Re: [mowbot] The grass keeps getting longer

GH LATTA (gh nospam at
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 13:37:06 -0800

Hey, glad to hear this is not all dead. I'm still collecting parts for my
planned mowbot but expect it to take a couple of years.

Anyway, its good to know you're back.

G.H. Latta

Dave Everett wrote:

> Greetings fellow Mowboters,
> If any of you are still around that is :)
> I have been so busy these last few months, I've hardly had any opportunity
> to work on my robots. At present I have 4 robots underway, Grassy - the
> lawnmower, a vacbot, a biped and a new large domestic robot.
> You may remember that I have changed the course of my mowbot and the
> picture I have online is not representative. One of the decisions I made
> was to treat the design like a commercial design, so I am having parts
> made, and casting others in plastic. This can lead to long delays and other
> headaches, but I'm certain it will lead to a better robot.
> On the vacbot front I bought an old Superbug vacuum in a pawn shop and will
> be modifying that for robotic control. There isn't much room inside when
> the guts are stripped out. I'm hopeful that everything will fit in.
> Those of you who read comp.robotics.misc regularly may have seen a message
> regarding the use of studfinders for robotic obstacle detection. The basic
> studfinder is a capacitive sensor which works well for non-metallic
> obstacles. I have designed up a circuit which seems to work quite well and
> I plan to use that in the vacuum nozzle.
> I will post the circuit to the website when I've fully tested it.
> I've had quite a few enquiries about the website as usual, plenty of people
> asking for references to other sites and information in general. There are
> a few university level mowbot projects going on that aren't online yet. I'm
> hoping to get links to these projects soon. I also receive email from
> people not on the list who are also building domestic robots of various
> kinds, and I hope to have pictures and information from them on the site in
> the near future.
> I'd like to ask all members how their own projects are going?
> Dave Everett
> Domestic Droids Website