Hey Hackaday Hackers!
I've collected the robots I've been building over the last 7 months and made a short video. It's a good short overview of what I'm doing, and shows Rover V1 and Rover V2 together next to me for scale.
So what's next for Rover V2? Over the next month or so, I will bring up the electronics and software on Rover V2 that I had originally on Rover V1. Rover V2 uses all the same motors, electronics, and software as V1 so it should be painless to get it operating under remote control. Take a look at V1 driving here:
After I've brought up remote control on V2, I have a few tasks to work on next:
- Bring up reinforcement learning in the simulator, so the virtual robot can follow trails.
- Add a suitable camera system to Rover V2 and begin work to bring autonomy to the physical system.
- Improve documentation for Rover's software control system, mechanical design, sensor setup, and electronics.
- Expand outreach on Rover's home site, http://reboot.love, to try to find collaborators who want to help make Rover better.
Long term my goals are to build an open source farming system, and I see Rover V2 as a software research platform to develop some of the key algorithms a farming bot would need to navigate safely around a farm.
If you like what you see, please share this project and consider creating an account on http://reboot.love to help with the Rover project!