I love building and programming mobile robots and because of my love of mobile robots, mobile phones/tablets and the Arduino, I combined them to make a prototype called the "RK-1".
The RK-1 is a fun mobile robot, that uses an ad hoc wifi connection, which is controlled using your iOS or Android device.
The control board on the robot is built on the Arduino hardware/software architecture, which is open source, and the controller software and hardware will also be available open source. The idea is to give the community the ability to make Arduino projects mobile. There is no end to what you can do- you can add sensors and actuators to this fun little device and control it remotely.
I have implemented a new and amazing way of controlling the robot using swipe gestures.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
I want to share my love of mobile robots with the community. So, I need your help, please fund me so I can develop a better control board, better robot chassis, and make some awesome software for iOS and Android devices.
I need funds to prototype different ideas and to buy better engineering equipment, which will help me build an affordable, awesome mobile robot platform with super awesome software!
WHAT DO YOU GET?
For pledges of £150 or over, you will get a mobile robot kit, which you need to assembled (great for all the hackers out there).
Build the robot, download the app from Apple's iTunes app store or from Google play, and the robot is ready to be driven.
The mobile robot comes in the following colors: clear, amber, green, neutral, red, yellow.
- Programmable Arduino microcontroller
- Wireless control over wifi
- Dual H-bridge motor controller
- LIPO battery (chargeable via a mini USB cable)
- Stylish acrylic base
- Tank tracks and DC motors
Note: A wifi enabled iOS or Android device is required to control RK-1
The software to control the robot is available via Apple's iTunes app store or Google play (it's free!).
The robot is controlled using swipe gestures. So, just swipe the screen up, down, left, and right to make the robot go in those directions.
It is possible to read analog signals from devices (i.e. sensors) connected to the Arduino micro controller. You can also change the state of digital ports from HIGH to LOW.
With your support, I can improve the software that interacts with the Arduino. A mature application will also support your favorite sensors and breakout boards.
- Thank you to Arduino for an amazing open source microcontroller platform!
- Thank you to Fritzing for their amazing open source PCB design software and fabrication lab.
- Thank you to Reetu Kansal for her support in designing the robot chassis and testing the prototypes, for the hard work in setting up the RK-1 website and her contribution to the awesome video.
Without you guys, this mobile robot would not be possible, thank you!
The music in the video is by "Pierlo" and the track is called "San Diego Cruisin", and it's an awesome tune!
£15,000 - Support for shields will be added to the circuit design
£25,000 - The FTDI programmer will be included on the circuit
£35,000 - A range sensor will be built into the circuit and the chassis
£50,000 - Support for a camera will be added for live video streaming
Risks and challenges
The first challenge was to build a mobile robot prototype that can carry an Arduino project and control it via an iOS device. That has already been done!
The next mission is to optimize the control board and make it available for purchasing from the web store. I need better engineering equipment and funding support from you to prototype and build the prefect brain for the RK-1 platform.
I need to improve the chassis so it is even more robust, functional, and affordable. I need enough funding so I can get my own laser cutter to make new designs, and prefect the chassis that holds the brain for RK-1.
I need to improve the RK-1 iOS and start writing the Android software, and I want the community to get involved with ideas and requests because RK-1 is for you!
Your support and funding will enable me to develop a very cool mobile robot platform!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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