Let's Make Robots!

LMR Global Project - Idea Phase

This thread will allow the build team of Jklug80, rik, Calculon320, slick, Edgee, CaptainTune and robologist to start working on the project and figure out what it is, what it will do and how to build it.

Currently the goal is to decide what the project is (what jklug80 proposed or something else), then we need a name for the robot, then we need a name for the group of 7 who are working on the project. We need a list of desired features, a list of REQUIRED features, and who will do what. LETS GET STARTED!

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we could build a bot to brainstorm

 

I do hope people are getting my british sense of humor and not just assuming im a mong.  

How exclusive is this club? I didn't get the memo. Is it because my new deodorant isn't working as well as teh old one?
I was surprised when you didn't reply in the previous "who wants to" post. Feel free to join in. We are still trying to nail down WHAT the project is before we get into the HOW to do it.
I for one, welcome our new web robot conspirator, even as smelly as he is! How about it jklug80 ?!?
The memo was here, Boa. And contributions are always welcome.
I think we should start building up a basic robot following jklug's rules. As we build it more ideas may come.
I was hoping we could come up with 3 or 4 pieces so each person had somethign to work on them we combine. 1 person builds a base, 1 person build a claw that can go up down and maybe out and in, someone else builds a charging station, etc
Should we talk about/suggest different parts to work with?

NEED - Webcam - another group has discussed the use of webcams for a form of telepresence, as in the camera is on the robot as it is driven. The consesus of their research was that a Trendnet wireless TV-IP110W was a reasonable price to performance cam. It would appear as it's own node on a home 802.11g network. Alternatively, a wired cam could simply provide an overview of the area the robot operates in rather than a viewpoint from the robot. Another possible is a cheap wireless security cam that would require video capture from a whatever PC is doing the web service. This was an option abandoned due to interference experienced in the other group.

WANT - recharging - stages : first select power source to know what to charge, then come up with charger for that source, then how to find charger, then how to connect to charger.  Possible 4 AA NiMh pack, using an IC (Maxim) based charger, located by IR (40kHz modulated) beacon on charger/detectors (PNA4602) for aiming on robot, using 2 conductor pole at charger, and 2 spring ring contacts on robot

NEED - object manipulation - possible re-use of Fritzs arm robot idea (3 servos) ? Make a bobcat like scoop (1 - 2 servos)?  Stick one of these on top (too complex)?

NEED - obstacle avoidance - add some GP2D12s front and rear, or short range, PNA4602 and IR LEDs.

$150 for a wireless webcam is a bit expensive. I have one of these that I would like to try. I'm sure the framerate will be slower, but it could be a cheaper alternative. I'll see how fast or slow it looks when it is sent to a PC and then broadcast live. We could also make it an adventure and use a cheap USB webcam and make it wireless ourselves. Would be another good project ;)

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Wireless-Color-CCTV-Pinhole-Camera-SPY-Cam_W0QQitemZ320366975034QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a975c183a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A570|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1307|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

Awesome, that's $10 cheaper than the wireless security cam found above. That Trendnet cam is usually $100 on Amazon, but sometimes drops to $60 or so inexplicably. Still much higher.

Do you have some sort of video capture to use the Ebay cam? Does it have sound?