Friday, May 28, 2010

So, at the end of the day, this colorful being, and his adventures becoming somewhat autonomous and sentient, and my adventures in communicating with him via his programming, is what this Blog is supposed to be about.

His "name" for, identification purposes only, is NeXTer. His current configuration is actually kind of a "version 2.0" (or maybe 1.5) from a previous design I had that just wasn't working out.

This iteration has a wider footprint and is taller to accommodate additional sensors and circuitry. The arms / motors and arm motor support was also redesigned to be more streamlined, allow better access to the batt compartment and allow space for expansion. Finally the "head" was replaced (it was the LEGO US sensor) with the current design which incorporates a home-made temperature sensor. Between the treads, in front, is a home-made IR proximity detector. This allows obstacle detection near the ground level.

NeXTer will be the "base" of all NXT related projects I intend to do for the foreseeable future. It's my intention to build modules that will attach to him and allow him to perform a respective task.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010