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  1. Honorablemention Butler Robot

    Hello,

    My entry for this contest is my butler robot , which I call Chives. I had wanted to build a robot that pours drinks and does other butler duties, but sadly a search on Google for butler robot returned no appropriate results. I spent many nights building and designing and after a series of butler bot prototypes , I finally got it all working about a year ago. I am happy to say that now when you search Google for "butler robot" you will get a step-by-step guide to build your own butler robot , my butler robot tutorial!

    My Step By Step Butler Robot Tutorial


    The first version of my butler robot had a lot of room for improvement and once I heard about a certain robotics contest I decided to make a better version and this time I wanted to fully document my butler robot.
    My second version of my butler robot uses a better voice recognition engine , has a nicer body , pours drinks, and can grip things with his hands. In addition to those features it can do image processing with its head camera, allows easy interface to attach sensors, allows wireless control from a laptop or cellphone or iPod Touch, and it can speak the time ,weather, and more! Plus I made a detailed tutorial to make your own!

    What makes this robot special:
    It is one of the handful butler robots out there
    It is the cheapest and most documented butler robot
    It can pour drinks by voice command
    It is made from easy to find and inexpensive parts
    It is very easy to build when you follow my step-by-step guide
    It allows room for expansion
    It has a realistic speaking voice
    All the software is open-source!

    Improvements to be made :

    Add Sabertooth motor controllers for speed control
    Add more degrees of freedom to arms
    Develop algorithms using image processing
    Add sonar sensors and radio locators
    Make the butler robot self charge

    Full Feature List:

    Drive in all four directions by voice command ( speak distance to travel in "units")
    Manual control by a built-in Joystick
    Pours a drink by voice command
    Speaks the current time by voice command
    Speaks the current temperature by voice command
    Speaks the current weather conditions by voice command
    Plays sound effects and does preprogrammed parodies of classic movies
    Built-in Webcam for image processing using Roborealm
    Built-in Mini fridge keeps drinks cool
    Gripper in a revolving arm allows the robot to pickup objects
    Wireless control over the internet using a laptop/computer/cell phone/iPod Touch
    Easy to use functions in software make adding commands simple and straightforward
    10 extra output ports and 14 extra input ports available on interface board
    Powerful motors allow the user to jump on the butler robot and drive around on it
    Security software alerts the user whenever motion is detected in the camera and the robot speaks a warning
    Last edited by airman00; 07-31-2008 at 08:33 PM.

  2. Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    anyone know?

    also pls vote for my robot
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Buil...-Butler-Robot/

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    Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    Neat project! Any details on the software?

    How much runtime do you get from those two batteries and what do you use to charge them?
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  5. Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    Software will be uploaded tonite or tomorrow nite with details

    Batteries will last quite a while for me. On discontinuous use they last like 2 months before charging is needed

    Please vote for my robot!
    http://www.instructables.com/contest...sort=USERVOTES

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    Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    I got you entered in this round airman00, but could you provide more info in this thread? Parts list, problems encountered, what you learned, etc. (all required info can be found on contest page).

    BTW, awesome project!

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  7. Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    I'll add more into this thread later this week . I've been crazy busy the last few days....


    Also, whoever hasn't voted yet please vote for my butler robot , please do so now. Voting ends tomorrow.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Buil...-Butler-Robot/


    Thanks,
    Eric

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    Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    Quote Originally Posted by airman00 View Post
    Do I have to post the tutorial on this site , or is that link good enough?
    You could put it both places. I am posting my tutorials in two different places, but only those interested in Hammer will see them twice.

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    Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    Slightly offtopic, but hasn't anyone ever gotten confused with the "erobots" thingie? ;-)
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    Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    Do I have to post the tutorial on this site , or is that link good enough?
    You don't "have" to post the tutorial in the TRC (please don't post a tutorial in your project submission thread here), but I'm sure the community would greatly appreciate a nice tutorial added in our community tutorials section:

    http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/fo...play.php?f=118

    In this thread though, you will need to up the content (just look at our contest page).

    �In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed�
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  11. Re: Contest Entry : Butler Robot

    Quote Originally Posted by ScuD View Post
    Slightly offtopic, but hasn't anyone ever gotten confused with the "erobots" thingie? ;-)

    I'm not understanding what you are saying . My name on instructables is erobots ( after my blog: erobots.blogspot.com ) but elsewhere its airman00.

    I have a nice weekend ahead of me , so expect this thread to be done by Monday.

    ,Eric

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