The LynxBot talks to a laptop computer through a USB port using the RoboRealm software just like my big robot Ethel in fact they use the exact same VBscript with little or no modification. So now if I get an idea late at night I can easily test it right away before I forget what the heck I was pondering while watching a rerun of Mythbusters or just hanging out on the outdoor work table.
I added the Dave Brown Lite Flite wheels to the basic
BoeBot chassis and then mounted the black box.
Boy I only have 30 unused servo control ports left. I
hope that's enough for world domination and stuff.
First test included getting the LynxBot talking through
RoboRealm to the Logitech Mouse and Joystick. The test was successful
and the controls, software and drive train hardware are playing nicely
together.. The next step is to add a usb hub to my laptop and then a usb
camera to the LynxBot so it can see the world...
With a quick bit of electrical tape and a piece of aluminum I added a $15.00 Emprex usb web cam to the LynxBot.
The LynxBot is connected to the Laptop computer with usb
extension cables. The one's I'm using have blinking LED's for a little
extra bling. I was wondering if they would effect the vision processing,
so far I haven noticed a problem.
Now with all the parts installed I downloaded the object tracking program from the RoboRealm web site and the spent a bit of time modifying it's values to work with the SCC-32 board and the Emprex camera. After about three hours of testing tweaking the VBscript code and then re-testing, I got it all working . Wow! This is neat a machine that can actually see and then turn and track a colored ball. Plus it can judge its distance from the colored ball and maintain it's distance from the ball. This make the Lynxbot kinda like a well trained puppy Dawg. You can see the amazing LynxBot in action below.
Ethel (the robot)