Cypherbot uses older uC and retro-controller

[PJ Allen] has been working on a little robot which he calls Cypherbot. The control circuitry is quite familiar; a Board of Education which features the Basic Stamp 2 microcontroller. This is an older and slower microprocessor, but it works quite well for this application since there’s no need for speed or heavy number crunching. The wheels of the bot are made out of plastic lids (we’re thinking peanut butter jars) with rubber bands for traction that are each driven by a servo motor. The third wheel is tiny and swivels as needed.

The front of the bot has a PING ultrasonic sensor mounted on a servo motor which lets the bot scan back and forth for a wider obstacle avoidance angle. In addition to the autonomous mode there’s an Xbee remote control. [PJ] picked up an Atari keyboard and is using that as the user input. Check out the little guy driving around the house in the video after the break.

Comments

  1. Alex says:

    The BS2 isn’t that old…

  2. jmicz3d says:

    My first microcontroller was a basic stamp 2, at the time I had no use for anything faster.

  3. strider_mt2k says:

    Let me be the first to compliment he wheels!
    Resourceful and well implemented!

    Nice project.

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    WAIT!

    -and the controller? RETRO GOODNESS!!

  5. KillerBug says:

    Very creative…now he just needs to remove the rubber bands so it can do burnouts and remove the sensor so it can crash into things!

  6. jmicz3d says:

    @KillerBug

    Good idea, except he also needs to ad some bumpers and a more powerful motor so not only can he crash, he can also destroy things with it.

  7. Dan Fruzzetti says:

    The “third wheel” is called a caster. Come on, hackaday; diverse vocabulary is part of hacking.

  8. Jim says:

    There’s plenty of great uses for Basic Stamps. Glad to see they’re still being used and generating hack articles!

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