This is the result of a small mechatronics project I've working on for a few weeks to help broaden my software development skills.
I'm currently mechanising the prototype of my scaled up flexible robot arm (commonly called a spine robot).
After an extended holiday in Wellington, New Zealand, I'm getting back into making my mechanical creations. My next project is a flexible robot arm that will be able to operate in a inverted dome-shaped workspace.
I've had a robot arm sitting around for a few years and kept telling myself I'd dust it off and use it for a cool project, but never got to it until now.
I've recently put together these almost identical twin robots to test some community behaviour programs, such as follow the leader.
Building on from my work in my last post, I purchased another 2 ultrasonic distance sensors and added some additional logic to my existing code to make it easier for the robot to avoid obstacles in its path.
Inspired by an article by John Boxall for Little Bird Electronics I recently bought myself a Parallax Ping))) Ultrasonic Distance Sensor to try out.
Even though one can easily buy hobby servos online, I thought I'd have a go at making, and programming, one with some spare parts I had laying around to see how they tick.