MIT RoboTube

It took a while, but I’ve finally succeeded in turning my MIT admissions tube into a simple robot that can unfold from its normal tube-like state, roam around, detect obstacles, and determine how to best get around them. The code the robot runs needs some work to prevent inadvertent spinning around and a better algorithm for navigating away from things, but for now it works pretty decently. I’ve christened the robot as “RoboTube.”

RoboTube — a Robotic MIT Admissions Tube from Will Jack on Vimeo.

Tech Specs:
Microcontroller: Arduino Uno Board
Motor driver: L293D
Power supply: 2x 9V batteries through 12V and 5V regulators (LM7812 and LM7805)
Rangefinder: Sharp IR long distance rangefinder, part number GP2Y0A02YK0F
Motors: 2x Sparkfun 1:100 DC gear motors
Opening mechanism: Futaba servo and a coast-hanger pushrod
Chassis: HDPE body and MIT admissions tube wheels

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