The Ball Bot

I’ve started a new robot project! This will be one of the most challenges personal projects I’ve embarked on. I have the following goals:

  • designed to be a flexible software test platform
  • mechanical design from scratch in SolidWorks, manufactured from G10
  • low level control through off-the-shelve electronics including an Arduino, SparkFun Quadstepper motor controller, ITG-3200 Gyro, and BMA180 Accelerometer
  • high-level control through mini-ITX computer onboard running ROS
  • 2D SLAM w/ ROS gmapping by simulating a laser range finder with the Kinect and IMU

Update: All development on this project has stopped with all efforts being diverted to the Mecanumbot.

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