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In the comments below give us your Robot with Wheels Project ideas!
The theme this month is Robots with Wheels and the idea comes from koudelad. Several members such as ninjatrent , rpbruiser , and .jomoenginer also expressed interest in doing a competition around robotics so this should get plenty of you excited.
It could be a simple mobile robot that drives on the floor or in the garden and helps with some everyday activity.
Building your own robot is a great way to learn about electronics and computer programming. The easiest way to build your own robot from wheels is to start with a kit. For those more advanced, you can use your engineering experience to allow robots with wheels unlimited complexity.
So, if for example, you make something like this:
We'd like to know the steps you took to create this wonderful machine.
Or you could hack your own robots like Ben, Karen, and Felix:
Robots mimic animate life and has equivalent components to the following:
- A body
- A muscle system to move the body
- A sensory system to receive input from the body and the surrounding environment
- A power source to activate the muscles and sensors
- A brain system to process sensory data and tell muscles what to do
A robot with wheels is different from a car, because it has not only a moveable body, it has a computer to act as a "brain" for the rest of the system. While most cars have computers in them now, they rely on humans to think for them. Even if you go by this definition, it does appear that cars are edging closer to what can be considered a robot, but are not quite there yet. As sensor technology in cars continue to advance, as AI continues to evolve, we move closer to one day having the car we always dreamed of:
In order to move its body, the robot requires an actuator. Examples of actuators a robot can use are electric motors (such as a DC motor) and solenoids. A robot can use all types of actuators but the actuators will have to be driven by a source of power, such as a battery pack.
Actuators are wired to an electrical circuit and this powers electrical motors and solenoids directly. The "brains" of the robot is the computer and it controls everything attached to the circuit. To make the robot move, the computer switches on all the necessary motors and valves.
Sensors found in robots include photoresistors used for light or as a proximity sensor, microphones used for sound, temperature sensors, contact sensors, infrared transceivers, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and voltage sensors.
The term robot comes from the Czech word robota, generally translated to "forced labor". You can create a simple wheeled robot using a microcontroller such as an Arduino, servos, breadboard, wheels, sensors, a battery pack, and programming.
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Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.
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Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.
Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month. You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.
Be sure to include video proof of your project!
You have until May 14th, 12:00 AM CDT to submit your completed project!
A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!
Give Us Your Robots with Wheels Ideas in the Comments Below!