This is my "LaptopWheels" Differential Drive robotic platform.

The idea of this project is to make a very cheap, very modular set of wheels that you can quickly attach to a laptop. To keep costs as low as possible, it uses an old, used laptop, lots of scrap and salvaged and and re-purposed parts, and the cheapest materials that were available (mostly wood, in this case). It has a headlamp module that produces visible and infrared light. I hacked the webcam, to be able to capture infrared, and give it a form of night vision, but I didn't like the way it affected colors.

It can be controlled using a second laptop as a remote control over wifi / internet. It can also be connected to RoboRealm, and attempt to respond to what it sees in front of it, but I need to save up for a higher-quality webcam before that will be very viable.

Source Code Copyright 2007-2009 Gabriel Stewart (dba Psymansays Robotics).
 Yeah, that's what I did.
Well, I'm checking their site now, and, I do see the following:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roborealm.com/registration/purchase.php" rel="nofollow">www.roborealm.com/registration/purchase.php<br /> <br /> At the end of the page, they say that a complimentary license can be had by helping to raise awareness of RoboRealm by posting an article or tutorial online, and they even mention the instructables site by name. Now that I think about it, I remember that that was how I got my license key.<br /> </a>
You can download RoboRealm for free, from their web site. Are you thinking of some other software? I haven't used any software in this project that wasn't free.<br />
Well, you can run a remote control client/server program that I wrote for it, that runs in windows. Actually, though, I'm working on a browser-based (Java Applet client/server) remote control solution, that is working at the moment, but only does one-way communication, or else I'd release what I have. Anyway, with that, you can watch the video feed and control the robot from a single browser window on a remote PC.<br />
XD<br/><br/>This just reminded me so much of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://xkcd.com/413/">a certain xkcd...</a> image below.<br/><br/>In all seriousness, though, I like! I would like to see a video of this in action.<br/><br/><sub>Also, you have a copyright note, but it's published under the default license...make sure that it is the CC license you want.</sub><br/>
Thanks for commenting, and for letting me know about the copyright thing. I think that it's ok, for my purposes, to leave the machine itself under the ShareAlike license (I wouldn't ever try to copyright &quot;board with wheels on it&quot;).<br/><br/>What the copyright is intended to cover is the source code I wrote for this project, although I may release a version of it as an open-source project, if I find the time.<br/><br/>For some videos of it in action, check my YouTube page out: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4M8YzrSBqc">video_1</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YpRH4OZVnE">video_2</a> (The second video was shot in inadequate lighting)<br/><br/>That comic is really great :)<br/>
You ought to embed the videos into the slideshow description. The code for that is as follows:<br/><pre>[[Video(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4M8YzrSBqc, {width:425, height:350})]]</pre>Just change the URL to the video you want, that is for the first video.<br/>
Thanks for the tip. I think I will do that.

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Bio: Hi, I'm psymansays. I'm an engineer from California. I enjoy sunsets, and long robot test drives on the beach. More from me: http ...
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