The details of the bot can be pieced together from these two links:http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=2171.0http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=2139.0
But in all, I am designing a group of aquatic robots.
The will act similar to a group of boats on the water - one boat will be the lead boat. The other boats will be drones. The Lead boat should be able to issue commands to the drone boats.
LEAD BOAT SHOULD:
+ Be able to be remotely controlled by the end user (me for now)
+ Be able to send commands to the drones (detailed below)
+ Be able to send some sort of signal to the drones to allow them to know their distance from the LEAD BOT (approximately)
DRONE BOAT SHOULD:
+ Should be able to follow the following basic commands from the LEAD BOAT
+ FOLLOW - Basically get to within 2 meter and follow the LEAD BOAT wherever it moves
+ STANDBY - Basically stop and hold still within a variable radius of the LEAD BOAT - if it drifts, move into range, and return to standby mode
+ SPREAD - Basically run a randomized route program within a variable radius of the LEAD BOAT
+ CONVERGE - Basically get as close as possible to the LEAD BOAT and hold position
+ Be able to change course if it bumps something
+ Be able to sense it's range from the LEAD BOAT
+ Be able to locate the LEAD BOAT and play a game of hot and cold to get back into a given range of the LEAD BOAT.
+ Have 2 other actuators to move a turret - and cause the boat to vibrate.
+ Be able to be interchangeable via a switch to say it is a LEAD BOAT or a DRONE
+ Be able to assign itself to a FLEET #1 - #6 with a switch (slide switch with 7 positions - 7 being off)
+ Allow up to 24 boats per FLEET (1 LEAD - 23 DRONES), can be less if necessary - no less than 12.
+ Transmit commands to LEAD BOATS (1-6)
+ Be no bigger than 3" wide x 5" long x 3/4" thick
+ Have a range of 300 feet min.
+ Speed requirements are roughly 1-2 Mph through water - and need to be somewhat weedless.
+ Temperatures from 0F to 100F
+ Wind from 0MPH to 20MPH
+ Lakes, Ponds, Marshes, etc. Small waves up to 12 inches.
+ Sunny, Cloudy, Snowing, Raining, Etc.
+ Rechargeable via 110V house hold
+ Hopefully sometype of splitter device to charge 6 Boats at the same time.
+ Run time of 12 hours fully charged - hopefully fully recharged in 12 hours.
+ Probably smaller than possible :-)
+ No bigger than the size of a large duck? maybe 8" wide x 6" tall (off the water) x 16" long
+ Cosmetic outer shell (no antennas or anything) - made of thin plastic
Hope this clarifies more.