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Stingray Robot

WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
edited May 24 in Robotics Vote Up0Vote Down
Got out my Stingray and ran it around the house tonight avoiding obstacles with its 3 Pings))) - it has feedback on an LCD display. I removed the left and right facing Ping)))s shown in this photo.

What a fun robot this is! I want to give it a try with some BlocklyProp code soon. This version has the original motors (and I have some motor for it with a lower gear ratio).

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"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
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  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    Always a favorite platform of mine, and one of the best-looking robots ever. Keep it up, Boss.

    Any video, or need I simply be a Belieber?
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
    I will get you some video! But blessed are those who believe without needing to see.

    Attached is the update Spin code.
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    Whit wrote: »
    But blessed are those who believe without needing to see..

    Without a doubt, Thomas! :)

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Nice! I happened to be digging through my bench and saw my Stingray tonight as well, tucked away in a drawer. Still setup with the MDF plates I made for it. I was also thinking about my Rocka as well, which is a miniature Stingray. Never finished that one either...
    Rocka: https://forums.parallax.com/discussion/comment/1178342/#Comment_1178342
    Stingray MDF Plates: http://forums.parallax.com/discussion/comment/1204918/#Comment_1204918
    I might have to try out your code....


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  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
    Please do!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Hey, where can I get a stingray?
  • I love the two I got from Chris as well. If you have a good way to do Blockly on it, please let me know, I think my daughter would get into that more! :smile: Heck, I think that would be super fun, actually.
  • Hey, where can I get a stingray?

    The Stingray was obsoleted back in 2013. They are an endangered species and not often seen in the wild anymore. It's been about 3 years since I saw one on eBay. I won mine at the Parallax Expo in 2011. The second link in my post above is for a thread with more details why they were discontinued.
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
    edited May 25 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Those dwg files in the other thread are really nice!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    We three Pings of Parallax are...
    Bearing south we traverse afar
    Programmed by our Brother Whit
    We navigate bit by bit

    Oh... :) :) :)
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • You never fail to come up with something, if is isn't some cool stuff, it's poetry.:smile:
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    Haiku:

    Three Parallax Pings
    Yield Obstacle Avoidance
    Using BlocklyProp

    Sounds quite impressive
    Your still photos are lovely
    But I yearn for more

    Need video soon
    Or else it never happened
    My good friend Sir Whit
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Double-down! I like it!
    :sunglasses:
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
    edited May 26 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco,

    Put your finger here and touch my button, see my LCD display - do not doubt, but believe. Just to clarify, this is running Spin code (not BlocklyProp yet). Notice the brief appearance of my daughter's foot at the end of the second video. According to her, robots are very noisy early on Saturday morning.



    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    Whit wrote: »
    erco,

    Put your finger here and touch my button, see my LCD display - do not doubt, but believe.

    My word and my goodness!

    Amen, Brother Whit, for you have made a belieber out of me!

    And know that father Ken forgives you for not using BlocklyProp!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • zappmanzappman Posts: 371
    edited May 27 Vote Up0Vote Down
    My Stingray robot is named "Freddie", here are 3 pictures of what it looked like in 2013.
    Below is a Picture of my stingray with Pololu "100:1 Metal Gearmotor 37Dx73L mm with 64 CPR Encoder" installed
    ZappBot-Freddie-Robot-2013-06-27%2016.12.00-1600x950-Logo-Text.jpg

    It uses a Pololu Orangutan SVP-1284 Robot Controller https://pololu.com/product/1327

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    It currently has a laser cut plywood top plate, and 20 Volt DeWalt Li-on battery for power.
    I need to find (or take) a photo of what it looks like now.

  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    edited May 26 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Such a spacious hallway. I wish I had room in my tiny LA house to test such a wonderful obstacle avoidance routine!

    Oh give me a home
    Where my Stingray can roam
    Where my S3 and AB can play
    Where never are heard, these discouraging words:
    "Daddy, please put your robots away"
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
    edited May 26 Vote Up0Vote Down
    @zappman - Love Freddie! Really like the ping in the tail wheel space!

    @erco -

    If you want a home
    Where your Stingray can roam
    Where your S3 and AB can play
    I'll give you a word, that you've already heard:
    "Fix up that ole Corvair today!"

    See - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-23/why-you-should-buy-a-1960s-chevy-corvair-right-now
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    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,929
    My Dad had a red Corvair he loved so much!

    Corvair.JPG
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    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    Touché Br'er Whit!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    @Whit : Your bloomberg link led me to this site, which can show you any car in movies & TV. Pretty cool!

    http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles_make-Chevrolet_model-Corvair.html
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,177
    Early model Corvairs were the official car of Ultraman's Science Patrol circa 1966. Plenty good for me! Jump to 5:00:

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
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