Who doesn’t love a good robot? If you don’t — how dare you! — then this charming little scamp might just bring the hint of a smile to your face.
SDDSbot — built out of an old Sony Dynamic Digital Sound system’s reel cover — can’t do much other than turn left, right, or walk forwards on four D/C motor-controlled legs, but it does so using the power of a Pixy camera and an Arduino. The Pixy reads colour combinations that denote stop and go commands from sheets of paper, attempting to keep it in the center of its field of view as it toddles along. Once the robot gets close enough to the ‘go’ colour code, the paper’s orientation directs the robot to steer itself left or right — the goal being the capacity to navigate a maze. While not quite there yet, it’s certainly a handful as it is.
With the care of a maker, [Arno Munukka] takes us under the hood of his robot to show how he’s made clever use of the small space. He designed a duo of custom PCBs for the motors and stuck them near the robot’s top — you can see the resistors used to time the steps poking through the robot’s case, adding a functional cosmetic effect. The Arduino brain is stuck to the rear, the Pixy to the front, and the power boards are snug near the base. Three USB ports pepper the robot’s posterior — a charging port, one for programming the Arduino, and a third to access the Pixy camera.
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10 thoughts on “The Enchanting Power Of SDDSbot”
Lol it reminds me of a puppy trying to run on smooth tiles.
Needs some little rubber shoes
Cute little bot indeed. To me, this is the next logical step.
If it started talking I think it’d sound like this:
Good ol’ CL4P-TP, god save us all!
I’ve seen that robot live and it’s just great, like all Arno’s project. Little bit strange but just great. And that Pixy camera is a hidden secret, so capable.
The road to skynet is covered with cute robots… Well… okay then :D
I think I heard Clangers.
Reminds me of an old BEAM style walker robot, but with processing power.
So true the dev boards we have now are making the path to so much greater tech
That is presicely what it is, actually :)
Same motion as the Wowwee Quad bot…
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