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WHY START FROM SCRATCH when you have products like the Rovio providing a great design, control method, nav functions, misc interfaces, software with public API (from what I read) and so on?
What additional hardware would it take to use the good stuff off the Rovio, and interface it to a bigger frame using the same system of wheels?All in a "SYSTEM INTEGRATION APPROCHE" (as much as possible):
Are such modules already available to buy or build?
Once this is done, the bigger frame and available power will leave room for:-Maybe one better camera could later be looked into? Or the option for a B&W "night-cam" with IR diodes (need to look into a possible interference with the TrueTrack IR system!)-Headlights and so on.-To control more options (on/off), the pins for the headlights option could be use to control different on/off latch relays based on some kind of time/mors-code sequences... and a little software writing.
Why not chuck a death ray on it, i bet walmart can't do that!
Well, some of us get pleasure from building the robots, we like to be able to say "i built that" instead of "i bought that from walmart" see my point?
I take it you just want to take the Rovio and put it on a bigger frame with bigger motors, battery and wheels?
The camera might be hard
It may also be next to impossible to get schematics of prebuilt stuff
QuoteI take it you just want to take the Rovio and put it on a bigger frame with bigger motors, battery and wheels?That's it. What I am talking about is an enhancement project in which (yes you need some funds) the starting point of your kit is a second hand Rovio from e-bay.I would love to start from scratch, have my own MCU, software and all, with all the fun and possibilities this offers... but unfortunately, this is beyond my capabilities