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Feel like taking a long walk, but can’t be bothered with carrying your drinks? Have no fear, this  “Follow Me” Cooler Bot is here!

Really just a mobile platform with a cooler on top, the robot connects to smartphone via Bluetooth, following it using GPS. Making the platform involves a little woodworking skill, and an aluminium hub with a 3D-printed hub adapter connects the motors to a pair 6″ rubber wheels with a swivel caster mounted at the rear. A pocket in the platform’s base houses the electronics.

The Arduino Uno — via an L298n motor driver — controls two 12V DC, brushed and geared motors mounted with 3D printed brackets, while a Parallax PAM-7Q GPS Module in conjunction with an HMC 5883L compass help the robot keep its bearing. A duo of batteries power the motors and the electronics separately to prevent  any malfunctions.

Controlling the platform is done on an Android smartphone using Blynk. Ease of use and the ability to set basic commands to be sent to the robot over a desired connection type made it ideal for this helpful little ‘bot.

There isn’t anything more complicated going on — like obstacle avoidance or sophisticated pathfinding — so you kinda need a clear line between you and the cooler. Still, beverage storage is a great feature to add to you tag-along robot companion. It seems to work just fine.


Filed under: Arduino Hacks, gps hacks, robots hacks

seacharger1Damon McMillan built a robotic boat. Not just any robotic boat. This one is sailing across the world's oceans. And it's just simple and elegant enough to work.

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The post Did a Solar-Powered Autonomous Boat Just Cross the Pacific Ocean? appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

The world’s first Android autonomous vehicleLearn how a team of students created the first Google Android-based autonomous R/C car, able to detect lanes, avoid obstacles, self-park, and more.

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The post Build Your Own Android-Powered Self Driving R/C Car appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

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Self-Driving R/C Car Parks Itself Just Like a Lexus

Android, arduino, attiny, autonomous, bluetooth, car, Electronics, motor control IC, RC, Robotics Commenti disabilitati su Self-Driving R/C Car Parks Itself Just Like a Lexus 

carSelf-driving cars are in the news almost daily, but they are not exactly in my automotive budget for this decade. Today, that has changed. While this car might be smaller and not capable of giving me a ride, it’s still autonomous and, best of all, it is a project that I […]

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New Project: How to Build a Self-Balancing Autonomous Arduino Bot

3D printing, arduino, autonomous, diy drones, drone, Drones, Electronics, gps, make45, Robotics, rover, Self Balancing Robot Commenti disabilitati su New Project: How to Build a Self-Balancing Autonomous Arduino Bot 

m45_Self_Balance_Bot-7Ready to level-up your robot skills? ArduRoller is a self-balancing, inverted pendulum robot that’s also capable of autonomous navigation indoors or out. I created it as an entry for the annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition: The goal was to create a nontraditional vehicle capable of quickly navigating an obstacle course […]

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