Instructables

LaptopWheels Robotic Platform

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).
cdousley4 years ago
how do you controll this without roborealm?
psymansays (author)  cdousley4 years ago
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.
i cant afford roborealm so i may build it when you get that done
psymansays (author)  cdousley4 years ago
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.
it had a free 30 day trial could you give me the link to the wesite.
thanks!
psymansays (author)  cdousley4 years ago
so if i made something like this with the trial and posted it diffrent places do you think i could get the license.

Thanks
psymansays (author)  cdousley4 years ago
 Yeah, that's what I did.
CameronSS5 years ago
XD

This just reminded me so much of a certain xkcd... image below.

In all seriousness, though, I like! I would like to see a video of this in action.

Also, you have a copyright note, but it's published under the default license...make sure that it is the CC license you want.
new_pet.png
psymansays (author)  CameronSS5 years ago
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 "board with wheels on it").

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.

For some videos of it in action, check my YouTube page out: video_1 video_2 (The second video was shot in inadequate lighting)

That comic is really great :)
You ought to embed the videos into the slideshow description. The code for that is as follows:
[[Video(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4M8YzrSBqc, {width:425, height:350})]]
Just change the URL to the video you want, that is for the first video.
psymansays (author)  CameronSS5 years ago
Thanks for the tip. I think I will do that.
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!