Seek N' Sneak - Your robust robotic pet.
Arduino powered self-controlled robot which is able to find objects, grab and relocate them and do many other funny an useful things!
Seek N’ Sneak is an Arduino powered self-controlled robot which is able to run around, find objects, grab them, relocate them and do many other useful and funny things.
Why did we develop this robot? There is a very short answer: kids! They need 10 to 30 minutes (depending on their temper) to scatter literally all the toys they have over their rooms, so initially we were looking for some way to automate a tedious process of daily toys collection. We solved this problem, but we realized that there are many other cool applications for this robot. We found that our robot can be smart, fast, strong, fearless and funny, just like a badger, and we named it Seek N’ Sneak.
- Seek N’ Sneak robot at a glance.
The two driving wheels of this robot are powered by independently controlled motors and equipped with 128-steps-per-revolution encoders allowing for precise control of the angular position of the wheel, as well as its velocity and acceleration.
An independent 2D orientation of the rover is provided by two side mounted IR proximity meters. Objects are detected by the third centered IR proximity meter. The three IR sensors can be replaced by one PING)))™ Ultrasonic Distance Sensor.
The arm is run by 3 super-strong servo-motors, so it is fast and powerful enough to push up about 3 pounds, or even lift the robot itself, or throw objects.
Seek N’ Sneak is an Arduino Mega 2560 powered robot. The robot software is completely open sourced, so you can either use the original software which has already been developed for you, or you can modify it as you please to meet your demands. You can then use commands like LOOK FOR AN OBJECT, GRAB or THROW instead of writing low-level code to control the sensors, motors and servos directly or develop your own way of thinking for the robot from scratch using the Arduino integrated development environment.
Though Seek N’ Sneak was designed as a fully autonomous, upgradable robot. There is plenty of space inside the body of the robot to extend Arduino board with extra sensors or with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth shields to establish communication with a computer or remote control.
Seek N’ Sneak’s body and arm parts, depending on the kit you choose, are made of either 5mm laser cut black acrylic glass, 3mm laser cut galvanized aluminum or 2mm milled carbon-fiber composite.
8.4 - 9.6V accumulator (not included*) is used as the only power supply.
- What can Seek N’ Sneak robot do?
The most impressive thing is that the robot runs as a fully independent unit:
- it can find and collect objects on the ground,
- chase and attack other robots
- you can make it organize your living space, placing things back in place whenever they are found where they should not be.
You are only limited by your imagination.
- What Seek N’ Sneak robot can't do?
- it can't fly... yet,
- it has no any "+18" application, at least we did not try,
- we did not integrate the Three Laws of Robotics in the robot's brain yet, so be careful :).
-Can you use it?
-What does SN’S kit include?
-Seek N’ Sneak evolution.
We made a lot of modifications, but most of them were made on paper. In the end there was only one predecessor which successfully solved the problems of self-orientation and finding objects. It looked like this:
- Why does the project need your support?
- How else can You help?
- Alex Stolpovsky for providing various tools and parts.
Risks and challenges
We have 3 working prototypes of the Seek N’ Sneak robot and all tests of the robot have been successfully completed. The next task mainly focuses on finding suppliers and packing service.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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