Feb 14, 2009
Robot from household materials
CDs? Check. Mouse? Check. Tires from toys? Yep. Okay you're ready to make a robot. It might require a couple more parts, (Arduino board, servo motor) but not much! Its a fully functional self-guiding robot that uses a computer mouse as its vision, and a CD as its body. A work of art, and a new friend/pet all in one.
Using an optical mouse for navigation, modified servos for propulsion, and a lens on mouse sensor to track movements in the surroundings, this robot studies the use of optical flow for robotic navigation.