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SXSW Create

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The Robot Group will be participating in this year’s SXSW Create event at the Long Center, March 13th through the 15th. We will have several displays out including Nomad, Sand Draw, and several smaller robots doing what robots do. Come on out and see us.

Spider

The spider robot at the moment is simply a platform. I don’t have a purpose for it yet. I saw the designs on Instructibles.com and had to make one. The original platform was called Terra Spider. Its original purpose is to perform sampling of contaminated areas that may be too hazardous for humans to work. The concept is a group of these Terra Spiders would be delivered to an area via drone, or quadcopter. Once there they would work cooperatively to cover the area and sample the environment. I don’t have a use or interest in sampling but the platform intrigued me, so I modified it for my own use.

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Nomad

The Nomad is an outdoor roving robot built on the robot chassis kit from Servo City of the same name. It was initially built as an extension of the review I wrote of the chassis for Servo Magazine (which was published in the March 2015 issue). Check out that article for my experience building the chassis and my initial impressions. Here I will discuss more about the technology on board and plans for Nomad.

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Zumo by Pololu

From pololu.com: “The Pololu Zumo robot is an Arduino-controllable tracked robot platform that is less than 10 cm × 10 cm—small enough to qualify for Mini Sumo. It includes two micro metal gearmotors coupled to a pair of silicone tracks, a stainless steel bulldozer-style blade, an array of six infrared reflectance sensors for line following or edge detection, a buzzer for simple sounds and music, a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyro for detecting impacts and tracking orientation.”

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m3pi by Pololu

From pololu.com: “The Pololu m3pi robot consists of a 3pi robot base with a fully assembled m3pi expansion board as its second level. This expansion board enables the use of a powerful 32-bit mbed development board as the robot’s high-level controller, which offers significantly more processing power and free I/O lines than the 3pi’s built-in 8-bit AVR microcontroller. There are also sockets for Wixel and XBee wireless serial modules as well as prototyping space for additional sensors and electronics.”

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