The Western Canadian Robot
Games begin today and run through Saturday at the Southern Alberta Institute of
Technology. The annual competition of BEAM robots is held
conjuntion with the Western Canadian event. Also on Saturday is the University of Florida Micro
Air Vehicle Competition, a new event in which flying surveillance
robots compete to be the smallest in size. And the last event this
weekend is the RI/SME
Student Robotics Challenge in PIttsburgh, PA.
I was looking on ebay and saw a four prop RC craft that looked pretty cool for hacking into a robot
base. It was too expensive, though. It was > $360 on ebay and > $650 on their site. I'm sure a lot of it had to do with the RC part of it
encoding and decoding. If one were to make a simiar rig like 4 props with a pic and 4 n-channel-mosfets, and a tiny camera, I wonder
how hard that would be to make that aerial contest mentioned in the article. Sounds really cool. The craft was called the dragonfly. Here's the ebay item. and RCBlimps sells the Dragan Flyer. No
I'm not associated with them. What grabbed me was the simplicity of the navigation. All you have to do is speed up one side and slow
the other side down so that the upward propultion is the same only the direction changes. It's probably simpler than it looks. I wonder
how hard it would be to work out tilt sensors and such and keep the weight down. I'll bet there's probably a cheaper model than the
dragon flyer yet a similar model out there.