[Noisebridge-discuss] Noise-bot 2? (was "RAM me please")

Jared Dunne jareddunne at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 09:32:06 UTC 2011


I don't know if you were seriously considering building a new robot or
not. But it got me thinking
about if Noisebridge collectively could design and build a more nimble
robot?  It brought to mind robots I used in some robotics classes at
Northwestern named "Hack" & "Kludge". heh.

Here's an short paper on them:

Here's a video of Kludge playing fetch:

It has some of the specs in the writeup but the key features about
that robot that I found cool:
- It's roughly the size of a medium sized trash can.
- It can rotate in place to the right and left, and drive forward and backward.
- It has 360' sonar sensors to avoid getting too close to things.
- It has 360' bump sensors to prevent further crushing if impact does happen.
- It has a forward facing surveillance camera for eyes, but we could
replace that with the Kinect in our design.
- It was controlled with an on board laptop similar to MC Hawking.

I alone don't have the mastery of skills needed in the electrical and
fabrication department, but I would love to help with the software
side of things and also assist with building/design as much as
possible.  I feel that the skills needed to make something like this
happen exist within the Noisebridge community.  Is there serious
interest though?


On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
> Unfortunately the PCI7E mainboard which is currently in the robot is only
> compatible with up to 1GB ram cards.  I assume that putting in a 2GB card
> would either not work, or only come up as 1GB.
> I guess I should weigh the option of a laptop as opposed to the mini-ITX it
> currently uses, but I tried a laptop before and there were issues with the
> power button and stuff like that.  Also I would have to migrate away form a
> parallel port (i assume) which we are using for the chair control.
> I do have a 2.5" SATA disk though, and Andy has one as well, so perhaps we
> should just make another robot?  A Russian one perhaps?  I can certainly get
> another wheelchair...
> On Tue, 15 Feb 2011, Dr. Jesus wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 3:04 AM, Jake <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>>> dear everyone
>>> the robot is hungry and it wants chips.
>>> RAM chips!!  specifically, one ram card of one Gigabyte, DDR2 533 (it
>>> only
>>> has one slot and it already has a 512 in that slot) It has to be a
>>> 240-pin
>>> type, with a single notch in the bottom. (not laptop memory, it's desktop
>>> memory we're talking about)
>>> I don't know what DDR2 or 533 means, but if you have a 240-pin 1GB memory
>>> card, I would love to try it and i'll give it back if it doesn't work.
>> I've got some 2GB DDR2 DIMMs. I'll bring them tonight before the meeting.
>>> Also looking for a mini-ITX motherboard which is hella fast.  This one
>>> uses a VIA C7 and we're trying to do some heavy 3D imagining using the
>>> Kinect so the thing can imagine where it is.
>> I've got a few laptops you could use.  They all have Core 2 Duo chips
>> in them, but they need 2.5" SATA disks.  Do you have any?
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