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IR navigation beacons

There have been several previous blogs and forums on LMR concerning different methods of robot navigation and room recognition. I have decided to make some IR beacons for experimenting with.

My theory is that if each room has at least 3 beacons spaced around it then the robot can not only triangulate it's position within the room but also determine what angle it is facing. Each beacon sends out a different identification code. This allows the robot to know which room it is in.

i dont know what this LED is ... any ideas ?

ok i have a few of these LEDs and i dont know what they are for i think they might be IR LED, i have tried putting a power source through them from 3-9V and it does nothing. any ideas at all i have about 500 of these my friend gave me and not a clue what they do... 

Plays musical notes using a non-contact LED stylus.
This is 'Allura' - a small synthesiser I built as a platform to test out a few techniques for another project in progress. Read more

Super Brilliant Avoid Obstacle Strategies - Open Question

I have built a Bot with Arduino as MCU and wish to give it a life of its own.

Has anyone Created a "Super Brilliant" Strategy for avoiding obstacles ?.

So far my bot does this (rather On/Off control) :-

(1) When it detects an object Right it turns Left until the coast is clear and carries on with its original direction.

(2) When it detects an object Left it turns Right until coast is clear and carries on with its original direction.