We were inspired by the many potential applications of wireless robots presented by the USC Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things.
What it does:
RoboDog tracks and follows a person using it's Ultrasonic sensor. It could be useful for carrying your belongings. One application could be hands-free shopping or carrying golf equipment for you.
How I built it:
We used Smart Robot Car Kit that includes Arduino Uno, L298N motor controller module, ultrasonic sensors, Bluetooth module and other mechanical parts.
Challenges I ran into:
We were having problems uploading the Arduino program, getting the RoboDog to go in a straight line, and communicating with it through Bluetooth.
Accomplishments that we are proud of:
Developing RoboDog has been a great learning experience.
What I learned:
How to build a robot car, integrate devices and write a basic algorithm for autonomous driving.
What's next for Robodog - SmartCar DevXP
We are going to buy RoboDog a sweet fake fur, this way you can cuddle him during a cold winter night.