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Follow Lines – Fork in the Road

March 14, 2010 Leave a comment

**Repost from an article I posted on Mindsensors forums last year.

People have asked me to provide more information about my video on the Mindsensors site about testing the Line Leader sensor. How can the robot make a choice at a fork in the road (line)?
My Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isf2Kz_jdrA
First, let’s expand on the problem. I found an interesting video a while back on YouTube.com for a Robocup Jr – Rescue competition that outlined some fairly complex rules for following a line to a destination. In short, there are 10+ line configurations that a robot must be able to navigate in order to complete the mission. There is much more to this mission, but the focus here is on following the lines…
Robocup Jr Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvBfAmUm48

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Puckbot I – Collector Robot Success!

July 18, 2009 1 comment

The collector is a more complex robot building on concepts learns from AreaBot.  The robot covers are much area of a closed arena as possible collecting Mindstorms NXT foam pucks, and delivering them to a central home base (light source).  The following represents the sensors, drivers, and behavior hierarchy to accomplish the task.

collectorbot-behdia

See all of the collector robot articles here.
Download the Code: Download: bbPuckBot.zip
See the video here.

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AreaRover III – Video

July 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Sorry this video took so long to post.  Some time in the past two weeks, my microphone/Windows 7 combination started acting up.  The voice was recorded choppy and awful.  I sounds like two drivers are competing for control of the microphone processing, but I can’t tell for sure.  I guess those are the breaks with release candidate software…

Any way, here is the missing video.

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