Complexifying BOTtle


I didn’t feel so happy with this minimalistic chassis design so I felt the need to add some complexity to it. And because I am a 3D lover and because I have some spare time I decided to do what I never use to do: “think before act”. Oh, and the other thing that makes me want to do this is the fact that we have a CNC machine at Artica’s office. So althouth I love to build robots without thinking to much on how is it going to be, when there is a cutting machine evolved there is always the need of planning and design wich is a lot of fun as well!

This creature will be able to go in both directions, and for each direction it will have a diferent sensorial setup. On one front there will be an infra-red distance sensor mounted on a servo and two touch sensors to detect colisions. On the other front there will be a sonar distance sensor between two low-range infra-red sensors. This setup will need to use different programming methods for movement and for sensorial perception and will be fun to program.


The design is ready, now let the machine do its job.

Radar Simulator

Few days ago I started wondering how could I make a Radar Simulator with Processing.
I have already placed an ultrasound range finder on a servo motor and sent its data into the radar program, one video will be posted soon.

Now I want to have my wireless communication module setup complete and working on a robot, and I can have the sensor data being displayed on a screen as the robots move around the space. This will be a visual reference of the robot perception, it is also a good exercise of physical computing.

This applet simulates the sensor data through the Y mouse coordinate, have fun :]