Here is a sneak peak of the robot that was built for the next article in Robot Magazine’s series on building PC based robots!
Below is a fun little video showing us drive the robot around. We built this robot for the second article in the series which covers the chassis, power supply, computer selection, and motion control output. As you can see in the video we are controlling the robot via a wireless logitech gamepad to test our motion control output. (So what it really is at this point is a very expensive RC vehicle.) In the future articles we will show how to add sensors and autonomous control to the project to turn it into a real live robot!
PS: The metal decks used to build this robot are a sneak peak at our new modular chassis system which is coming soon. The aluminum decks allow for extremely fast and flexible robot building. Just slap a miniPC or laptop onto the chassis and voila, you have a robot. (click on the pictures to enlarge)