What next?

Over the coming weeks/months this is what I would like to achieve – unfortunately work has got in the way recently!!

  • Add a robotic arm/gripper so I can pick up and carry items
  • Add Knight Rider style lights to the front – not very functional I know but will look cool (and I grew up loving KITT as a child!)
  • Create Python app (or web interface) to show webcam view, allow control of robot and to show ultrasonic sensor readings
  • Improve code so when sensors detect an obstacle it can stop or manoeuvre round it
  • Write some code to make it autonomous, so it can explore house/garden and find its own way around
  • Add the ability for the robot to speak and to do speech recognition
  • Make more use of the camera so it can recognize items or even do facial recognition
  • I would also like to make use of the PiJuice which I have backed through Kickstarter to add an alternative power source with rechargeable battery and a solar panel so that the robot can recharge itself


List of parts used so far

Chassis  – http://www.technobotsonline.com/makerbeam.html

Floor / Motor Guards – http://www.technobotsonline.com/perforated-metal-sheet-200x110x0.5xs3mm.html

Wheels – http://robosavvy.com/store/dagu-pack-of-4-all-terrain-wheels-metallic-silver.html

Top/Lid = cut to size aluminum – http://metalcuttosize.co.uk/index.php/

PiBorg Reverse – https://www.piborg.org/picoborgrev

PiBorg BattBorg – https://www.piborg.org/battborg

PiBorg UltraBorg and 4x HC-SR04 ultrasonic modules – https://www.piborg.org/ultraborg

Raspberry Pi 2 – https://www.amazon.co.uk

Raspberry Pi Camera – https://www.amazon.co.uk

Wireless Dongle – https://www.amazon.co.uk

Bluetooth Dongle – https://www.piborg.org/accessories/bluetooth

6 x 12v 100 RPM motors = http://www.piborg.org