Inspired by some of the companion robots I've seen, I wanted to design and build my own. I don't have a huge amount of experience in coding or electronics, but this will be a learning experience as her design evolves in the future. The goal is to create a companion robot with some level of autonomy/interaction. I eventually want to design different bodies or chassis for I.R.A. to use to achieve different tasks. The very first design will be a simple box-like design with a rotating head. It will be able to "communicate" with different colored lights, sounds, and eventually a voice. I am still in the early stages of brainstorming so i haven't fully decided what I want all of the functions to be. I currently have an arduino uno, raspberry Pi 3 B+ and a few servos, but I still need to do some research on what hardware would be best for the job.
Hello, it has been a minute since I have done anything with IRA. I did a few small tests but did a poor job documenting what I did. Soon after I got busy again with college and other things. I graduated this April with my mechanical engineering degree and moved down to Florida in July for a job offer that I received.
I'm slowly settling in and getting used to my work schedule as well as general adult stuff. But now I am getting ready to jump into personal projects again starting with IRA. I was inspired by the Supplyframe DesignLab Hackaday prize and their 4th challenge "Redefine Robots". I only found out about it a few days before entry started on the 23rd so I'm not sure if I will be able to finish anything significant in time before entry closes. But it's a fun project that I was planning anyway and it's a good excuse to hop back on it.
With the time that has passed and a fresh brainstorming session my ideas for IRA's look has changed quite a bit. The functionality as a robotic companion will be pretty much the same but any functions outside of that are still undecided as I type up this log but I hope to have that figured out soon whether that be performing actual tasks or just being a friend that you can carry around.
Outside of that there are a few challenges that I will be dealing with that may slow down development. Money for components is less of a problem than it was before now that I actually have a job. I am still using my laptop from college which could just barely keep up with my school work and projects and it is basically on it's last legs right now. This makes using cad programs and other software much more painful and slow. I was hoping to have ordered parts to build a pc by now but the situation with the inflated prices of some parts and other parts quickly going out of stock makes it a bit more challenging. For now I will work with what I have but I hope to change that soon. I will do my best to document anything I do and keep updates for anyone who is interested.
For now I can at least share my brainstorming notes and scribbles. There isn't much solid information like dimensions or hardware but more thoughts about the overall concept. Hopefully they will be readable. I will be making a neater version of these notes as well as more info about the new concept. While brainstorming I was inspired by a lot of different shapes and forms and creatures. In this case it was a mix of fictional carnivorous plants, pyramids, and those paper fortune tellers I would make as a kid. I also wanted her to have more of a physical presence and character so that she isn't just an Alexa or something so I want to implement more moving parts and even an eye mechanism to help with emoting. For the purpose of the contest, I will be making a fresh project page for the new IRA very soon. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to ask.