This Instructable will show you how to build your own Web Connected Robot (using an Arduino micro-controller and Asus eee pc).
Why would you want a Web Connected Robot? To play with of course. Drive your robot from across the room or across the country, using nothing more than Skype and a web browser (nothing to install on the controlling computer). After that? Dig into the software & adapt it however you like, add a GPS so you can watch where you're driving on a map, add temperature sensors to map temperature gradients in your house, or sonar sensors to add controls on what you're web drivers can and cannot run into. Features:
- Inexpensive - (~$500 if you purchase all parts new and considerably cheaper if you dig around in your parts bin)
- Once up and running controlling the robot requires only a web browser - (and Skype if you want to see where you're driving)
- Open Source and Easily Adaptable - (uses an Arduino micro-controller, Processing for the web server & all software can be run on Linux (all the code is also heavily commented to make jumping in and changing things easy))
- Modular Design (not a completely integrated system, if you want to use a different video conferencing service no worries, or if you have a Basic stamp rather than an Arduino just right a small piece of code and slot it in)
Here's a quick video of my Web Connected Robot being driven out of the kitchen.