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  1. New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    http://www.lebeaux.biz/ball-e.html

    Looks like a decent little rover. Not many details though.

    I'd like to know what he is using for the micro controller, and am curious how he can offer it at only $200 compared to almost 500 for a Surveyor SRV-1
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    Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    The glasses are cool, but ...
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    This type of Video glasses does not hinder the user from also going about other daily activity,
    The robot would be safe, I on the otherhand would bump into everything

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    Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Looks pretty cool! I assume their so cheap because he's not making a whole lot off of them.. less markup
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    Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Looks like it's based on the robby RP5 chassis.
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    Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Definitely a widened RP5, ScuD.

    It's a nice little turn-key, but I can see how he can make his price-point.
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  6. Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenalynn View Post
    Definitely a widened RP5, ScuD.

    It's a nice little turn-key, but I can see how he can make his price-point.

    I have not seen the rp5 before, but yes I agree.

    What do you suppose he is using for control?

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    Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Wireless serial sender. You can get a 500' pair at Sparkfun for under $10.

    Here's the RP5 chassis: http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store...ssis-Only.aspx

    I have the 2.4Ghz vide wireless sender/receiver he's using, as well as that exact camera (and the step up from that camera). The wireless sender/receiver is $35 in quant 25. It's pretty spotty.

    The camera is $30 in quant 1.

    Figure a PIC or even small ATMEL board is just a few dollars custom after layout charges.

    His cost in low volume is ~115-120. Less in higher volume. But he has written some user friendly (apparently) software for it. His pricing on options is very high, one could do better in the TR store here, BUT he's turn-keying them which makes for a higher price - his expense in R&D.

    It doesn't look like a bad deal for a turn-key starter package. I don't know what the reliability/lifespan is of the RP5, but I would probably consider his package even though I could build it for less, if I had the application for it.
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  8. Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Quote Originally Posted by jafoca View Post
    http://www.lebeaux.biz/ball-e.html

    Looks like a decent little rover. Not many details though.

    I'd like to know what he is using for the micro controller, and am curious how he can offer it at only $200 compared to almost 500 for a Surveyor SRV-1
    Thanks. You should have seen this Robot fall from 3 ft during an interview and still get up and do it's thing, with only minor scratches. Just ask Jason Pratt of "The Florida Times Union," It's Durable, and my oldest rover is 3 years old, and still kicking around.

    The price is so fair because we use the affordable RP-5 chassis, and we are using a cheap but powerful microprocessor/transmitter configuration. We have prefab boards and several overseas suppliers, that give excellent price breaks with bulk purchases. The last step is smooth outsourcing of assembly. We have began enlisting private technicians to work from home, and allowing business to license and sale the product. We may have just found some affordable manufacturing services, but for now we rely on independent technicians, some other engineers, and myself, to handle R&D, assembly, and testing.

    We do release more details of the robot with private emails that I receive, and that's to further the interest of building other net applications and hardware that may work with this flexible platform.

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    Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Hi and welcome to the TRC! Your input on your new platform is very much appreciated - thank you!

    As I mentioned in my posts, it looks like a good deal on a turn-key device. A lot of R&D obviously went into it!
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  10. Re: New rover find - For sale by a US university student

    Thanks alot. You are correct, we have done some extensive R&D. The first version was a blimp robot, which didn't work well due to weight restrictions, HVAC systems, and control precision. It did however, serve as a test bed for the software and the method of communication. We are investing in computer vision and hope to eliminate the need for other sensors to detect object. We have seen some impressive presentation of things going on with online virtual 3D maps, that we think our robot can play a big part in. Right now we are thinking affordability, and that's why we offer the robot for minimum markup, and hope that experimenters, like myself, will take it to a new level.

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