Pixy-bots

These robots are built around the Pixy computer vision sensor. This vision sensor is low cost for under 100 dollars. The sensor tracks color hues at a whopping 50 frames per second.  If you’re interested, you can find more information about Pixy at their wiki page.

There was three robots built in total and were constructed in March of 2015, They are in the process of being redesigned addeding stronger bases and new features. 

 

This project sprang up from the idea that Arch Reactor members often go to event to get the community involved  in making and repairing. I thought robots would be a nice way to draw individuals to the table, and get them interested in robotics, would be an interactive display.  This display would feature three robots that could track colored balls on a transportable table. To create this project I filled out an Arch Reactor Awesome Grant and I was awarded the grant by Arch Reactor to build the robots. It was easy to apply, and I encourage more members to do so. I am so grateful for the Awesome Grant as this project would be outside my budget without it.

 

Below is a link to the related documents for this project.
Grant proposal

Features include:

  1.  Velcro attached battery packs for quick swapping out and charging
  2.  Li-ion battery packs rated at 2800mAH at 7.2 volts. They are some good cells that peak at around ~8.4volts
  3.  Clean look with translucent white added wire management guide
  4.  Arduino controller for an overall cheap design to build
  5.  3D printed parts to show off what can be done with the relatively new technology
  6.  Soft rubber Lego tires for a much grippier robot.  (It’s a word)
  7.  Tons of left over prototyping space on the Arduino prototyping shield
  8.  Pixy is programmable on the fly and takes only a few seconds to train to a new color
  9.  Built-in, easy to grip handle to make picking up the robot easy
  10.  Internal sensor to monitor battery pack voltage level
  11.  Pause button to allow for reprogramming the Pixy on the fly
  12.  Front mounted IR sensors to allow obstacle avoidance
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Today

  1. Open Build Something!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
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Tuesday, January 28th

  1. Elections

Wednesday, January 29th

  1. Board Meeting

Saturday, February 1st

  1. Pi Jam
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 04:00pm
    • Where: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N Warson Rd, Olivette, MO 63132, USA
    • AR will have two tables. Feel free volunteer!
      "Hands-on science, tinkering, and robotics for the whole family. The annual Raspberry Pi Jam brings together students, educators, makers, scientists and community members of all ages interested in the world of scientific innovation and robotics. The Raspberry Pi microcomputer is a technology used by educators, scientists, and hobbyists to construct low-cost hardware and software engineering tools. Features hands-on science and engineering tinkering at a variety of stations with fun for all ages."

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  2. RoboMo Meeting @ SLSC
  3. RoboMo After Meeting Workshop

Sunday, February 2nd

  1. Super Bowl of Destruction
    • Start time: 04:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Super Bowl of Destruction

      Everyone is invited to come to the Arch Reactor for the Super Bowl of Destruction. We will have the football game on our big screen for everyone to watch. Not interested in football? Don’t worry, we also throw this party as something for the non-football enthusiasts. As a hackerspace, we use this time to breakdown all of the donations that are no longer usable or fixable. We have hard drives, computers, printers, server equipment, and more! Come join the mayhem and destruction! Bring a Super Bowl snack to share. We had some great food last year.

      Destruction starts at 4pm on Sunday, February 2nd at Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave. 63103.

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  2. Open Build Something!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
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    • End time: 09:00pm
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