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[DPRG] Re: Interesting robot to check out...

Subject: [DPRG] Re: Interesting robot to check out...
From: Kenneth Maxon kmaxon at qwest.net
Date: Mon May 28 13:55:52 CDT 2007

Hello David,

The robot is coming along.  Given the extreme hours working for "the man",
there has been no progress in ~3-mo.  Leading up to that point the progress
was good.  Today, in the studio is the first chance I am getting to really
play in ever so long...

Given the massive scope of the six wheeled robot project I decided to build
a simplified test platform to test out controllers, power supplies, motor
drivers, software and algorithmic solutions.  The CAD depiction below shows
the test platform. All of the circuit boards for this design are completed
and in various states of population.  There are only 8 mechanical components
remaining to be fabricated prior to complete assembly, minus some final 2'nd

I have also been taking advantage of Pololu's laser cutting service on this
project.  Given that I expect this one to get quite a bit of outdoor
operation I have taken some time in an attempt to keep FOD out of the CCAs.
Some of the subassemblies are already assembled.  I will snap some photos
this evening and post them to the web site.  It is all just a matter of
time.  Work on the robot or document the progress.  I try to spend a
reasonable amount of time on both but that is a struggle :)


The beautiful part about this robot is that the construction and components
are relatively simple compared to the 6 wheeled robot, and much of the
technology from this robot test bed will lift directly into that one.  This
fact then leads to the name of this robot, ProtoBot....

Currently I do have pictures of most of the parts for this robot on my web
site.   I'll try to finish that out tonight and post a few pictures of some
of the subassemblies as they sit today.

Oh yes, some time back we chatted about the overall size of this robot.
Unfortunately as the various components were sized it grew and grew.  The
finished foot print will be ~24" front to back by ~30" side to side and have
a Z elevation of ~46".


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Subject: [DPRG] Re: Interesting robot to check out...


Very interesting.  Are you contemplating a Linux powered robot?

Any progress to report on your own 6-wheel robot project.

best regards,

> Hello David and Group,
> I wound up on the west coast stuck working in Oregon for just short of 2
> months.  Upon returning I have worked 96.5hrs this week and 92hrs last
> Sigh... Not much time for robotics.  Tomorrow will be my first real day to
> head back to working on the robot.
> I thought I would take a minute and share the site I stumbled across on
> web.  If this has been seen before, then please  forgive the repost.  If
> not, give this a look.  The articulated body is an interesting / different
> way to do things...
> http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT8656331847.html

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