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Vader Vibes

Starting this blog as a place for me to throw down my thoughts about options for my Service Droid, VADER:

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/39884

At times where I'm anxious to work on Vader but can't, atleast I can blog about it!  Right now is a good example: my 2 month old daughter is asleep in my arms. I may be having to type with one hand but the progress feels good!

First off, I'm considering a tweak to the acronym."Very Advanced" is a little over the top. Maybe "Virtually Advanced" or "Very Amateur".

Update march 30 2014 I've added a mini wide angle lens to my Raspberry Pi camera board. I managed to attach the lens to the camera board with a small piece of … Read more

Service Droid Wiring w/ 4 Channel Controller and Spider Controller

Been working on wiring up Vader (my Service Droid) using a Rover 5, Dagu 4 Channel Controller and Dagu Spider Controller.  Since I've never used this channel or these boards before I drafted a poor man's schematic in Powerpoint of what I think the wiring should be.  Would appreciate a peer review before implementing it. It's a little rough, but when cleaned up it could be useful to anybody else building a Service Droid kit as well.

 

A couple functions:1) Remote Control 2) Autonomous avoidance 3) Autonomous object retrieval (hopefully)
Using a
This is my Service Droid. Meet VADER,  the Very Advanced Droid Exploration Robot. Ok, I admit it, the name is a stretch but it was fun to come up with.  Everyone … Read more

Sid, the clumsy housekeeper

You know I bought a Service Droid from Dagu, right? I wrote about assembling the kit here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/39518

December 15, 2013.

What "Brain" should I chose for my robot?

I am considering a more advanced  "brain" for my Service Droid robot. I know I could use the computer to do all the advanced computing and relay commands to the robot, but if possible, I would like to have an integrated system. So far, I see 3 variants:

1. Raspberry Pi + webcam (+ screen?)
2. Android phone with integrated front camera
3. Android tablet (4.3" screen) + OTG adapter + webcam

Getting ready for the service droid :)

So I've ordered the Dagu service droid :) http://letsmakerobots.com/node/38776

I'm getting the service droid with a Rover 5 (4 motors/encoders), 4 channel motor controller and Dagu Red Back Spider.

I already have a Rover 5 with 4 motors on which I use the 4 channel motor controller and Red Back Spider. I'm powering everything from a 2S Lipo (3000mAh). You can see it here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/31410 or on my blog: http://www.bajdi.com/category/rover-5/

On my current Rover 5 the 2S Lipo feeds 3 devices: