My son named this guy Big WALL-E in comparison to the smaller Interaction model he aptly named Little WALL-E...
Big WALL-E began life as a U-Command model and he (and his unfortunate owner) apparently spent a great deal of time over the past few years in some sort of second-hand smoker's Nirvana; yet I saw no mention of it on his eBay listing. At any rate, he was cheap and he dried out after a few months so it all worked out. Although it did take some time convincing a 5 year-old that Big WALL-E was destined for greater things and that playing with him while he was still oozing nicotine was a recipe for asthmatic disaster.
Here are a few pics of his progress...
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I saw you mounted a sharp distance sensor on a servo. The latest ARC has an automatic object avoidance mode setting in the Sharp IR Radar Control. I will release it right now for you to use. But a warning, I do not have a robot with a sharp IR Sensor with me on this trip to test with. I do know the Ultrasonic Ping version works flawlessly, but I can not guarantee the sharp IR version works, yet.
If you wanted to try it and let me know. Otherwise, I'll be able to test it when I get home
Again, awesome modification!
Certainly post the latest ARC version... But before I can turn anybody loose I need to come up with some form of boundary/edge detection since I live on the 3rd floor and I don't want anyone tumbling down the stairs. Any ideas?
I'm planning to use a QRD1114 IR Detector which can be used for line detection and no contact surface detection. These have an effective range of 6mm (1/4") check out DJ's Omnibot build pages on this site
Bildr.blog page with circuit
I'm going to try this circuit tomorrow using one ADC port of the EZ-B Board
During initialization, i get the value of the IR sensor. If the value changes within a determined percentage, I backup and turn around. This helps for both raised and lowered surfaces
Thanks again for the comments. I spend a lot of time working out solutions that won't compromise the toy look of the exterior (5 year-olds can be demanding). I don't use glue so all the pieces come apart by removing a few well-placed screws, making it easy to upgrade and reconfigure down the road. That being said, I'm definitely more of a hardware guy so I'll need all the help I can get when it comes to programming!
check this page out
I've just been trying out the new features in the latest build its going to open up loads more possibilities awesome stuff DJ
The Radar Scanner contains automatic collision detection also. The "Collision Detection Control" merely stops the robot, and does not turn. The Radar Scanner will actually turn your robot for you
One of the things I like to do, is not be autonomous all of the time. I like to put some randomness in there so the robot goes, and stops. Adding a Radar Control with Collision Enabled (in the config window). Also check "Only scan moving forward".
Then make a script control and put this in it...
Then if you want your robot to randomly turn around and not just bounce off things, put this in a second script control.
I have been working on a Wii Remote Control for ARC. It will work similar to the Joystick control. Where you assign servos or motion to the axis and scripts to buttons.
I have most of the code done (i think). But I do not have a Wii Remote to test with while i'm on the road. I'll be able to test and release the code when I return to Calgary next week
Whats your veiw on hacking a Wii remote and using the camera in a robot for navigation or other stuff. The Wii bar thingy is just infra red LED's.
This quote from instructables
"The Wii IR camera is a beautiful thing. It has an integrated processor which outputs the X and Y positions and size of the 4 brightest IR points that is sees. This can be very useful for tracking in robotics or human interfaces" also there is a speaker and accelerometer
Looks like the camera uses I2C
please google or ebay search for wiichuck adapter for arduino, or "wiichuck arduino"
for $8 you plug this little adapter into the wii cord without cutting it, and it fits in the arduino. it may fit in ez-b just as easliy, not sure. anyway, this is just so you can use a wii joystick
creativita, i went to a "family dollar" store, its like dollar general here in usa.
i bought a wii remote for only $8
of course it was probably a chinese replica, but o well