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Friday, March 12, 2010

Brainbot - Outdoor Navigation

So, for the past month or so, I've been putting together a new chassis for Brainbot so I can do some advanced outdoor navigation research. The guys at the lab want me to produce an awesome navigation demo this summer using my ideas from MicroRaptor, so I'm pretty excited about having the chance to really implement some of my ideas on how navigation should be done.

Here's what the chassis looks like right now:

The chassis is an off-the-shelf 1/5 scale R/C rock crawler chassis. I've added the brains from Brainbot (the Core 2 Quad mini-itx), plus the laser scanner and the camera.

I'm currently registered to compete in the RoboMagellan competition being held in Chicago by Chibots this summer - should be an interesting contest...

One I get some reasonable autonomous behavior running, I'll post some video here.


  • Hey great post, looking forward to the next one :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 13, 2010 at 6:42 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 19, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

  • Jon- What kind of camera do you have on there? Looks like some sorta CCD/Cat5 cam.

    By Blogger David J Barnes, At April 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

  • Jon: I dig your bots. However, I'm actually more curious about your uprint FDM machine right now, as I'm thinking about getting one. What are your least favorite things about that device? -Jason-

    By Blogger Unknown, At April 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

  • Very nice design Jon, you could also go and see the guys at Sparkfun with there AVC (autonomous vehicule competition) that was held april 17 btw, I am working on a open source sumo, I will give you some details in a few weeks.

    By Blogger Jerome Demers, At April 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

  • Best of luck Jon!

    By Blogger David J Barnes, At March 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

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