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Ever wanted a butler robot that talks to you , follows you around , and even pours you drinks? Read this instructable to learn how to build your own voice controlled butler robot which has many cool features.
This tutorial will show you how to make the butler robot , but any improvements that I add after this tutorial is finished will not be edited into this tutorial, but rather it will appear on my robotics blog : eRobots.BlogSpot.com . eRobots.BlogSpot.com My blog has a lot of cool robotics and electronics stuff, so check it out!
Please note that this tutorial can be modified to each person's needs and you do not have the follow the exact dimensions that I wrote. To make it easier for users I did write the dimensions that I used if they wanted a reference point.
I built my first version of my butler robot in 2007 and in June 2008 I began to make a newer version. The older version can be seen here:
The Functions of The Butler Robot:
1. Voice Commands for weather, time, and temperature
2. Pour a drink bottle into a cup
3. Manual control with a joystick
4. Cool soda cans in a mini fridge
5. Face recognition and greet people by their names
6. Follow a person wearing a certain color shirt
7. Avoid obstacles
8. Automatically dock to a charger
9. Sweep the floor
10. Wireless control over the internet
11. Wireless Remote Control from iPod Touch or SmartPhone
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I WORKED VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS TUTORIAL VERY CLEAR AND EASY TO FOLLOW.
Someone told me that this looks like dalek from Doctor Who. Holy cow it does and I didn't even hear about Dalek or even Doctor Who until this morning!
MY PROMISE: If I win this contest and win a ticket to RoboGames, I will make a sleeker , cooler version of my butler robot ( equipped with tri-tracks, CNC body, better robot arm) in 2009. I will enter that butler robot in RoboGames 2009 AND I will document that revised version even more than I documented this robot! That's gonna be a very very detailed tutorial!
So please vote for me !!!