Since giving up on my 5 horse robot I couldn't help myself, I wanted to get something to work. So when I found a 110cc ATV on Craigslist for $100 I couldn't help myself! It's taken 2 months but I've finally gotten some of the biggest challenges out of the way: I gave it brakes and steering. I still have to get the motors controlled by the Propeller, but after what I went through to figure out how to setup motors in the first place, the electronics are the easy part.
I still have a long way to go to setup all the electronics, especially since I've invested enough now that my budget is tight until I find a job, but for now here are the goals:
The robot and the controller will use a Spinneret to communicate, using Open-Mesh routers that will allow for an expansion of domain using multiple nodes repeating the data. (phew---long explanation)
Packets will be consistently sent to ensure the robot is in wireless range. If not, it will be able to backtrack using GPS.
The robot will be able to patrol a perimeter for a security guard.
It will be able to travel to set locations, or be given GPS coordinates and autonomously navigate.
Someday (when I can afford it) it will be able to coordinate with a quadricopter to bounce wireless signals down to it for long range wireless communication.
Potential uses someday:
Search & Rescue
Hazardous area surveillance
Sorry for the long explanation, I at least hope you will enjoy following this as I make this thing work! And I look forward to your advice as I move forward so I can avoid costly mistakes (already made a few, guess that means I need you guys!).
Will keep you all posted as I move forward, hope you enjoy the pics!