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Offline spartyTopic starter

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making a robot from laptop parts...possible?
« on: July 30, 2011, 08:20:44 AM »
Hi,
I am new to this forum and I am really sorry if I've posted this in the wrong forum...replies would be very helpful

I've planned to make a dynamic path finding, obstacle avoiding robot, given the source and destination(s) coordinates, as my final year engineering project. I first decided on using the arduino mega 2560 micro controller and later realized that it's specifications may not be capable of running the algorithms that I will be using. A few days ago I came across this post in a forum,

http://www.ukrobotgroup.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_jfusion&Itemid=6&jfile=viewtopic.php&f=3&t=4

It's said that the robot has been built using an old dell laptop. Is it possible to build the robot under 250 $ ? Even if I do manage to build the robot how do I go about programming it?

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I have also read that two or more arduinos can be interfaced. If that's possible I can run the algorithms on different boards but I still assume that the robot will be very slow. I am an amateur in robotics and my project guide wants me to concentrate more on the programming part( my major's computer engineering) but I can only proceed if the hardware's in place. I have a couple of months to spend on building the hardware.

 

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Re: making a robot from laptop parts...possible?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011, 08:59:23 AM »
You're almost certainly not going to find usable motors or sensors in a laptop.  It sounds likes you're not too clear on the whole "process" (for lack of better description), so I would recommend that you look at SoR's $50 robot tutorial.  You might be able to build on what that tutorial's bot accomplishes to do what you need.

You'll probably need to describe your project better in order to get further answers... e.g.
-source and destination coordinates? How are you planning to implement this? encoders on the wheels to determine how far you've gone? (this can be challenging to do accurately)
-obstacle avoiding... via what method of detecting obstacles?
-Price depends largely on size of the robot.
-The link you posted used the laptop motherboard for controlling stuff... Maybe that's what you meant to ask in the thread title.
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Re: making a robot from laptop parts...possible?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 09:44:54 AM »
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The link you posted used the laptop motherboard for controlling stuff... Maybe that's what you meant to ask in the thread title.
. Yes, that's what I meant. I want to know if it's possible to build a robot using a laptop motherboard ( How can I change the topic here? ).

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It sounds likes you're not too clear on the whole "process" (for lack of better description)

yes, I am not clear on the whole process as I've only decided on what I am going to do and not how I am going to implement it ( got 8 more months to do that part)
 I'll look into that tutorial and thanks for your quick reply.


 


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