LaptopWheels Robotic Platform




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

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction


    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.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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_1video_2 (The second video was shot in inadequate lighting)

    That comic is really great :)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You ought to embed the videos into the slideshow description. The code for that is as follows:
    [[Video(, {width:425, height:350})]]
    Just change the URL to the video you want, that is for the first video.