[Renee] dropped a tip to let us know about EddiePlus, her balancing robot creation. As its name might imply, EddiePlus is controlled by an Intel Edison processor. More specifically, [Renee] is using several of Sparkfun’s Edison Blocks to create Eddie’s brain. EddiePlus’ body is 3D printed, while his movement comes from two Pololu DC motors with wheels and encoders. The full build instructions are available as a PDF from [Renee’s] Google drive.
Eddie is able to balance and drive around on two wheels, much like a Segway. Sensor data for balance comes from Sparkfun’s LSM9DS0 based Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) block. In this new “plus” version of Eddie, [Renee] has added encoders to the robot’s wheels. This makes it easier for him to adapt to changing loads – such as pumping iron (or banana plugs as the case may be). The encoders also help with varying terrain, as [Renee] demonstrates by tilting a board as Eddie drives on it. Eddie’s code is written in C, and available on Github. Controlling Eddie is as easy as sending simple commands via UDP.
As you might imagine, the Intel Edison still has plenty of cycles left over after computing Eddie’s balance. [Renee] uses some of these with a webcam based teleoperation mode.
Click past the break to see Eddie in action!
11 thoughts on “EddiePlus, The Edison Based Balancing Robot”
It will soon become conscious, consult the oracle, kill his father, and have kids with its mom.
I don’t see what the webcam is doing. Wow, so much computing power not being used.
“As you might imagine, the Intel Edison still has plenty of cycles left over after computing Eddie’s balance. [Renee] uses some of these with a webcam based teleoperation mode.”
The webcam streams fpv video to the controller.. currently we have client software running on IOS, Android, and Windows..
Very nice. How fast is the Edison?
500mhz dual-core Intel Atom with a gig of ram. Pretty speedy module. I have a bunch at work that we have been playing with, they are pretty neat.
I have to practice my stabbing..haaHAA!
+1 for the reference :)
What’s the matter, Red? You scared?
Very nice work! The build quality looks wonderful.
A balancing robot has been on my todo list for a while, I think it would be very fun.
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