[Sticky] Components & Programming
Go to bills video on lidar he totally covers it its actually real easy once you get the tf mini driver from github its pretty much just get distance and I'm pretty sure you don't need the Jetson just an arduino and a 3 volt logic converter look up axiom home built robot some space age wiz kid takes this thing makes it totally ai hooks up 8266 to now it can be reached from anywhere in the world its just unbelievable uses fusion 360 ultrasonics and recognition camera and he did it with that check it out it'll blow your mind it did mine👍
look up axiom home built robot
Is this the dude you are talking about?
Everything he claims his robot can do is already available to you all you need to do is buy those accessories and install them on your robot. It's not like he invented this stuff.
I don't mean to take anything away from him. He still went through all the work to actually put one together. But all that stuff is already on the market. You can buy it yourself if you've got the dough. Your Duce robot doesn't appear to be too far behind. 😎
By the way, the eyes of his robot are just displays for looks. Dioramas, as you have called them. You could easily create displays like that for Duce Robot's eyes. They are just displays, not actual eyes. The the actual input sensors are most likely things like LIDAR etc.
His robot does seem to have a pretty nice body though. I wonder if he designed that himself?
The two biggest things that are holding me back from building my robot are,.... Can you guess?,...
Money and time.
That's what's holding me back. Especially right now. I don't have time to build a robot right now. Maybe this winter hopefully. Money I can squeak buy on by taking maximum advantage of cheap junk. 🤣
But seriously, you can get some pretty decent stuff at pretty realistic prices nowadays. In fact that TF mini you just got is a great example. That sucker should provide you with more than precise enough sensory input to navigate your robot really well. It's up to you to do the programming to make that a reality. The TF mini will do the job. And that didn't break the bank.
I'll get one for my robot eventually too. But right now I need to fix my wood boiler. I just ordered $1500 worth of stainless steel. So there goes my robot hobby money! But at least I'll be warm this winter, so no complaints here.
Yes I see what you mean you can buy most of it I do want to use the 8266 to some degree if I can I thought that was neat yes that boiler that ....that you got to have especially when you throw words like winter and ice into the mix but I'm in so fla it'll probably be 83 at 3 am 100 % humidity in the dead of Jan jus start your project cheapest smallest thing first find in your materials pile the one you have the most of and use that to its last particle and move on from that be a miser a nibbler that's what gets big projects moving nibble at every day even if it's for ten minutes get r done 😁 but recycled materials are a must if you find a heap o flat plastic somewhere on the ground snag it if you get lucky you might find enough at one time to build the entire main cabinet that's the ticket .then you can drag along as you please filling it . 👍
OK pi 4 up and running 2 pi 4 up but no nano yet 2nd pi 3 octoprint I can't wait to see how the pi 4 tie in although I config my ultrasonic sensors a little different I think they should still work and the lidar although they are all up and putting out readings just considering how they will tie in to pi 4 and the Jetson a run down main board pi 4 plus motor controllers plus sensors both environmental and navigation plus the Jetson for learning plus camera I do not have yet except RPI camera if that will work I do not know tf mini for navigation it seems a long way off for me with so many tasks yet to even start.👷👍
Some interesting and potentially helpful programming tools I've run across...
Blockly for Arduino... If you've ever used MIT's app-inventor, it's a lot like that. You program by plugging things into other things. If it fits into the socket, it will probably work
Anaconda... Python programming with Jupyter Notebooks
Kittenblock... Another Graphical interface for programming. This one is aimed at 1st and 2nd graders, which means that I still haven't figured it out
Eclipse... Non graphical IDE. In the ROS class I'm taking, they recommend using this software to edit my programs, probably because it integrates right into your working environment. So you can write the program, and test it on your ROS bot in the same screen. Don't ask me how it works, I have no idea what I'm doing
Oh, I forgot, MIT's App-Inventor... Graphical environment for creating Android apps. I actually used this one to create a small stupid video game, so, if I can do it, it must be an easy one to learn