FIRO C1 - A functionless robot
FIRO simply stands for FIrst RObot. It has the extension C1, because it was also my first time working with the C-language. I'm still working on this robot. He is not designed with a particular function in mind. I just wanted to learn about robotics by building him.
The PC will then use the image stream to control the robot via a wireless connection. The intention is to make this fully autonomous, but offcourse the first step is to make it manually controllable. That isn't really hard, you just plug everything in. The camera's adapter is 12V but I tested and it also works on 9V, so I just connected a 9V battery to the camera and had a ride.
Things to come
In case the camera-PC combination fails to sense a hazard, the onboard proximity sensors are ready to support. There are infrared sensors and bumpers. The infrared sensors are mounted underneath the bumbers and can detect edges and walls. The bumpers are the last hope if all other sensors fail.
The informations from the proximity sensors is also send to the PC, but the onboard microcontroller takes over control if one of these sensors is triggered.
I'm still working on FIRO, more information will follow as I get further.