Meet My New Robot

I finished building my robot today. It was a comparatively quick build compared to RC and model kits I am used to making.

I will make a full post of the build and the technology behind it later but for now here is a video of me calibrating the servos that control the robots head.

I needed to find the right values in order to make sure the robot looks where I want it to.

The robot uses a Seeeduino which is an Arduino compatible controller board and has ultra sonic sensors for eyes.

A new project blending profession and hobby

I have always had an interest in robotics but never really gone out of my way to find myself a kit to get started. I recently thought about trying to build some sort of quad copter with A.I. but it could prove costly if the thing kept falling out of the sky or flew away.

Therefore I decided that a land robot would be preferable.

Here I have a kit I ordered from a robotics company I found in the back of a Linux magazine.

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It comes with a tracked chassis and all of the electronic components required to build and program a robot that will use ultra sonic sensors to scan its surroundings.

Its exciting as I will be able to write the A.I. for the robot and improve on it to make it more intelligent.

I also have the option of adding additional circuit boards to the robot to add functions such as light and sound.

I will not be using the Raspberry Pi with it right away but I do have the option of integrating it in the future if I need to expand its functions.