Build a $500 Robot

We're currently working to build a robot base with an equipment cost of $500 and the following capabilities/sensors:
- Large payload capacity
- Custom motor controller
- Wheel odometry
- Navigation (Sonar, IR array, etc.)
- Visual (Cameras)
- Intelligence (ROS based platform)
- Operates for several hours on a single charge

We are now on our 3rd iteration of the robot. We've come up with 12 tasks below to accomplish. Come join us!

The 12 Tasks of Hercules are:
1) Drive around 3 cones - Done!
2) Deliver a pizza from the front door of the DOJO to a pre-determined location in the Dojo. - Done!
3) Detect the face / body of the owner - Done!
4) Follow a predetermined target shape. - Done !
5) Follow a detected person to deliver a cooler of beer - Done! 
6) Avoid somone / something when they/it falls in front of the robot unexpectedly - Done!
7) Draw a chess board indoors (with washable chalk) - In Progress 
8) Deliver a cookie from one room in the DOJO to another room in the dojo, through a non-predetermined route, avoiding unexpected obstacle
9) Drive around the DOJO for one week without crashing, hitting anyone or getting lost saying hello to known people
10) Draw a chess board outdoors (with washable chalk)
11) Identify a bad guy in a line up of people
12) Drive around the DOJO for one week identifying every time a predetermined bad guy shows up

Please come with a laptop, and be prepared for a reasonably mature technical level. We generally slot people in to one of 3 technical tracks

1) Software - be comfortable with Linux and a Command line and have respectable coding capability.

2) Electronics - understand basic circuit construction, ideally know how to do layout.

3) Mechanical Design - know how draw, view and understand 3 dimensional mechanical systems.

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  • Aaron M.

    Will there be another meetup scheduled soon? The $500 robot project sounds great but I just joined.

    February 15

    • David C.

      Aaron, we have consolidated the team around this to bring the robot to production. Once we get out of production and we have many of these robots to play with we will likely resume the meetup activities again.

      February 16

  • Sean W.

    Which room are we meeting in the building? :)

    November 30, 2013

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