I have been working on ideas for simple target tracking or auto targeting systems to use in Mech Warfare that do not require an on board computer running vision software. I believe that I have found a suitable solution and this week I have made some significant progress prototyping it.
Below you can watch two videos of the prototype tracking/targeting system.
Unlike all my other Mech Warfare work I will not be releasing the details on this system until after the 2013 Robogames event.
After my hiatus from competing in 2012 I have started a new mech to dominate in 2013!
OKQ1 (Off-Kilter Quad One) will be an MX servo based quad with four degree of freedom legs.
Between the end of MW 2012 and now I have been experimenting and perfecting new IK calculations, gait algorithms and control ideas.
In this first video you can see me testing my 4DOF IK calculations with a single leg. The foot is being moved in a circular motion. You can see that the final leg joint is always kept perpendicular to the ground.
The tank guns I was planning on using on my mech Gold Rush were just not cutting it for me. Problems included gear skipping and motors burning up. So I was forced to ditch them and went for something a bit bigger.
Work continues again on Gold Rush’s mechanical aspects after a long period of working on electronics and software. My focus has been on creating a robust turret with pan and tilt capability that mounts the Trendnet IP camera and dual Matyo Toy tank guns.
The goal over the next few weeks is to continue to mount all of the required Mech Warfare gear. Once all everything is mounted I can shift focus over towards tuning the walking gaits can remote control.