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SeeBot1

This group is for people working on the SeeBot1 project from the November/December issue of Robot magazine.

SeeBot1 is a Robot Vision Toolkit / RobotSee based Robomagellan robot.

Members: 5
Latest Activity: Aug 12, 2013

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Starting my own SeeBot

Started by Brad May 26, 2011. 0 Replies

Starting off with everything listed except for the Hummer. I'm using a Dodge truck. The pins for controlling the Dodge is a little different. If you are reading the letters on the chip the upper…Continue

arduino

Started by Charles Ford May 20, 2011. 0 Replies

I have been looking over the SeeBot1 code and pdf files.  I am getting to understand some of the Robot See language.  I am somewhat knowledgeable about the Arduino code.  I want to hook an Arduino to…Continue

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Comment by Michael O'Brien on November 3, 2011 at 11:02pm
Do either of you gentlemen have an operational SeeBot1 yet?  I would like to compare notes.  I teach a high school robotics class and will be starting work on our SeeBot1 where last years class left off.
Comment by Michael O'Brien on November 11, 2011 at 12:08am

I have come a long way toward having an operational SeeBot1.  I have good serial communication between the netbook and the basiic stamp (no small feat in itself).  I am able to get, process and execute commands from the netbook.  A bug in the example program prevented processing all but the first webcam servo command and the first heading command.  I was able to fix this without changing the intended functionality.  Next on the agenda will be testing the webcam method for finding and tracking to a cone.  Once I have a working prototype I plan on using a Lynxmotion 4WD rover for an all terrain base for the SeaBot1.  The 4WD SeeBot1 will be this years class project.  I can provide photos and documentation for the prototype, when complete, if anyone is interested.

Comment by Michael O'Brien on March 7, 2012 at 6:42pm

Good news!  We now have a working prototype that sports all the functionality that Eric intended for this project.  We ran into one more bug during testing cone tracking that involved flags but were able to fix this without much trouble.  We intend to demonstrate the prototype at the Parallax  Robotics & Microcontrollers Expo April 13th and 14th.  I can provide photos and documentation for the prototype if anyone is interested.  Let me know.

Comment by Michael O'Brien on April 3, 2012 at 3:40pm

We are building our SeeBot2 and are using a netbook with a 16Gb SSD.  So disk space is at a premium.  Does anyone know how to load the driver for the Logitech C500 WebCam without loading the WebCam applications also?  I have the smart installer (lws210.exe) and the full installer (lws210_full.exe).

Comment by Michael O'Brien on August 12, 2013 at 5:13pm

Its been a while since I reported progress on our SeeBot project but I will give a quick overview here.  SeeBot1 was similar to the SeeBot1 Eric described in his Robot Magazine article.  We used it as a platform to debug the software.  We got it working well but the two wheel drive and large turning radius of the conventional steering were problematic for use off road.  SeeBot2 used the standard Lynxmotion 4WD rover chassis and allowed us to modify the software for use with differential drive and the Lynxmotion speed control.  The motors and tires were not big enough for any rough off road use but the bot worked very well otherwise.  SeeBot 3 added larger tires and stronger motors which allowed rough off road use including steep climbing and tight turns.  We also added steering which was proportional to the error (Command True Heading - Actual True Heading).  SeeBot3 is SeeBot2 on steroids and is truly awesome.  This school year I hope to have two groups optimizing the two SeeBot3s we built through friendly competition under SRS rules.  In the future I would like to explore color line following and motion following.  The following YouTube videos show the progression of our SeeBots.

NUHSSeeBot1

NUHSSeeBot2

NUHSSeeBot3 

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