Hometown: New York
January 25, 2009
I am a rotorcraft handling qualities / fly-by-wire controls engineer by day. I'd like to branch out into designing and building somewhat smaller and more manageable personal robotics vehicles (especially flying ones).
Since my background is mostly theoretical, I'm hoping some members with practical experience in microcontrollers, servos, motor control, radio control, and/or other electronics would be willing to provide advice or assistance. I would also welcome any collaborators on the quadrotor or other robots.
Yes, I plan to demo the robots (possibly in stages as they are being built). I am also willing to present tutorials about control theory (PID, etc.), or Kalman filtering (once I understand it :-).
As an aerospace engineer, I have a lot of knowledge of rotorcraft, feedback control systems, some knowledge of embedded systems, and some decent programming skills.
I'm interested in building a two wheel balancing robot and a "quadrotor" flying / hovering robot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrotor). I'd also like to try entering some of the robot contests, especially the robo-hoops and possibly the Trinity fire-fighting ones at Penn State Abington.
A wonderful group of smart, talented, and dedicated people.
Welcome to Gadgets and Gizmos Roy! I'm sure you'll be a great resource. Hopefully, we can be a great resource for you as well.
I saw your group because one of your members, Richard Allen, recently joined the Philly Makers meetup. If your group would be interested in having an event at NextFab, we'd be happy to host - just let me know.
Hi Roy, I am interested in learning how a robot is built from scratch. Is there any scope of that in the meetups or do you guys work at an advanced level? I do understand CSE stuff at a basic level and wouldn't mind being a passive listener without interrupting your work. And since I will be reaching Philly in late August, I'll try to attend the meetups September onwards.
Not working on any projects right now, other than trying to find a job in robotics. Been messaging tons of interesting robotic start ups all over the country. On a more interesting note, I actually built a balancing robot a year ago for class so maybe I can help.
Thanks Roy. The tricopter is on hold for now. Once completed, during testing I realized that I needed larger motors. But since I had a lot of other interesting projects going on, I never got around to getting them. Here's a link on details:
I'm looking forward to meeting you guys too.