Arduino Operated Quadropod

Recently we have been working on the biggest robot project that I have worked on till now, with my friend Jim Quode. It is a scrap bot at the basic, all the parts, including the gearmotor are homemade. It is controlled with an arduino microprocessor.
This video is for testing its basic movement ability and interaction with the environment with a simple AI.

Quadropod AI Test from MrBeaver on Vimeo.

  1. #1 by DeadReckoning on April 27, 2011 - 7:29 pm

    Arduino is NOT a microprocessor (that IC on the board is called a microcontroller for a reason). But thanks to that piece of crap, even little kids claim to build robots. Learn some basic computing skills and terminology first. And your PCB’s are crap at best (Jeffrey). I’d be embarrassed to put the pictures of such cheap solder and etch work here. You can only cheat kids with your not-so-original toys, not real computer scientists or engineers like us. Mr. Walkman! Mark Tilden would be proud! I’m onto you and your team. I wanna see if you’re such a big talker in real life as well. Can’t wait for your next show!

  2. #2 by jimqode on April 27, 2011 - 8:29 pm

    Hello DeadReckoning from Istanbul. We agree that Arduino is not a microprocessor, thank you for pointing that out. However we don’t think an easy developer board and C IDE that enables “even little kids to build robots” should be called a “piece of crap”.

    Jeffrey has two PCBs as most of our robots do. One is a prototyping board, which we use to make a prototype (duh), the other is the etched PCB version. Prototype board is meant to be messy, because that is where we try out different ideas and configurations. We frankly don’t see anything wrong with the etched PCB though. Could you be so kind to point us where exactly our faults in etching and soldering lie? Also you forgot to mention how crappy our casing is, so I presume you somehow like it.

    Yes, what we are making are toys at best and we are aware of that. Making robots is our hobby and we have other day jobs. When we were starting this blog, the thought of impressing “real computer scientists or engineers” didn’t even cross us once. I’m sure your soldering and etching work, which you deny us the chance of seeing by not giving us a link, is more awesome beyond measure.

    Besides, I wouldn’t want to discourage you but we don’t do shows. Nevertheless we are trembling with fear about the idea of a “real computer scientist” being onto us. Thank you for your enlightening comment and hope to see you again soon.

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