I am glad it is in the works.
I Work at a very remote Arctic facility and every other 2 weeks I am away from home for 2 weeks. I purchased a Rovio as a way to not be totally away. It is a very good idea, and for what you pay for it, I guess it is ok.
I am going to try to build a better TelePresence and also be able to do a few things around the house. (My Wife wants me to be able to clean the bathroom) even though I am not going to be there. My basic idea was to setup a heavy first rate Chassis that I could expand in capabilities and intelligence as I learn more about what I would like it to be able to do and also how I would do it. I am in the process of gathering parts for a simple sturdy tracked base and putting high end components into it seems to be the right way to start.
I have a Dimension Engineering Sabertooth Dual 25A 6V-24V Regenerative Motor Driver on order along with 2 Banebots 12V 263RPM 2527oz-in Planetary Gearmotors w/RS-540 Motors. I also have on order a few sets of tracks and the assorted sprockets, idle wheels, and other bits and parts I am going to use for the drive system based on the Lynxmotion 2" WideTrack. In the Track assemblies I have laid out enough space for about 10AH at 12vdc and 5AH at 6vdc using a few nicad battery sets I have from where I work. they are outdated so no longer suitable for where I work and free is a good price..
The chassis will be a combination of aluminum, HDPE, and acrylic 14"wide X 21"long and just over 8" at the tallest and initialy have a Axion, a usb camera, a Via pico atx system running XP using 802.11 so I can control it from my remote work location in the Arctic via the internet and a remote desktop client.
My first goal is going to be basic control and the ability to maneuver it to a charging station I am building to plug into. eventually I hope to be able to get up and down stairs, mount a multi axis manipulator and give it enough smarts and awareness of its suroundings that it will be able to bark at the doorbell and keep itself charged.
Another reason I went with the Axon is that it looked to me like i could have it monitor the XP session via a serial link and if it hangs reboot the computer. (we all know how stable the windows OS is so this will probably never needed)
Suggestions and guidance from those who have already tried this sort of thing will always be welcome.