A tour of building your own. What do you guys think? Did we miss anything?
A very nice summary.
I would add:
Mechanical design area, which is a tough area.
- How it has to move/terrain (rolling/track clearance, walk, stairs, water, air)
- And even smaller things like the difference between the Misty beta with a single servo holding the head up versus the Misty II (with the pitch, yaw, roll which would not require constant power) or a threaded ‘gear’ like you see in 3D printers or worm gears. Sometimes used in biped walkers but slow. With walking it is even more vital.
Aesthetics - is another area that takes a lot of effort (not my forte)
Other sensors that I like that are easy are the accelerometer/gyro.
- Besides gauging speed of movement and orientation
- How it is treated
Also when building you often first consider:
- Features needed
- Operating system
- Then Hardware based on driver support for OS/features needed