it? The controls will be right here. Make one, and it will be featured at once!" I'm not sure if that was put there before I made this port or after, but either way what better than to have our bot control webpage here at LMR :)