Pete needed a telepresense robot, but they all seemed way too expensive and complicated and hard to buy. He asked me to make one. BitlyBot is a little different than its competitors.
|Commercial Teleprensence System||BitlyBot|
|"underlying technology is very sophisticated"||so simple, a child could build it|
|"is continually connected to a purpose built cloud-computing network that keeps track of its availability and initiates telepresence upon request by a remote user"||uses Facetime or Skype or any other system that can transmit sounds|
|"Handheld Remote Control... for specialized applications... Also sometimes used to enter configuration data"||uses any vintage telephone or answering machine dongle to generate touch tones|
|"starting at under $6,000 plus an annual service contract (about $100 a month)"||buy me dinner in brooklyn sometime|
|"lasts more than 6 hours between charges"||The motor batteries so far last more than a month of normal use. The ipod battery lasts at least a week since it is sleeping most of the time.|
|"an integrated solution that includes custom engendered robotics controllers paired with a network high powered embedded control systems"||a handful of LEDs and a few relays. and some wire.|
|"Built by leading electronics manufacturer.... for highest quality and lowest cost"||Um... Built here.|
Shunned by Radio Shack x-mas shoppers, I was able to pick up a few of these RC trucks for $40 each.
They turned out to be perfect for robotizing because they have 2 motors - one for each side. Skid-steering is easy in binary.
What is brain?
BitlyBot uses a Bi-Dimensional Programmable LED Logic Matrix to map the touch tones into actual motor action. See it in Action!...
|7/30/2012||-||Added schematic drawings|
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