Monthly Archives: May 2013

Robot: Solar Tracker on wheels – here we go

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Ah birthdays… I’ve received a bunch of amazon gift cards for my birthday and I think I’ve finally spent all the money. Besides a seat post bike rack, all I bought was electronics stuff; my first robot chassis as well as a bunch of other random stuff… (inductors for trying to do that Disney Touche singing plant project which radioshack does not carry). I’ll mostly be following niltoid as usual but I’m mounting my old solar tracker on top. My Raspberry pi looks pretty good mounted on there, hopefully it will become some super AI brain. I also, like niltoid, bought a HC-SR04 Ultra-sonic sensor (data sheet) which should be fun to try and use. I’m presently looking at this tutorial and this library. Should be fun.

Now onto motor driver:
Ahmad (niltoid’s) code
also looking at this tutorial.

Update: 5.15.2013
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All the parts are hooked up and working. I still need to figure out the power situation as well as re-intergrating the solar charging part but the components are there though the code is rudimentary at the moment, pretty much just a loop to test each component. Now the really fun part begins.