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A project log for Roamer, the Self Charging Companion Robot

Roamer is a self-charging, switch free, capacitor powered, wandering robot companion.

Mike RigsbyMike Rigsby 08/27/2021 at 23:200 Comments

The good news is that Roamer has run for quite a while, with never a failure to find the charging station.  Like a turtle, Roamer has wound up with wheels off the ground a few times (I think I know how to solve that issue). 

The bad news is that running for many hours takes a toll on little dc motors--shall we say failure? 

There are no brushes in these little motors, merely little "fingers" that wear out rather quickly.

A dc motor with genuine brushes would probably last longer--but a robot that buzzes around twelve to fourteen hours a day is going to strain a brushed motor.

I'm testing a stepper motor to see if that might provide the reliability I want.  A companion robot needs to run a long time without serious maintenance. I have more work to do.

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