Lucky Luke autonomous robot
We believe in investing in the future through education. QGears sponsors a computer science faculty at a local high school (the Szent István High School, Budapest), and in this fruitful collaboration, we built an autonomous robot.
The robot, called Lucky Luke, was built for magyarok a Marson (Hungarians on Mars) competition, a nationwide contest for autonomous robot construction. We have achieved:
- 7th place of 28 teams
- the special award for the most autonomous robot
- the special award for the youngest team
Lucky Luke was introduced at The Budapest New Technology Meetup Group.
The team was registered to the competition as "'; ELDOB TÁBLA *.* ; --". That is abbreaviated as "E.T.". It is the Hungarian version of "'; DROP TABLE *.* ; --". The name was inspired by xkcd: Exploits of a Mom. The twist is that the translated form of that exploit does not work on any real database (a geeky joke :-).
The robot was christened "Villám Will". That is the Hungarian name of the famous hero in Lucky Luke Comics.
The Architecture of Lucky Luke autonomous robot is discussed on a separate page.
Tecnhologies that we used while building the robot:
- Omnidirectional drive using omniwheels
- Custom shaft was created by Sárközy János artisan craftsman
- motors actuated by PID controllers implemented on Arduino paltform
- custom built DC motor driver based on a H-Bridge design
- On-board high level control and Wifi communication implemented using Embedded Linux on BeagleBoard development platform
- Software of control room implemented in Java using Eclipse based technologies
- GPGPU based image recognition implemented in OpenCL