I was looking for a system/platform that I could try out different AI systems for controlling robots with the
goal of creating bigger robots that can work in the home (Lets face it , I want a robot to do house work!).
I knew that I needed to learn more about mechanical and electronic systems, so what better way than to build
a system that can grow. Soon into the design it became obvious that I needed a big enough platform to
handle the various components (386 processors, output and input modules) without being to cramped.
I settled on a 2 foot diameter round robot (Home Depot had pre-cut plywood). I started out with just one
layer but knew I could add more layers as my need increased. Currently I have two layers and I'm thinking
of a third layer. The nice thing about multiple layers is you can attach components on both sides of the layer,
giving you lots of room for devices, cabling and maintenance room.
Most of the electronics run at 5 volts and I've found that a 12 to 5 volt DC-to-DC converter is the most
power effective means to provide power. However, it's still recommended to use big capacitors to stabilize
the output 5 volt power. Rover currently uses 3 amps for all the electronics and an 1 to 1.5 amps for the