I thought I was going to turn Feynman6 into a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) based robot, but given the issues with Linux I have had of late I have decided to shelve that idea for upgrading Feynman. Instead I will just have less wires and build a better distribution board. If you can see in Feynman5, I had lots of wires connecting my Basic Stamp, SSC, and even more connecting my PC, Serial Connections, Etc.
Some of the other problems included:
- Too many wires - poor connections & vibration lead to downtime.
- Too much power consumption - Electronics & PC on 1, and Motors on another battery lead to a shorter life.
- No skin - showing the guts of the robot is fine, but I needed to skin the bot to make it more able to travel.
- Low clearance - this lead to a lot of hard stops going over un-even terrain and it was also difficult to move up transportation ramps or on sidewalks.
I have ran into limitations with Feynman6, mainly transportation related, he is too heavy about 250lbs. Also testing with battery only is time consuming so I have decided to create another robot, called Carnot, this robot will be stationary and will be plugged in and have a dedicated PC for serial control, speech and use a network webcam for vision.Update: 4/26/2007
Just purchase a nice Pan-Tilt system from ServoCity.Com and because of some code I was able to create to convert the USB cameras to Network cameras, I should be able to bring back two eyes. I will also need to make it a little shorter because my supply of 80-20 is running low, but only by about a foot.