I have been a lurker on this forum for quite some time (BTW, you guys are incredible) and I have decided to track my progress on my latest project here. I had been posting in my blog, but have come to realize this area (the project shocase) is a far more appropriate place.
I am building a pheonix/micromagic inspired hexapod that will primarily be a testbed for different computer vision and AI concepts I am working on. My goal is to make him as autonomous and aware of his environment as possible. My senior project consisted of a camera on a lynxmotion pan-tilt rig controlled by a phidget advanced servocontroller which tracked peoples faces using OpenCV. This uploaded data to a webserver about what it viewed. So my first goal with Ally is to use the core of that project as the foundation for this one. My parts list as of now:
6 HS 225MG
8 HS 485HB
6 HS 645MG
(all servo choices are subject to change without notice)
9 Multipurpose Brackets (Servo Erector Set)
1 "C" Bracket
1 1.2G Wireless Surveillance Camera
BlueSmirf Bluetooth Modem
2.4 GHz Duck Antenna
6.0 Volt 1600mA NiMH Battery
2 9 Volt Recharge-ables
Lots of 1/8" (3.175mm) Polycarbonate
I have all of my parts together (finally) and have produced a shrine to robotics on my bedroom desk. Needless to say, my girlfriend will not be as thrilled as I am to have this monument to geekdom less than three feet from where we sleep
I went through some major design changes to my chassis after someone pointed out a few flaws to my original design. So I have done a quick and dirty layout in Sketchup of the new chassis. Any comments/criticisms would be most appreciated!