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Project Proposal


Project introduction

It is funny to note how movies inspire robotics builders - hobbyists always tend to build their favorite robots from many different movies. Such famous robots like R2-D2, Johnny 5, WALL-E and others were recreated many times by hobbyists every time having something special and interesting in their implementation. And it is really nice that more and more of such robots are coming, since nowadays many different manufacturers provide wide range of electronics, robotics kits, hardware parts, etc., which are used by many robots' builders for their hobby, research, fun, etc. Fun, unless somebody recreates famous T-800 ... :) Similar happened to me., I decided to continue and to building a robot, which became quite famous not so long ago - WALL-E. Of course my implementation was not supposed to become 100% replica of it (still need to get more experience in such type of hobby projects), but at least I wanted to get kind of "Wow, it is WALL-E" reaction from somebody how takes a look at it. So, let's get it done! One of the key things to think about starting a new robotics project is what would become a brain for the robot, i.e. the CPU/electronics part which would handle all the robot's hardware like motors, servos, sensors, cameras, etc. And when it comes to robots like WALL-E, it becomes very important because of the fact that this robot has 2 eyes. Of course the issue is not critical at all, if you plan to put something what mimics eyes instead of more or less real eyes. But this is really not so interesting and not something I wanted to do. So, if we want to give our robot's vision, then we need to use cameras. Or, to be precise, we need two cameras. The fact that we are going to give computer vision to our robot puts some hard constraints in selection of its "brains". There are not many vision enabled robotics kits (affordable to hobbyists) on the market yet, so choice is quite limited. Stereo Vision System (SVS) board aimed for robotics applications and with 2 camera on board! The board also provides wireless connectivity (which I really wanted for remote control) and allows connecting some motors, servos and sensors. So, one single board provides all we need for a robot like WALL-E.

Time ScheduleOn the basis of work element identified time schedule will be. Input phase Processing phase Driving And output phase Testing Working project 20 hrs 20 hrs 10 hrs 20 hrs 10 hrs

Estimated budget will be 18000 INR AProx/ 290 USD Components budget- 9000 Workmanship budget 9000

Prerequisites for this project

C programming Matlab MSRD Proteus Simulator

Some of the similar work snapshots I have collected

Wall-E Homebuilt Project: Let's Get Started!

Two hip motors from my WowWee RSv2 with new bevel gears, although the gear itself will not be use; the hex insert will be.

Hex nylon rod and brass packer ready for bearings

top existing outer casing from , Middle, RSV2 motor gear welded to beval gear, and hex rod.

Shafts fitted to motors.

outer housing reamed to fit bearing.

Component parts.

Gears fitted and alloy brackets for Acrylic base.

Acrylic base, motors, and 7.2v NIMH battery. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Alloy brackets to hold the main body.

Component parts for the main body, Light ply and Balsa wood. The electronic device [top] is an O-LED from Parallax for video or slide show.

LED battery voltage monitor. [right]

Starting to come together. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Imm ply panels [top] to be glued to ply below.

1mm ply added to sides.

Grippers and arms are made from LEGO Technics, I had to sacrifice some parts here that are never to rejoin the Technics set. Both air rams are glued back to back and the grippers had to be cut to get the correct shape.

1mm ply parts for the arms.

Parts for the arms.

Modifications to the grippers.

1mm Ply parts for the grippers.

Grippers complete.

More ply and balsa to form the metal panel effects.

Starting to come together even more!

Body now on base, with arms and grippers fitted. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Wall-E's hands are now added.

Making Wall-E's eyes, 1mm ply and two alloy pill containers.

Ply discs slipped over the pill tubes.

1.5mm balsa applied to the frames. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Balsa added to thealloy tube to form the rear end.

Head almost complete.

1mm ply to form the neck.

Supports for both halves, the top section will house the head servo.

Ply covered in 1.5mm balsa.

Balsa detail now added.

Neck attatched to the head.

All parts for the neck and head. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Testing the pan and tilt.

Most parts for Wall-E.

Painting begins.

Rust brown layer.

Rivet detail using White pva glue and thinned 20% with water, A sharp needle used to dip into glue and form 3 rivets at a time.

Glue dries clear.

Grey primer, metal rust, and metallic silver paint. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Same procedure with the body.

Neck area now weathered, More work to do on the head though.

Body now weathered, tracks to be weathered later. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Two more stages to go for the desired effects.

One more stage to go.

Parts weathered and ready to put together.

Arm covers. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

Arms in place, tracks also weathered.

Rear door schocks weathered.

Components for the LED eyes.

Circuit board completed.

Circuit diagram, notice the CDs on WallE's head, this is to turn the lights on when he encounters a dark corner or when the house lights are turned off.

This was to test the LEDs, The ping sensor Acrylic discs for the ping TX and RX [top] has to go in front of the LEDs yet. and discs for the LEDs. (Pick up the conversation thread here.)

All wired up ready to slip into the tubes.

Is this cool or what?? Just need to connect the circuit now.

Another step closer to completion.