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Can I turn a gaming laptop into a robot? Answered

I just got a new asus laptop for christmas 2010. It has an intel core2duo with centrino technology clocked at 2.53GHz, 6GB of DDR2 RAM, 1 500GB HDD with a second HDD bay available, 4 USB ports, Ndivia GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB GDDR3 and a 17" screen but at the sacrifice of only a 2hr battery life. Could a set of motors/sensors be used through USB? Are there any instructables on making usb motor/sensors? Don't want to break my laptop ($740). Being a laptop, it gets the issue of battery power down, but it's the only laptop I have.

So basically, can I use the powerful "brains" of the laptop to run a robot?

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lemonie (author)2010-03-16

The PC would only run software, and it would largely be wasted as hardware 'cos you can run robots with very little processing power (Re-design).

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epicnoobpwn (author)lemonie2011-07-20

But how about use the advantage of power to make a smarter robot/larger programs?

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lemonie (author)epicnoobpwn2011-07-20


Do you have some thing to start with, like AI software, or is this just an idea so far?

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lemonie (author)epicnoobpwn2011-07-30

Start looking for software, and see what other people have done.

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jeff-o (author)2010-03-16

Well, since it's a desktop model it'll probably be permanently tethered to a power cord.  And if that's the case, then you may as well use it to control a robot remotely, either wirelessly or through a smaller cable.

Which brings me to my next suggestion:  Use it to control a CNC machine!  A low cost CNC machine will cost the same as a robot to build, and will be about as complex.

Of course, you'll need to drop in a new hard drive, too.

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epicnoobpwn (author)jeff-o2010-10-12

Hard drive is fine actually. It was just "sleeping". I installed windows xp on it. Turns out it had the most stubborn raid controller, as windows did not contain the driver. It was hard to install windows on it but i did it in the end.

Computer is dead now :(. The power supply's emergency shutoff didnt activate one time and the mobo and/or processor died. It was because i was adding hardware while it was running (I know, I'm stupid).

The pc is now sitting in my basement stacked on top of 2 other nonworking PCs.

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Computothought (author)2010-08-05

It can be done. the book"Robot builder's bonanza" is an excellent starting point and reference book.It is usually at most libraries if you do not want to get it right away. I know it has helped me. Most robots now a says are built on micro-controllers. You need to know a little mechanics (physics and math), electronics. programming, tech intuition, and etc or willing to learn about it.. Hint: you can get dc-dc atx power supplies which makes things a lot easier easier. Good luck.

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Re-design (author)2010-03-16

You can very easily run a desktop computer on 12 volt and 5 volt batteries.  I believe there are instructables.

You'll have to do some programming and adapting to use it for the brains but it's doable.

It might be easier to just start out with a couple of arduinos though.

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epicnoobpwn (author)Re-design2010-05-12

Can you tell me the names of the instructables made on this topic? I searched and searched, but didn't find them.

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