WIP – Finalizing Mark II

The aluminium chassis is currently being finalized and the last 3D parts are being printed. Electronics have been partially transferred between the Mark I and the Mark II and more necessary components have been bought online.

3D sight; Field testing

The Kinect V2 was powered (via tether) and connected to the laptop whilst on the rover. This is what it saw. The office. A generous colleague, Ven. The Kinect V2 sensor has skeletal tracking and is capable of differentiating between up to ten people. Once the Kinect V2 was tested for functionality, the Mark I…

Electronics; Aluminum; Kinect V2

A laptop was disassembled in order to get rid of the extra plastic and parts that were unnecessary for operating the Kinect. More batteries arrived, aluminium parts were cut and the design of 3D printed parts began. The new “head” of the rover with 3D printed connectors. The Kinect V2 was installed on the Mark…

APM calibration; Mark II design

The APM controller was finally connected to the servo motors and testing of the rover behaviour began. At this stage the design for the aluminium chassis of the rover began. The size of Mark II was better adjusted to accommodate all necessary electronics in the “head” of the rover. Outline of the idea for the…

Wheels and motors

Once the wooden chassis was constructed and braced, two 11 kilogram/cm servos were added for propulsion. The wheels were roughly made using XPS insulation, as the height and behaviour when turning of the prototype had to be tested. Wooden planks were fitted to simulate shock absorbers.

Wooden Chassis

Started simple – gluing together the “head” of the rover, where the electronics will go. A suspension was selected and built (roughly) to test wheel height and size. Then the payload bay and the rear part of the suspension were made. A box with the exact measurements of the Kinect V2 sensor was made and…

WIP – Design Iteration #2

                 The second phase of designing. Multiple changes from first iteration : – Hexapod design has been abandoned in favor of a more traditional approach; – Longer back segment to allow for drilling equipment; the drilling equipment itself; – Green denotes motorized parts (or motors themselves); – Red denotes…

Design iteration #1

             The first feasibility study made in Google Sketchup. Multiple problems arose : – Unintended wheel interaction with vehicle frame; – Unnecessary complexity when turning, despite the maneuverability of the design; – Difficulty fitting drilling instruments into the smaller boxes demanded by the design; – Uneven weight distribution would put undesired stress…