be sure to check out the ER1 from evolution robotics. iv'e got most of the
interface working, but it is not written as well as some of the guru code.
i had been planning on using mh for awhile to do this and then found the
er1, they are perfect together. slowed down alot recently as i am trying to
get some of my hardware bugs worked out... trying to make a decent
powersupply and reliable charging station. I'd say the biggest pros to the
er1 are object recognition built in, navigation done with strabo - i have mh
commads for goto....bedroom, kitchen...... wireless communication is done.
just slap a wusb11 on there and that's it. it has plenty (in my opion) of
inputs and outputs on board. everything else it needs to know, i tell it
with mh (is sombody in the room, did the doorbell ring.......). cons: 1.
power system not good enough. you need a charger that it can return and dock
with. lots of folks have done this, but i havent worked it out yet. 2.
lack of software development. evolution has stopped working on the
software. what you get is what you get. there are a few things that i wish
they would add but mh majic can work around them.
I'll shut up. if you want more info, let me know. I love this thing, and
would be thrilled if the mh superstars got involved. my robot_er1.pl is in
the public dir
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kirk Bauer" <kirk@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 2:29 PM
Subject: [misterhouse-users] MisterRobot?
> So, I had an idea today. I decided I wanted to make my own robot. This
> project is a bit out of my league, which is exactly why I'm interested
> My initial plan is to create a platform that can handle a reasonable
> amount of weight and can be controlled/monitored wirelessly (from
> Misterhouse) and has plenty of input/outputs available.
> So my first step is to get a platform that can move through wireless
> commands from my computer. I'd like to use an embedded processor like a
> PIC microcontroller or similar since I have experience with these and
> they are low-power and provide a lot of inputs and outputs. But I'm not
> sure what my most cost-effective option there is.
> My biggest concern will be how to control the thing. I think I'd like
> to use my existing 802.11b infrastructure, which means I need a small,
> low-power computer or microcontroller with an 802.11b interface. Any
> Once I get this thing where it can move, my medium-term plan is to put a
> flat top on it and set it up so that Misterhouse can guide it to any
> room in the house, and show its location on the floorplan.pl. This
> would allow me to deliver items from one room of the house to other
> I'll add more in the future, I'm sure, but I think this would be really
> fun to do. I'll have to come up with a way to track the robot's
> location in the house, which will probably be the biggest challenge.
> Would RFID work? Anybody used it yet?
> I guess I'm looking for ideas and any pointers to more information, as
> I'll need a lot of it! :)
> Kirk Bauer <kirk@...>
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