Build #1

A project log for Drunk Bot

Making a self balancing bot for as cheap as possible.

Michael VowlesMichael Vowles 04/27/2015 at 12:372 Comments

As shown in the pictures on the left, the basic platform for my electronics and hardware is just 4 pieces of 6mm threaded rod and some sheets of acrylic which were sourced locally from an acrylic distributor and hardware store respectively.

On the electronics front, I used an arduino uno for the micrcontroller, a MPU6050 for sensing and an L298N motor driver. I originally started out with some super cheap motors from dealextreme here. While these worked to an extent, I made the platform far too big for these motors to work effectively. While I could have made the platform smaller I wanted to make something sizeable in order to interact with kids (some nieces and nephews in particular). This lead me in search of some replacement motors and decent mounts if possible. In searching for alternatives I found some cheap ebay 12V polulu knock offs which even had the same mounting pattern as the 37D polulu mounts.

I wanted to help speed up the PID tuning process as I was just changing values in the code and re-uploading the sketch which got old very quickly. I had a couple bluetooth modules (HC-06) laying around and thought I would utilise one of them in order to speed up this process. I used a bluetooth terminal app to act as a wireless serial monitor and added in code to print the current angle and motor output as well as set the PID values and angle setpoint.

With these new components I went about tuning the PID gains. First by increasing the P until it was somewhat responsive, then I gradually increased the I term to improve its response. Once this was done I adjusted the D term to reduce overshoot. Below is a video of the current state of the bot and as you can see, it's obvious how it got it's name.

Next up is improving the response and tidying up the build to improve the weight distribution as everything is just sitting on the top acrylic sheet.

I have some ultrasonic sensors and want to add these on to implement some obstacle avoidance, I'm thinking something like a robot that runs away from whoever is chasing it. Watch this space.


davedarko wrote 04/28/2015 at 10:02 point

May be he just couldn't resist to dance :) He can dance if he wants to. He can leave his friends behind. Cause if friends don't dance and if they don't dance then they ain't no friends of Drunk Bot. 

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Michael Vowles wrote 04/28/2015 at 12:57 point

Haha Exactly!

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