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funkyguy4000

Hello,

So i'll be developing a robot, and it will have certain add-ons that you can purchase as well.

So, if you had a robot, what would you want it to be able to do?  Like practical things, nothing around the lines of, "carry my step-mom out of the house" or "take over the world and only respond to me"
Accelerate to 88 miles per hour.

CrossRoads

So start smaller - "take over my block and only respond to me" :)

I'd like one to change the oil on my car.
Or mow my lawn.
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wildbill

My neighbours would love it if I had a robot that could remove all the dandelions from my lawn. I'd prefer one that could lubricate the chain on my motorcycle.

CrossRoads

Yeah, I'd go for a dandelion removing robot about now too!
Designing & building electrical circuits for over 25 years.  Screw Shield for Mega/Due/Uno,  Bobuino with ATMega1284P, & other '328P & '1284P creations & offerings at  my website.

Arrch

Add chlorine to the pool, mow my lawn and trim the edges.

funkyguy4000

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May 07, 2012, 10:45 pm Last Edit: May 07, 2012, 10:47 pm by funkyguy4000 Reason: 1
a dandelion removing robot? I can do that


What else besides lawn care, haha
Accelerate to 88 miles per hour.

wildbill

Not enough of a challenge?

Ok. Go up the stairs to my bedroom, grab all the dirty clothes from the laundry basket. Take them to the utility room, throw them into the washer with an appropriate amount of detergent and run the wash cycle. Extract them and move them to the dryer. When you're done, fold them and return them to my room. Just put them on the bed - I'll put them away.... unless you're looking for extra credit  ;)

edit: Oh, and enquiring minds (my neighbours) want to know - when can you deliver the dandelion robot

funkyguy4000

Dandilion: Use a color filter to guide the robot.  Can use an IR led thing to emit lines to mark property lines.  only need one linear actuator to disperse the weed killer.  could have an average sized lawn done it about 1.5 hours max. 

Clothes: Ehhh that would be tough considering there would be alot of strength needed in the robot. 

Any other ideas?

Note: the robots will have a theft protection, so if it does get stolen, you'll just show them the id of the robot and they'll track it down and bada bing bada boom.
Accelerate to 88 miles per hour.

keeper63@cox.net

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May 08, 2012, 12:05 am Last Edit: May 08, 2012, 12:06 am by cr0sh Reason: 1
How about this: Start "simple", then move from there. I'll actually give you a problem to solve; while it sounds simple, it is anything but:

Build a robot which can navigate from room to room in a house, avoiding obstacles in its way. How it avoids these obstacles is up to you (ie, what sensors you want to use), but the robot needs to be able to:

a) know where it is in the house
b) know where it was
c) know when the immediate environment changes, and adapt

Room beacons or other external novelties are allowed; You can have a "built in" map, or it can build the map from experience (i'd suggest the latter). You should be able to have the robot randomly move from room to room, and also be able to "tell" the robot a "trip" (go to room A, then B, then C, then return - or something of that nature), and it should be able to follow that plan.

As I noted before - this sounds easy, but it is far, far from it. In fact, it isn't a completely solved problem. The problem (which doesn't have a general solution yet - but there is much study on it!) is called SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simultaneous_localization_and_mapping

You could easily spend a few years of learning and research on this one area alone; it has many, many practical uses in robotics (and a few other fields; but mainly robotics).
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Brad Burleson


Build a robot which can navigate from room to room in a house, avoiding obstacles in its way.


Once that's working, how about adding the ability to open the fridge and bring me a beer?

Talk about solving real world problems.

Brad.

funkyguy4000

I could figure something like that out, no problem.  Only issue is that i'm not that experienced in wireless networking, although I'll be checking it out soon enough as I am working on getting funding through either kickstarter or the university of wisconsin system.

Keep in mind that this will be ONE robot doing these various things.  I'm still working out the kinks on design and such until I get it actually down on blueprints. 


Any more ideas?
Accelerate to 88 miles per hour.

SirNickity

dirty clothes ... washer ... dryer.


In all seriousness, why is this still a problem?  We've invented stackable appliances, and front-loading washers.  What's the hold-up with a one-into-the-other, or single-drum washer/dryer combo?

I'm telling you, if I ruled the world, there would be changes around here. ]:)

On the topic of mechanized lawn-care, I recently acquired an old robo-mower that I can lobotomize.  I have no plans for dandelion picking, but I'm keen on any discussion regarding boundary navigation.

P.S., would this robot look good in a dress?

Arrch


funkyguy4000

uhh, maybe the dog can play fetch with the robot by the robot running away and then the dog brining it back
Accelerate to 88 miles per hour.

CrossRoads

See what happens when you ask too broad of a question?
PBS just had a show on about robots doing stuff around the house.
Robot had trouble putting dishes in dishwasher.
Robot had trouble opening closing fridge - got claw/hand stuck in door handle, was close to tipping the fridge over.

Cost? I am sure I will not be ponying up that kind of money any time soon.
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