Hi Everyone, Oculus (www.xaxxon.com/oculus) is an arduino-based netbook ROV-robot platform, with features and software that allow it to be used as a long-term remote-surveillance system, or telepresence robot.
It consists of an adjustable frame that holds most small laptops with 11" screens or smaller, complete with powered wheels and a tilting periscope for the laptop's built-in webcam. You can control it over the internet using any PC web browser, or iOS or Android device Open source control software is available as a free download; project link: code.google.com/p/oculus OR it can be controlled via RoboRealm Computer Vision software and their Oculus plugin (www.roborealm.com), allowing autonomous navigation
Power and communication to the system is supplied entirely via USB. The laptop's battery is charged using its own stock charger, routed through the included charging base. The bot docks automatically with the charging base through computer-vision navigation.
It uses an arduino based microcontroller with integrated L293D H-bridge for low-power DC motor control www.xaxxon.com/oculus/arduinoculus Remaining ATmega328 pins have been brought out to headers on the board, so sensors, lasers etc. can easily be added
We've recently launched the kits for pre-sale, on our kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289767902/oculus-telepresence-robot?ref=af Prices start at $225, and bundles with reduced-price RoboRealm software are available.
Please post any questions/comments, and visit our home page for more info www.xaxxon.com