Build a robot ant that can be remote controlled or operate autonomously. Using an infrared detector, it can find and pick up objects. It is controlled by a Picaxe 20x-2 microcontroller.
While this is a fairly intricate robot, some of the motor techniques and circuits can be used for other simpler robots.
This instructable shows how to:
1-Use a Picaxe controller to receive remote control signals from a standard universal TV remote.
2-Use a Picaxe controller to interface with an infrared distance sensor.
3-Send serial commands to a serial motor controller or serial servo controller.
4-Make a simple one servo robot gripper.
The video shows the robot using infrared to locate and pick up a wooden block. It also shows that like most ants, the robot ant has a certain disdain for its puny human masters.
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