GROUND DRONE PROJECT: A VERSATILE MOBILE ROBOTIC PLATFORM
GROUND DRONE PROJECT: A VERSATILE MOBILE ROBOTIC PLATFORM
Re-invented robotic mobility to conquer stairs, bumps and more! The ground robotic revolution is here! Get a platform while they last!
Re-invented robotic mobility to conquer stairs, bumps and more! The ground robotic revolution is here! Get a platform while they last! Read more
About this project
Ground Drone is the most versatile and affordable stair-climbing robotic platform. The biggest challenge limiting wide-scale adoption of robots in any home, business, or natural terrain environment is lack of mobility, whether it be stairs or other obstacles. And unlike other solutions that only the military can afford, this robot is much cheaper to build, moves much faster, has greater agility, and doesn’t require complex controls to operate.
The Kickstarter campaign aims to bring this innovation to the hands of enthusiasts and hobbyists who will build their own projects on top the robotic mobility platform. For example, early adopters of the platform utilize Ground Drone to enter robotic competitions and teach educational robotics courses.
As seen on:
Ground-drone : noun \grau̇nd-drōn\
1 : An unmanned ground vehicle with superior urban and rural mobility.
2: A ground robotic vehicle that uses Articulated Traction Control Technology as a means of mobility.
We want to lower the cost of ground based drone development for hobbyists and roboticists alike. Ground Drone is a highly mobile robotic platform capable of stair-climbing. You add value with your own control electronics and customizations to create the project or product of your dreams.
Help us bring this technology to everyone!
Here are some of our projects to spark your imagination . . .
The toughest obstacle in building a robotic project is the chassis. A lot of us want to focus on the cool electronics and programming components. However, the available chassis are either too small, or ultra expensive. Further more, current available robotic platform kits can't leave a controlled environment.
In order for a robot to be useful in our world, it must climb stairs. This is an extremely hard problem and as a result, makers spend most of their time trying to solve this problem instead of focusing on their creative and innovative ideas.
We have solved this problem at an affordable cost!
THE VALUE -
Articulated Traction Control Chassis
We provide technology that avoids extra actuators, reduces part complexity, simplifies electrical wiring, and simplifies mobility programming by incorporating the intelligence in the Articulated Joint System.
A chassis overview: Chassis segments A, B, and C are joined by specially calibrated joint panels (inner parts) with optional tread housing panels (outer parts).
32"L x 18"W x 8.5"H
Lots of Extra Space for Electronics!
The three boxes remain primarily empty (450+ sq in empty). Here is where you put whatever motors and actuators you want!
Sticker & T-shirt Ground Drone Project Logo:
Developer's Chassis Kit
Level II Chassis Kit
Level III Kit Includes the following off the shelf items ...
12V, 3000 mAh Ni-Cad battery x 1
Battery charger x 1
152 RPM 12V Pitsco motors/hubs x 6
A complete set of Lynx Motion tank treads x 8 packs
A complete set of Lynx Motion Cogs x 14
DX6e R/C transceiver and receiver x 1
Sabertooth 25x2 Driver Board x 1
ARTI Chassis Hardware x 1
Arti Chassis x 1
If you have questions of how to replace these items with parts of your own, just shoot me a message and I'll let you know what could work!
Inside tread housing:
CHASSIS KIT FILL-OUT COSTS
All B.O.M parts will be available through either Amazon, Mcmaster-Carr or Lynxmotion. You can get a ground drone rolling for as little as $200.00 more, or you can upgrade the kit as far as you want to take it. The price is dependent upon on the electronics and motion systems you choose. Our website will have success stories to guide you on getting started with your kit!
Who's making this happen?
Phillip Walker - Ground Drone project leader and lead engineer. He has a BS in Computer Science from Fordham University.
Dan Barlow - master manufacturer and engineer who studied physics at Hampden-Sydney College.
Alvin Wong - technology evangelist for the Ground Drone project. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and MS in Engineering Mgmt from Stanford.
ULTIMATE REACH GOAL @ $75K:
AFFORDABLE PRO TANK TREADS!
We are talking about 2" to 3" wide, 15" to 32" circular length with grippy material and paddles. We believe we have a solution to this problem and will produce an affordable commercial grade robotic tread system if we reach $75K. But there's still a lot of work to do and the extra money will help us improve our product and in turn backers will have first access.
Checkout our prototypes! We made these from a 3D printed mold! This was continuously molded, no alligator teeth, glue or threading involved.
TECHNICAL DETAILS BELOW -
Modular Design for Fluid Traversal
The platform's sectional design allows it to articulate over obstacles high, low, and complex.
STAIR CLIMBING CYCLE
The Ground Drone design uses a modular system with suspension joints to flexibly articulate up and over a stair-case with constant traction applied to the surface.
Checkout the cycle below to see how a ground drone climbs!
HOLE & DEPRESSION TRAVERSAL
Ground Drones excel in getting in or out of spaces!
Real terrain offers all sorts of mound-like obstacles including fallen trees, dirt piles, rocks and more. The ground drone design attacks these obstacles allowing you more freedom of motion.
Scaling the Design
If you want to make a smaller or larger drone, no problem! Just scale the chassis sections smaller or larger while retaining the ratio. Reuse your joint panels!
PLUG AND PLAY
If you want to remove or add a section go ahead! Simply customize to your needs by connecting two joints together to extend the platform to various sizes.
Add another triangle unit to the back and viola, an omni-directional ground drone!
A suspension shock pushes each section down and forward keeping the drone in constant contact with the surface for maximum traction. Play around with the angles for all sorts of obstacles tall and short!
Risks and challenges
We have tested our production methods and are confident that we can build what we have promised.
Our suppliers have been negotiated and are on standby to provide the materials we need.
We plan to fulfill the orders ourselves but have a strategy in case of unexpectedly large demand.
That said, there will inevitably be minor problems along the way such as the ones that have already been solved by successfully executing smaller scale runs before launching this Kickstarter.
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