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What Would Go on Your Robot? Answered

Hello! Over the last week or so, I have been creating a mental image of a robot I will be building using Arduino micro-controllers (I will most likely be using four to five+ of them). The robot, as I will design it, will have much more functionality then any one person could use. Let's just say that I'm American and like to overdo things ;)

Now, let's just say that money is virtually no object. I will be able to get steady funding for it, and I plan on spending a span of four years to build it. So far, however, I only have 27 features (which will go unnamed), but I want many many more. In total, I'd like at least 200 unique features. So that brings me to this topic. If you could buy or make your own robot(s), what would you make it/them do? Any suggestions of features will be credited in the completion of the robot. Any and all contributions of ideas are to be of great gratitude from me. Thanks a ton :)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

It really depends:
  • What is the final robot for?
  • Where will it be used?
  • Who will use it?
  • How bit do you expect it to be?
  • What power will be available?
Etc...

So, if you add a few more details, you'll get much more useful suggestions.  After all, if it's going to be a household robot, you won't want a list of weapon ideas, and battlebots have very little use for line-following abilities.




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freethetech
freethetech

Reply 9 years ago

The robot in general would be a "household servant", but it will have things that a servant wouldn't... need? For example, it will have dual speakers built in (that may or may not be used for the robot's actual speech function) that will be able to play audio from an audio jack (for iPods) or, possibly, a CD drive (depends on what I can find). There will, of course, be an amp built in.

I will be adding more and more power to it as I build, for that's not really a problem for me. The funding will allow me to invest in larger power-supplies. It will be able to be charged via either a wall-wart or solar panels mounted on the top.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago


Right, you said money was no object...
  • Floor-cleaning abilities, both carpet and polished floors.
  • Mess-detection (some means of detecting when pets and/or small children have left little messages or vomit around the home).
  • Stair-climber, or an ability to autonomously use a chair-lift.
  • Telepresence - screen & cameras at a reasonable height so that visitors can have a "physically virtual" presence in your home.
  • Skype.
  • Speech recognition
  • Able to interface with mobile phones
    • Acts as a phone itself
    • Links to near-by phones via blue-tooth to become speaker unit for phone.
  • Wifi connectivity - stream your entire music collection to the speakers, not just your iPod.
  • Baby-monitor.
  • Fetch-carry-open items like bottles of beer or cans of pet-food.
  • Fine manipulation for carrying small items, maybe feeding the fish.
  • Able to leave the home and travel the local area, to go on shopping trips (see also telepresence), walk small dogs or accompany children to school.
  • Home/personal defence -
    • Able to patrol an empty home, or a sleeping home. 
    • Able to remotely alert authorities of intruders or emergencies, including sending images of intruders or emergency). 
    • Able to warn intruders about active countermeasures, and then to deploy them (taser, tagging chemicals, DNA-sampling darts).
    • Able to extinguish small-medium fires.
    • Able to deploy defibrillator paddles, possibly for automatic use.
    • Warning siren.
  • Able to recognise and remove weeds, slugs, snails.
  • Able to deploy and control garden devices such as sprinklers and lawnmowers.
  • Able to recognise and deter garden invaders, such as giving a stray cat a squirt of water or a blast of an ultrasonic siren.
That enough to get you going?
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freethetech
freethetech

Reply 9 years ago

Thanks, Kiteman. You are by far my favorite member of this community :)

The majority of those features will most likely be added!.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

>shucks<

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freethetech
freethetech

Reply 9 years ago

I enjoyed reading your "interview" on the frontpage. Question (I just skimmed, so I'm not entirely sure if this was asked) - what is your educational background?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Short version: I'm a science teacher, about to become unemployed when my school closes next Friday.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Oh, I had forgotten you had mentioned that....any prospects ? Or are you retiring early? I hope this doesn't burden you to the point of not being able to continue here, and continue making for here....

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Retire?? I'm only 43!

But, I have an interview Wednesday, and if that doesn't come off I've signed up to be a supply (substitute) teacher in September.

Whatever happens, I won't be leaving the site. In fact, I'll have more time to Make, and I've never done high-budget projects.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Well ok. I am glad you will not suffer from the loss of funds :-)

I have a sneaky suspicion, if they wait that long, that I may be offered an early retirement package at 55, in 2.5 years.   If it is a decent package, I may just take them up on it too. This working nights stuff is for the birds (well, more like for the BATS *sigh*). 

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Goodhart
Goodhart

9 years ago

IF you will have it articulate an arm and hand (for instance) similar to or like a human arm and hand, you have already used up more then your 200 unique features (the movement and use of the hand uses up so many it is almost unbelievable) unless your "features" are generalized things like "grasp a soda can with out crushing it", which involves so many different actions it is hard to imagine "re-writing" code that has already been written and tested.

In other words, you might be reinventing a "very complex" wheel, that has already been in use, and it would be better to start from "where we are" then trying to recreate it all.  It might take you longer then 4 years. . .

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freethetech
freethetech

Reply 9 years ago

Sorry for not being clear, there. They will be general features (pouring a drink, moving by voice command, etc.). The project is supposed to take up the duration of my highschool career. Even should it take longer then four years, I will have no problem at all developing it further.

Yes, I may just be reinventing the wheel, but that's the point. I want to redesign it to my own build. I guess it's just how I am - I will get a better satisfaction out of saying "I built all of this!"

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Ok, I was thinking that, features, meant individual actions, rather then complex actions.

I meant no offense by mentioning that you might be reinventing the wheel, just that, "developing the features" may be enough after using some of what is already known.  Trying to reinvent how each nuance of the hand/fingers, etc, are used, sensed as far as position, and tightness around (any) object, etc, may be far reached, unless you keep the "features" simplistic.

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freethetech
freethetech

Reply 9 years ago

No offense taken, buddy :) I think, even if I can't get any of my idealistic functions to work, it's more of a learning experience.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Oh I have every confidence that you'll be able to get some of them to "work"; although you may not get them to work "the way you would like them too". :-)