I am in the process of building a robot that I can attach some of my many projects to and have function off of the robot itself. Instead of making a flat bed on tracks, I thought it could use some personality. This bot will be several serial devices, mostly controlled by several Arduino's as serial controllers with very limited logic. All of the controllers are currently tied together with Processing and called upon by several programs from the built-in vostro laptop.
Big serial robot with attachments and a vast open-ended possibility for programming.
This series will be broken into several parts starting with the head.
Please be careful, working electricity can be dangerous and even result in fires. I take no responsibility in any damages that are caused as a result of somebody following this Instructable. Remember, test everything before assembly to ensure it will work with your parts in a safe and functional manner.
With this in mind, let's begin;
Step 1: Part 1 - The Head: Parts List
Arduino Uno R3 - Serial controller with limited programmed logic.
Motor shield - Various companies make them, Sainsmart has more robust screw blocks.
USB Webcam - I choose a Logitech® B910 HD USB 2.0 Webcam
LED Flashlight - Easier to use a pre-made flashlight that already has a lense.
Laser diode - Bonus if it is included in the flashlight. (Found mine at KMart)
Xbee - *Optional, if you want to talk to devices from the robot (The head is the highest point.)
Wire terminal blocks - *Optional either use these or solder the wires to each other.
Ultrasonic Distance Sensor - Used for ultrasonic mapping and object avoidance.
Quick release power connectors - Attaches head to the bodies power supply
Metal Pushbutton switches with LED - Used for Glowing "eyes" and Arduino reset button.
2x Tip 120's, diodes, and resistors -
Step up/down voltage regulator - The Arduino was not able to sufficiently power the LED flashlight / laser.
Mini stereo jack (Male) - use to control automatic focus and shutter of my DSLR.
Dual Relays - Solving my voltage leak problem for the light and laser modules.
SLA 12v Batteries - 12v power source hooked to the motorshield
Headform / Neck:
Bezcor Mp 101 PT camera mount
Large project box - Holds Arduino, motor controller and most electronics.
Small project box - Holds relays
Steel strapping - found at Lowes hobby section, looks like "Erector set pieces"
Cardboard - to build the mockup parts before fiberglass
Fiberglass cloth, fine weave
Nomex cloth - Robots camo skin.
Nuts, bolts, washers