remotely navigated mobile robot

September 25, 2013

The goal of the project was to design, contruct, test, and demonstrate a small mobile robot that can be remotely navigated through a labyrinth (maze). The robots were given a size constraint and had to be able to carry a 500-gram payload. The robot was able to function quite well in the end making it through the maze with considerable speed and control.

The weight and size constraint for the robot factored into the design and placement of the payload on the robot. For balance purposes, the payload needed to be placed between the wheels and front ball caster. In order to prevent the back wheels from skidding, I used high-traction rubber wheels from legos and placed the 500g load closer to the axis of the big wheels.

This was my first exposure to soldering on perfboards.