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First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« on: October 22, 2007, 09:31:27 AM »
Hi all,

I am currently a university student and I have decided to undertake a robotics project for my course this year. Where to start huh . . . Well the details would be good. Here they are:

1, I need to build a robot that can have moving arms (and if possible even walk).
2, It needs to be able to react to certain types of movements or colours (Visual receptors)
3, It needs to be able to recognise a voice (Voice recognition)
4, Has to have the ability to complete a set of targets (i.e. Teach a child how to do the 3times table)
5, It needs to be lightweight
6, Having a moving mouth/face would gain me extra marks
5, Some form of AI would gain me even more extra marks

So where to start??  :o

Please help me,
Thank you,
John
« Last Edit: October 22, 2007, 09:32:18 AM by jrheeder »

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Re: First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007, 10:20:32 AM »
Whoa, that is a project not so easy to do for a starter...

So, what is your experience in the fields of mechanics, electronics and programming?

If you are a beginner, I sugest to get a Lego Mindstorms kit as it is verry suitable to build any kind of projects. The set has building instructions for a biped robot. You can add the moving mouth and if you study the I2C interface, you can add a voice recognition kit, a CMUcam or AVRcam, an I2C servo controller and much more. The NXT controller has an ARM7 32 bit microcontroller that supports multitasking, a graphic display (you can do the mouth in graphics if you like) and speaker, Bluetooth comunication with the PC or other NXT controllers. Lots of possibilities here.

If you take this route, let me know, I'll give you some links to check out.
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Re: First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2007, 11:32:22 AM »
After a long discussion I have agreed that it wont walk anymore (but still needs to be able to do all else), although it needs to be in a teddy bear suit. What is the best method of doing this?

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Re: First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 12:13:02 PM »
Do you have any former experience with microcontrollers, programming, electronics and such?
I assume you have programming experience, taken by the fact that you are in university and seem to be in such an program where you learn it.

How much can you pay for parts? If you have a large budget you could buy a complete biped kit from www.lynxmotion.com, and you would have the walking problem solved easily.
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Re: First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2007, 01:11:58 AM »
Just submit a Furby  ;D
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Re: First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2007, 03:50:56 PM »
furbey is the source of all things evil... i had one go crazy on me once.. it started spinning all of its motors and screaming at me,then i chucked it outside and it hit a wall... it... swore...at me....

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Re: First Ever attempt at a robot - All advise Welcome
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2007, 09:03:48 AM »
A friend of mine likes to make robots out of stuffed animals:

http://www.aubreyshick.com/Content/Portfolio/2-Robots_and_Wearables/1-Emotional_Interaction/Sheepy_MushPuffin/movie-2.php

It does everything you want except #3 and #4

Put a tape recorder hidden inside it repeating the times tables and you got #4 covered, too :P

And another example (her first robot! simplicity at its best)
http://www.aubreyshick.com/Content/Portfolio/2-Robots_and_Wearables/1-Emotional_Interaction/Sheepy_MushPuffin/movie-1.php

 


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