well first off you have to understand what type of robots these i have presented are. They are called BEAM robots and that is an acronym for biologic (looks like something found in a biology book ) electronic (has electronic - not a toughy!) aesthestic (has too look good) and mechanic (has a mechanical motion or) now most beam robots have all these features but a few only have a few which is okay too!
second thing about most of teh robots found at solarbotics.com is taht they are solarpowered - here is a solarpanel that i use:
they use special circuits called solar engines that help store the little power in a capacitor (like a battery but without quite as much storage but with more discharge) then once the capacitor is full it releases it into a motor or servo and the robot then experience the M part of BEAM! That is why these robots often move slowly but on the flip side there bursts of motion can move them quite far and the plus to being solar powered is that they have no need of batteries and most of these bots are “autonomous” which means they don’t require input from humans - they can avoid obstacles on there own!
another thing to know is that these robots don’t follow traditional robotic methodogy but rather they follow these three laws (here are the formal):
the bot must protect itself at all time
the bot must provide and maintan its own energy
the bot must find better sources of energy
protect thy ars
feed thy ars
move thy ars to better realstate
Okay all fun aside those are the three important parts to these bots.
Grimreaper i dont’ understand what you mean…
the thing on top of the four legged (four motor) walking robot is a “sunseeker” it moves itself around to point better towards light sources to keep it running! On that bot it was hacked to help navigate the bot toward better light sources. It uses photodiodes (diodes that let current pass only when light is present) which do respond to regular, infra, and ultra violet light.
have lots of LEDs (light emitting diodes - lights) on the robots. This adds so much more coolness to them!
keeping with the futuristic type robots - make a HUD (heads up display) in green that masks everything the camera sees (parent a sprite to the camera) and it have a “scanning” grid, control menu on the bottom, energy and sensor input (in decimal values) on the side.
don’t even know if this is possible but - have it possilbe to switch between fps and 3rd person view and when in first person the hud is displayed. I meant i don’t know if camera switching in game is possible.
solar energy monitoring - a bar graph shows both stored energy and ambient energy available. changes from green to yellow to red when decaying.
when i said infra red i did mean display infra red maps of the surrounding but that is a little ambitious so perhaps you could use the “infra red” sensors (one on either side of the robot) to detect obstacles on either side of the robot and when one detects an obstacle the hud displays a red mask over the viewing area and sets the sensor level to red. this can be achieved with the radar sensor of blender.
anyway that is what i have so far (some i have already mentioned) as more come i’ll let you know.
i am going offline cause i am moving to texas and wont’ have an internet connection (or email) for a while but when i do i would love to join the team. Also i may beable to use the internet maybe once a week if i go over to freinds or something so i won’t be completely offline - if anythig i can go to the library!
tell me if you have any other information you may want!