[mowbot] Web exploration

robin nospam at acm.org
Fri, 25 Oct 1996 02:01:56 +0100

Here are some more mobile robot sites I have found very interesting
and maybe worthy of inclusion as links on the Mowbot pages:

<A HREF="http://lamiwww.epfl.ch/Khepera/">The K-family: the Khepera and Koala mobile robots</A>
<A HREF="http://www.ifi.unizh.ch/groups/ailab/robots/commercial-robots/lawnmower.source">Commercial Lawnmower Robots</A>
<A HREF="http://pw2.netcom.com/~mandtsys/robots.html">Walking robots</A>
<A HREF="http://www.mil.ufl.edu/robots/cyclops/">Robot: Cyclops</A>

I am hoping to start playing with an old commercial tracked chassis
which will be useful for some sensor experiments. Unfortunately the
manufacturer is no longer around, so this isn't a good basis for the
future. Does anyone know of any cheap mobile platforms we could adopt?
Or suggest a low-tech way to build one? I envisage a solid square of
chipboard, say 0.5x0.5m (20"x20"), with two motors bolted to it and crude
wheels made from something suitably round (like the ends of a large tin
can perhaps). We would probably need to buy motors as they have to be
quite chunky, and I think it's worth getting a small lead-acid motorcycle
battery too as it is sure to come in handy. Any thoughts?


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