Ive built like 30+ robots in the last 5.5 years since my first . . . but only a 3rd are actually documented . . .
It will probably take another year before I get them all up, but I did however manage to compile some videos of a few of them.
Me and a friend built this remote controlled robot
out of lexan in just a few hours back in early 2003.
It was designed to play soccer, but since I lived in Pittsburgh at the time there was also plenty of snow to shovel . . .
Our task was to program two Scout robots to work autonomously as a team in a maze to gather blue objects from the walls.
The videos are from the Mobile Robot Programming Laboratory (taught by Prof Illah Nourbakhsh) competition in December of 2003. Team Pikachu won!
Apologies for the short cuts, digital cameras werent so great back then . . .
Created in May of 2004, my goal of this project was to build a robot that can do realtime 2D mapping accurately while going insanely fast.
It uses two Sharp IR rangefinders on a scanning servo to generate a 2D map using a PIC16F877.
In the last scene, you will hear the really loud DC motors on the treaded chassis. I didnt realize it at the time, but the reason it kept spinning clockwise was because a sensor had a loose connection making it work only sometimes. Despite the bad sensor data, it still had zero collisions!