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.
- 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)
Step 1: Parts & Tools
Robot: Arduino Controlled Servo Robot - (SERB)
($175 @ oomlout.com ) or (make your own)
- An open source robot which uses an Arduino micro-controller as it's brain.
Computer: Asus eee PC 4G
($280) (@Best Buy)
- A small inexpensive laptop that is perfect for this purpose.
Laptop Desk: Laser Cut Acrylic
($25 (@ oomlout) ) or (build your own step 3)
- A few additional acrylic pieces which bolt onto a (SERB) to give it a desk for the laptop to sit on.
- 3mm x 10mm bolt (x4)
- 3mm x 15mm bolt (x4)
- 3mm nut (x8)