[mowbot] Goal Definition

Raymond Skarratt u (skar9500 nospam at mach1.wlu.ca)
Mon, 30 Sep 1996 21:19:35 -0400 (EDT)

Some good discussion so far.

I think that it is safe to say that we all seem to agree to disagree.
There isn't going to be 'one' design that the group is going to be
working on. I think that is fine and pleases the greatest number of
people. I would like to suggest that we try to have some basic features
common to all the mowbots that will be built. Things like frame
construction, batteries, cutting mechanism etc I think can all be agreed
upon. Other things like boundary definition, charging station (or lack
of) can be different and customized to fit individual needs.

Let's now work on setting some concrete objectives as proposed by a
number of members. Things like: battery powered, dimensions, safeness,
continous operation or just once a week (or whatever) etc... make up your
own and share.

My personal objectives are: Battery powered, some solar charging and
possibly a charging station, total stand down when a person or animal
comes within a specified distance, I really like the IR remote for
commands idea (this is an example of a customization), a cutting
machanism that works realitively well but that is also hard to get at and
therefore hard to hurt anyone, I would also like a beast that I let loose
say on a Saturday for the afternoon or something and then take back in
when the lawn is done, I would like to see a burried wire/physical
boundary approach (another example of some possible customization), I
have a very strange lawn and it's going to be sort of hard to get the
'bot to figure it out totally atonomously.

Just my two cents on objectives. Let's see if we can come to some sort
of general, flexible agreement on the basic goals of this project.

We should shoot for some sort of formal 'postable' list by this time next

skar9500 nospam at mach1.wlu.ca