Featured on Hackaday, Make Magazine now it's going to the 2011 Maker Faire!!
Be sure to check out my new instructable , the 'little Tank'!Really nice tracked design complete with cut files!
update: I've had so much response on this instructable, thanks to all. If you end up making one, please let me know! I'd love to put your work on my website!
New new update - The Electric Turtle is going to the 2011 Makers Faire in New York with the LMR (lets Make Robots) exhibit!!!
5" robotic platform, setup for Picaxe or Arduino with sonar ranging mast. This one currently does obstacle avoidance. 90 degree radian etched into the top plate to make turn calibration far easier.
Many battery configurations possible, including lipo (with a regulator) - the deck is spaced to accommodate a large range of power sources.
Designed and made in response to the poorly made/designed commercial offerings - this thing uses I-Beam construction - you can stand on it.
Nice platform to pickup and run with, applicable to many configurations and adaptable to multiple purposes.
Offset ranging mast is provided with cutouts for the ping (what I had on hand), but I put placement holes for several popular models on there as well - tried to make it as universal as possible. Standard IR sensors should fit if you choose to go that route.
Motor configuration is for a Tamiya 70097 motor/gearbox combo - placement holes are in the chassis for either the high or low ratio build configuration of the gearbox. Wheels are Tamiya 70145's.
Capability to use standard servo or micro servo with adapter plate (included).
Here are laser cut parts kits if you'd rather not cut your own -
Lets make robots! is an excellent resource for DIY robotics as well.