Global Robot Remote Controller

The first robots up until ANCHOR original had to be controlled with the arrow keys on the computer's keyboards or by a PS3 controller bluethooth-ed into the computer. This was very cumbersome and very unreliable. I decided to physically create a controller that could connect to any one of my robots instantly and even give feedback to the controller. This controller I built has a LCD screen on it that the robots can send sensor values or information to. It has 2 thumb sticks, a Full 9DOF IMU, temperature sensors. Indicator lights, Haptic feedback and much more. Robots can send acceleration data so that if a robot crashes or hits a bump the controller will rumble in response.

Below was the original device, I foudn it at goodwill, it was some strange device that was like skype for deaf people before skype existed. It made a great controller though!

Controller Controller Controller

I actually had to create a highly structured radio network protocol so that all of the robots could send signals to each other, to the controller, and to the computer without interfering.

Controller Controller

Text and Images © 2015 Frank Magazu.