The Office Robot

At my office, it’s pretty common practice to work from home.  But when I’m working from home, I lose touch with what’s going on at work.  And we have a few people on the team who live in a completely different province.  What if we could have a robot that could be controlled over the Internet, and provide a way for people to remotely interact with each other?

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The Tiny Desk Robot

I’m working on a tiny robot that’ll crawl around my desk at work, and provide endless hours of amusement.  The design is starting to take shape, but this is where I’m at so far:

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I’m in the process of prototyping the wheels and gears, to see whether they’ll actually work.  I’m not sure about the bottom:

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As you can see, it’s a differential-drive robot.  I’ve gone completely overboard on the number of IR sensors, but I want to have fun with it.  I’d like to be able to have this thing perform line following, collision detection (or prevention), and cliff detection.  So it can zip around the top of my desk without a care in the world!