So, for the past month or so, I've been putting together a new chassis for Brainbot so I can do some advanced outdoor navigation research. The guys at the lab want me to produce an awesome navigation demo this summer using my ideas from MicroRaptor, so I'm pretty excited about having the chance to really implement some of my ideas on how navigation should be done.
Here's what the chassis looks like right now:
The chassis is an off-the-shelf 1/5 scale R/C rock crawler chassis. I've added the brains from Brainbot (the Core 2 Quad mini-itx), plus the laser scanner and the camera.
I'm currently registered to compete in the RoboMagellan
competition being held in Chicago by Chibots this summer - should be an interesting contest...
One I get some reasonable autonomous behavior running, I'll post some video here.