Awesome job mate!
is actually my 2nd robot... the 1st was a modified cart... and completely a learning experience. Of course... R.E.D.
is also a learning experience... they all are
.The biggest mistake I made with this one, was trying to make it too multipurpose.
I wanted to be able to use it both outside and inside my home... and as both a security and as an entertainment robot. So now what I have is a robot thats just a little too big and too heavy for inside. Meanwhile it would be nice to have less size limits on a robot that is almost always outside. Using a riding lawnmower as a framework wouldn't be too big. R.E.D. is a working model that really does security duty in the yard.
I really think the use (and/or creation) of outside security robots has the same potential as mowing or floor cleaning robots. Whereas inside.... often multiable inexpensive plug-in or battery powered devices (smoke alarms, motion sensors, monitoring cameras) can be much more cost effective than a robot. There are true advantages to self charging (or solar charging) outside robotic devices. Simply because having plug-in receptacles or weather sheltered areas outside isn't practical. However... a selfpowered weatherproof roving electronic device can be very cost effective and useful outside.As an example of the advandage of an outside robot:
In my area, a herd of deer can do a lot of damage in a very brief period of time. Even with a perimeter detection system that alerts me.... much damage can be done... as I am awoke to tend to the problem. However the robot can be (will be) able to sound an alarm and give chase to the deer. Preventing deer damage could completely defray the cost of a outside security robot in a single season.
Intergrading a robot into a security system has advantages too. Remote patrol and inspection of building sites, parking lots, or storage areas has real advantages. Police and fire departments have been over tasked with false alarms and in many areas now require verification. Remote robotic inspection can provide "verification of need" for emergency services... as well as deterrence.
So... the next robot will be an inside robot. That was the biggest lesson learned: There will always be a NEXT robot.