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Building a Robot – Assembling a Wish List

After sourcing the motors from eBay, I started to think about the basic features “The Robot” will have, and quickly started to make up a wish list of parts.cerebraldad_stickfigures-Recovered

The featured image above is only inspiration for my own design, alluded to in my swag design

I want “The Robot” to be social and robust. Not only can it do heavy duty work outdoors, but I’ll build in the capabilities to interact with social media via live streaming and post updates. This means it will need an internet connection, and I have plans for cellular integration.

If I want “The Robot” to be autonomous, it will need to know where it is, and GPS is the obvious solution (in combination with proximity sensors). By plotting a perimeter via GPS coordinates, “The Robot” will have its own invisible fence! Simply introducing the GPS feature leads to a need for a GUI (Graphical User Interface) or Web interface. “The Robot” will host its on web server and LAMP Stack development suite via Raspberry Pi 3 with 200GB of Hard Drive space and a Dynamic DNS service – implemented only at run time. Developing a simple REST/Cloud service will allow mobile integration and realtime telemetry.

So, basically “The Robot” will send awesome information to my phone while its running, along with a First Person Video feed (via a UDP/Python connection and 5.8GHz transmission) and other awesome stuff.

This is a rough list of parts:

I’m going to be designing and welding the frame from my CAD drawings (TBD)- “The Robot’s” chassis will completely be made from scratch.
That’s the dream anyway, until I can fund it.
If you’d like to help with the funding of this project, please consider buying something from my “Swag Shop.”
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The sky’s the limit!

I wish…

A question was posed on Cerebral Dad’s Facebook Page, “What you would build if you had the time and money?” – to which my first thought was a long vacation, but that’s not what he was talking about. However, the short answer would be – “I’d automate my house.”

I’d probably start off slow, just being able to control a few lamps, but I’d probably get addicted and before I knew it a holographic Jarvis would be sitting next to me on the couch.

I like projects like that because it allows me to learn as I go, and since time and money are no object, I could afford to make the SEVERAL mistakes I’m sure I would make along the way.

I’ve done several projects that would lead me to being successful if I tried – like my Wifi controlled door lock/actuator (thing):

…and my Bluetooth LED controller:


There is a lot you can do with an Arduino even – the sky’s the limit (really). With all of the technology out there today, I would even be able to purchase a decent system off the shelf, but where is the fun in that?

It’s something I have been thinking about for a long time, but even a budget version would cost 1000’s of dollars that a single income household like mine couldn’t afford.

Great question! Keep them coming! (leave a comment or hit me up on social media)