My new robot

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I'm surprised by how good looking it turned out. Amazing what a combination of aluminum and plastic can look like.
Danh
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Yeah, that's a really nice job. Great work!
That iRobot Create platform looks nice. I've beet futzing around on and off for months trying to make a platform for a round droid-style robot. I have the motors, I'm just lousy at making frames and mountings and couplings and whatnot. Maybe I should just get a Create and have done with it (though I'd have to scale back my ambitions a bit, as I don't think it could carry everything I had in mind).
Cheers, - Joe
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The CREATE was a good starting point but I plan on building a more capable robot on a bigger mobile base. In fact, I can remove most of the robot from the CREATE base and transplant it onto a larger base because it's only held on by 4 hex spacers.
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Thats a great bit of kit, well done!
Can i ask a few questions:
Did you write the image processing software? Does it know how far it is from the object by recognising the object and knowing both the absolute position of itself and the plant in the room, or is it determining the position relative to itself via that vision software alone? Can it determine at what angle it approaches the plant? What OS / hardware is the robot running onboard, does it pipe the imaging info back to the laptop for control and identification or does it have on-board image processing and you are just observing?
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The image processing software came with my ER-1 robot kit from Evolution Robotics. The software has a telnet hook that allows other apps to get the image data such as recogized object, distance, x-y position and confidence level. It is based on something called the Sift algorithm and can recogize objects independent of orientation and distance. Unfortunately, it was patented but you can find implementations on the web that I guess would be ok to use for experimental purposes.
All of the code runs on board the robot. I am using WinXP and my own code written in Visual Basic 6.0. I can control my interface remotely by using video conferencing software (Microsoft Netmeeting). I made this project for an iRobot contest and I was under a lot of time pressure. Many of the things I did from a software standpoint weren't elegant but good enough for proof of concept.
Next step is to port things over to vb.net and OpenCV. I'm going to work on code to make the robot semi autonomous - SLAM and obstacle avoidance. I was also looking at Linux but it's a huge learning curve for me compared to Windows.
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Thats great information, cheers - it doesnt look like you were under time constraints so thats even more impressive! I work mainly in RTAI linux for my current work and before that I hadnt ever programmed at all - GUIs are not my strong point which rather hampers my attempts, and when I looked at the various methods of doing GUIs in linux I promptly decided it wasnt going to happen, hence even more impressed by your work. Keep it up!
James
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Hey Dan. I have that software too. Which version are you using ? ( The latest I have is 1.127. ) Which API command do you use to get a recognized object ?
And perhaps more importantly ... did you win the contest ?!?!? :-) Thanks ! JCD
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I used the latest version on the website which I think is the same as yours. To get the image data you have to use these 2 commands after telneting into the robot:
sense objects events
When an object is detetected it will return a string with the object information. I used VB to parse the data into text boxes.
I won't know the contest results until October.
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Man that is a REALLY sharp looking bot! The iCreate logo on the bowl helps make it look very professional. How did you do that ? Does the iCreate come with some logo decals or something like that ?
Anyway, congrats on a *great* build ! jcd
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Adding the logos was something that I decided to do at the last minutes. I just lifted the image from the I Robot website and then printed them on an injet with adhesive paper. The blue logo matched nicely with the blue tubing used for the water pump system. I also found a matching blue water bottle used as the reservoir.
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