Monday, December 14, 2009
I saw a problem were the arm successfully picked up a jack, but then dropped it after rasing the arm. I'm going to need to add a line of code to the robot to check the switch at the end of the arm one more time after the arm is brought up. I only have three bytes of memory left, I hope I can shoehorn that in.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
You can see a lever switch attached to the nose of the arm. That's so the robot can detect that it has picked up an object
In the snare test video above, you can see the piano wire snare extend, the arm drop, the snare retract, and the arm raise with the toy jack.
Look for one or more arm kits (I'm working on a second design), a radio, and smart beacon kit early next year.
May all your holidays be robotic.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I just completed my CheapBot Squeak program for my Constructivist Philosophy class and will post the final program on my webpage (NearSys.com) under the catalog link this weekend. It's a work in progress and over the months, I hope to include programs that simulate more features of the CheapBot and even create simulations of a near space mission.