Propeller-based robot with basic object avoidance

propeller_development_robot

The Parallax Propeller is a pretty powerful MCU as [Dino] recently discovered in his latest Hack a Week installment. He wanted to build a simple robotics platform that he could use for testing out various sensors, and he figured he might as well learn about a different type of micro controller in the process.

He pieced together his robot using a pair of old Roomba motors he had sitting around, mounting them on a standard RadioShack project box. A Propeller MSR1 control board runs the show, and a Propeller PING sensor is used to get an idea of what the robot’s surroundings look like. He is an admitted newbie when it comes to using Propeller micro controllers, but [Dino] was able to give his robot some rudimentary object avoidance abilities fairly easily. A few small bugs aside, he had the robot up and running in short order, a testament to how easy it is to work with the Propeller platform.

Stick around to see a brief video covering the robot’s construction we have embedded below.

Comments

  1. crazymike says:

    I remember making this exact same type of robot with a BASIC Stamp II about ten years ago, great times playing with stamps!

  2. Ecchin says:

    Wall… e?

  3. mrguyorama says:

    @ crazymike: I have that exact kit right now. Basic object avoidance is one of the experiments the project book walks you through

    He thinks he is a newbie? HA! I havent even memorized the resistor color codes

  4. KillerBug says:

    It looks really neat…but no weapons? What is the point of a robot if you can’t use it to fight other robots?

  5. Dino says:

    Next project with involves LAZERZ!!

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    Anyone else think the base had propellers in it?

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