Let's Make Robots!

Why not make a Big Trak type robot?

It occurred to me, I haven't seen anyone make a Big Trak clone lately.  For those who don't know, Big Trak was a Milton Bradley's toy in 1979-80 that was recently brought back.  It was a truck that could be programmed to Move Forward a certain number of "units" (about 13 inches), Stop and Wait a certain number of seconds, Turn left or right a certain number of degrees (but, you had to test it on each type of flooring), Fire a laser gun, dump out stuff in a trailer, etc.

Should be able to roam around my house, respond to loud sounds with a ear perk, answer questions like "What's the temperature?", augment home security, deliver voice messages, be an awesome robot and win me some prize money from somewhere.
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Switching to Arduino

I was a basic stamp2 guy, I planned on using the Propeller for my next big robot, but instead of learning spin, I might as well learn whatever arduino uses, besides Arduinos have ADC's which I need and are fully compatible with Pixy, which I already bought. Question, what's the best (or really good) arduino for Phydo: http://letsmakerobots.com/robot/project/phydo-0 (Large, at least 6 servos, plus dc motors, at least 8 adc, tons of I/O, voice, speech, vision, etc) I was thinking Mega 2560 R3, (but not if it's going to be obsolete next month which usually happens to me) Should

Battery packs and power distribution

Before I ever started with robotics, I read Gordom Mccombs' book Robot Bonanza.  He said it's best to use two battery packs, one for the drive motors and one for the microprocessor .  And I built all of my robots like that.  But I'm wondering if that's what everybody else does?

How to (Get a Robot to) Boil an Egg

Here's an idea for a breakfast making robot I've been kicking around lately.

First, keep 2 eggs in a small metal basket in the refrigerator.

The robot fetches the eggs - (either keep the basket in the same spot or use a vision system (like pixy) to find the basket).  Opening and closing the frig is a pain.  Unless the frig opens itself up by remote?

The robot places the basket of eggs inside a pot that's already on the stove.

It adds water to the pot with an on board pump and reservoir

Pixy- cmucam5

Just got it.  

I plugged in the usb and it couldn't find drivers for it.  

Just figured out how to take the lens cap off.  

I could sure use a manual.


Robot ATV?

Does anyone else want to make a robot out of an ATV?  How hard can it be?  GPS, Laser Range Finder, sonar, compass, etc- they're all off-the-shelf-parts nowadays.

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