Let's Make Robots!

Robot A.I. idea for non neural network approach.

In this Blog I am simply gethering my thoughs in preperation for a long term project. Hopefully some programming Guru's will post some good ideas. Maybe it will inspire someone else. I am just one nueron in the huge brain of humanity.

Personal History
When I was 12, I taught myself to program in GW basic on an IBM clone that ran at 8MHz with monochrome, text only graphics and a 5¼inch floppy disk drive. At that time I wanted to write an artificial inteligence.

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.

Maker's Faire - ShenZhen China

This was the first Makers Faire where I got to go with ChopSticks!

It was the first Makers Faire ever to be held in China so as you might expect it was not the huge spectacle that the American faires are. Eric Pan, who is the CEO of Seed Studios and currently sponsering LMR did a great job in organising this event.

Building a new controller - fun and games

Friday 27th January, 2012
This blog is a an ongoing list of my thoughts, as I attempts to create a library for the Micro Magician. It is boring and should not be read by anyone :p

 

As some of you may already know, I am designing a new Arduino compatible controller for small robots. One problem with small robots is limited space. This makes sheilds, motor controllers and wires difficult to fit. For this reason I tried to incorporate a few useful devices onto a controller while keeping the cost low.

New DAGU products for 2012

Well 2012 is off to a great start with a brand new Arduino compatible controller, A car controlled by your phone and a robot arm with teaching pendant from DAGU.

The Micro Magician is designed for small robots running on low voltage batteries. The controller works on voltages from 3.6V to 9V.The heart of the controller is an ATmega168 running on 3.3V with an 8MHz clock. Check out the great new features!

OddBot marries the beautiful Li Si Ling

It seems in China you must travel to the brides birth city (or a city nearby her birthplace where they keep the documents) to be officially married. 3pm Sunday afternoon we were on our way!

We had to travel 5 hours by bus from ZhongShan to XingNing to get my step sons passport. The bus had beds for the long trip which was great for small Chinese and children. Not so good for a 135Kg Aussie!

Chopstick's return from Makers Faire

Chopsticks arrived back at DAGU today in good condition. Andrew did a great job and even sent me a cool "T" shirt! LMR logo is on the back.

Well done Andrew!

 

DAGU product support - Manuals

G'day everyone,

I have been designing products for DAGU for over 2 years now and have always tried to provide product support here on LMR. One problem I have had is that sometimes the manuals are too big to upload.

If you have any problems with these kits then you should ask questions in the component section. I answer questions there so that others with similar problems can look for answers.

The components on LMR are here:

Universal recharge, navigation and mapping system

WARNING! this blog is just my thoughts on the subject and may be prone to rambling, monologs and contradictions.

I want to develop a universal navigation system for my robots. By universal I mean that the same code should work on almost any robot with only minor modification to allow for I/O pins used and number / type of sensors. This code is being written for the Arduino but I will document the code well enough that it can be easily adapted for other processors.

 

Theory Stage:

China 2010

21-5-2010

A few things have happened this last month. I meet Xiao Yue (Little Moon) about a month before I went to Australia. She can't speak much English and my Chinese is still very bad but she seems to like me anyway.

This was taken on her birthday. There was a bit of a food fight with the cake so we ended up with cream on our faces.