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Building Sparky

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Most of the students we work with (and some adults) have been a little disappointed with the Rovers because they look too much like toy cars. They expect a robot to look close to something they see on TV or in movies, you know, with hands that move and at least some rudimentary facial expressions. So in preparation, I’m building something closer to that to help with the presentations and to engage the students a bit more.

Sparky is going to have

  • 4 degrees of freedom per hand (shoulder, elbow, wrist and grasp)
  • Rudimentary facial expressions, including pseudo-emotional reactions
  • Wheeled treads
  • Sensors for both Passive Infrared (human detection and follow) and Sonar (obstacle)
  • Voice output (v2 Update)
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