18 Apr 2001 robodave   » (Journeyer)

Ok, here it is, just a few days before Roborama, and I've been dragging my feet getting something together. So over the past few days I've been putting a NEW robot together, instead of improving the old ones. The whole idea behind building a power booster was to give Robosnail a kick in the pants, a little more speed with a little less weight. But that's been sort of abandoned in favor of building a new one with (drumroll) Billy Bass motors! The platform is there (small sheet of plastic), battery is on the underside, motors with wheels mounted, little rear castor mounted, Homebrew Basic Stamp 2 mounted, IR sensor mounted. It feels pretty fragile, but it should work. Don't ya just love super glue, velcro, a few small bolts, and PC mounting standoffs? Need to solder leads to the motors to connect to the h-bridge (754410) to be mounted, get the cheap sonar circuit together (a few transistors and parts to drive a camera pull sonar board), check out the line sensors. And write a little code. How will left/right IR proximity detectors, left/right line sensors, and the not yet finished sonar work together? (may skip the sonar) How to make it look pretty instead of a mass of wires? (may just decide to frighten small children) Think I'll call it B-B- Bot maybe, at least until a better name comes to mind.

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