When you are instrumental in playing with electronics, the creativity levels jump to a next level and you end up building and hacking those gadgets which seem like gadgets of the future. Also, for a hobbyist, a single DIY never seems to reach an end as long as he keeps on getting ideas and building new things. What we explore today is one such project that has been result of continuous DIY’s and might go on to be evolved to be more amazing. Presenting, Huey, a DIY robot by Steve Norris, that chases colors!! This four wheeled color crazy machine is a combination of a follower and a tracker bot, what makes it different from the conventional ones, is how it functions.
As we already mentioned, this DIY is a result of continuous working and has its origins trailed back to modular designing and earlier rover designs. Modular designing is a popular concept for designing large projects by dividing it into small parts that combine and give a big result (Google Project Ara for more information).
The heart of this machine is a sensor array equipped with IR sensors, ultrasonic sensor, distance sensor and heat sensor. Together, these sensors enable the rover to avoid collisions, navigation and thermal tracking. As we earlier mentioned modular designing, all these sensors are being placed on a single module known as “Sensor Array”. Yes, a lot of thought has been given to this machine and it has been worth all the hard work and patience Norris has put into.
Huey is one of those DIY’s where even if you don’t succeed, you will end up fetching up some useful application. Moreover, with the modular designing concept, it would be exciting to see how quickly you can develop gadgets. Already getting ideas on this one? Try it!!
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