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Refurbishing Robot


The missing parts to the TECHNOROBOT kit that I got at the explOratorium during the Stanford EPGY AI Program in 2008 have been found! This robot has been transformed many times, the first as an idea/prototype for an emotional line following robot, then a snowplow, and now it will be an XBee messenger robot!

Refurbishing it was OK, it only took 4 hours. The only thing that was drastically broken was the drive axel. To fix it, I used some Lego axels. :)

The robot now uses an Arduino, and is powered off of USB. The motor is driven with the Adafruit Motor Shield (I plan to add more motors to the robot someday). The motor is powered from an Adafruit mintyboost.

I broadcasted the refurbishment to the Fat Man and Circuit Girl stream, AND took a photo every 5 seconds! You can see the HD timelapse on Vimeo! 😀

The next steps for this robot is rather short:

  • Make a battery pack for the Arduino
  • Attach XBee
  • Mount an ultrasonic sensor, program a simple behaviour
  • Transmit messages, listen to messages

Can’t wait to blog more about it! 😀

3 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • jswanson

    6 years ago

    I’m digging the project. My time lapse would (unfortunately or not) have quite a number of beer drinks involved…not very professional, I suppose. I still haven’t picked up the motor shield, but that is high on my wish list. I need to figure out how to implement my ethernet shield with anything blog-worthy. Keep up the good work!

  • friv

    4 months ago

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate it.

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