Roam-Bot, A Bot On His Own

Roam-Bot, A Bot On His Own

When I first saw Roam-bot I thought he was pretty cool. He talked (at this time we had no talking robots) and he had a aluminum box that hides all of his wires. He was neat, and could go by himself using ping sonar.

When you first turned him on he says “Ready, roger, roger, find best direction” in a deep voice then turns his head to each side saying the number of inches until an object. He says “_ inches, _inches, _ inches” Then goes the direction in which there is the most amount of inches. Now that’s pretty awesome!

We ran into a problem when we came to the point were we needed a caster. No sizes fit his front. While waiting for different sizes to be delivered, we temporally put on a furniture felt pad on so we could still play with him. It worked great! Still none of the sizes fit, so it became permanent. He now can only go on wood floors, but thats okay because we have lots of it!

Roaming Robot

Roaming Robot – Top View

Roaming Robot – Front View

Mini Flying Drone

Mini Flying Drone

After building our first Arduino-based flying drone robot, we decided to take what we learned and build a tiny quadrotor that was safe to fly indoors and out. We used the same electronics, but built the frame out of ABS sheet and kite parts. This little robot, which we call the Black Hornet, is about 7″ across between the props.  He’s great fun to fly day or night (he’s equipped with two arrays of cool blue LEDs), and definitely sounds like a huge hornet.

The Black Hornet mini drone

The Mini Flying Drone has since been upgraded with an all new frame design based on a sandwich of three custom-made carbon fiber plates and four carbon fiber square shafts.

Workshop Blog post on recent upgrade

Technical Specifics

See Flying Drone Robot page for details
Special Thanks to Jose Julio at DIY Drones for his knowledge and inspirational posting.

Our Smallest Robots

Our Smallest Robots

We made these tiny-bots from the small, spare parts of their older brothers. Though not as high-tech as the larger ones, these little guys defiantly beat the record of being the smallest by a long shot. Their size makes it easy to put them in boxes and bring them to school to share with my classmates and tell them a bit about  breadboards and Arduinos, soldering and heatshrinks and all of the others. These robots include Sonar obstacle detection, roaming navigation, as well as Remote Control (RC).

I.C. 1-2-3 (Photo Credit: Camille)


Fetch – Photo Credit: Camille