Please scroll down to see the project log to see my latest progress. I will provide links to testing videos there.
The concept drawing of the robot is the best explaination of what I am trying to build, and why I have called it "Straddle Crane"...
There are 4 key deliverables of this project:
- Build a robot capable of balancing (no position control or crane mechanism)
- Develop prototype to be able to move around based on smartphone communication
- Add crane mechanism to robot chassis so that the unloaded crane boom can move and the robot remains balanced
- Develop lifting sequence and successfully pick an object up whilst remaining balanced
I currently have a prototype that is almost capable of the 1st aim. Here's the link to videos of my intial testing:
As you may can see by some of the videos, the control system needs a bit of development. A common problem is that the robot falls when it reaches equilibrium.