Arduino Robots

    I bought a Arduino board for a green house project I was planning to do sometime last year. To regulate the temperature, turn on and off lights and fans, data logging, ect. A friend ended up giving me some deadacated hardware making the Arduino project a lot of extra work for very little gain and I abandon it. This little board has been sitting on my shelf for the good part of a year collecting dust.

    A few days ago I saw some videos of sumobots (Robot-sumo, or pepe-sumo, is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo). The robots used in this competition are called sumobots.) on and youtube.

    Instantly fell in love with the idea and started looking for a local robot club that did compations. came up first in google. They do run regulate contests such as Basic Table Top Challenge that look interesting. I was looking for something more competitive but its as good as any place to start.

    I ended up buying a motor shield from that worked perfectly with my RC car that I bought a few years ago. After a few hours of tweaking I was able to write a simple API to control it properly. The RC car only really has two speeds, really really fast and reverse. So it speeds thou the course I programed a little too fast.

    Next is to add sensor to it so it drive its self with out predefining the path. I ordered some medium and short range ultrasonic range finder and a few other toys to play with.

    New words of the week.