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Cool Home-Built Robot Projects on the Web

by Steven D. Kaehler  -  2/15/1999



Introduction

Greetings to all past, present, and future roboticists and tinkerers.  I know there are about a zillion web pages out there pointing to everything imaginable and sometimes unimaginable, but I thought I'd try adding something a little different to the hopper.  This article mostly points to sites with "home-built" robot information that shows that projects can be started and finished (at least to the point of having a machine that actually moves or does something).  The list below in not by any means exhaustive (although collecting and checking it all was exhausting!), but a modest collection of cool places where you can see what people are doing and in many cases, how they did it.    Building your own robot is a very challenging and rewarding experience, but it takes perseverence and patience to see it through to completion.  I hope you enjoy the voyages through these web pages.  The sites and the robots give you a little flavor of the people who made them and maybe some inspiration to "keep on keeping on".

The 50+ builders listed below are arranged alphabetically by last name.  Some will be familiar and some not, but all share a kinship of robotics as a hobby or buisiness.   I hope to provide links to interesting success stories that have been posted to the Web.  I want to help people find out about one-of-a-kind, home-built robots from people who have built them.  There are walkers, wheeled machines, arms, simulators, etc.  These sites show real robots and projects built by real people using real hardware and software.  My hope is that you can use this article as a convenient jumping point to practical technical information about some successful personal robotics projects.

I have tried to capture the gist of some of the websites by listing the robot names if available and/or some brief information about the website.  No pictures are included here since the websites will no doubt be updated and changed from time to time.

Explanation

The "Projects" link point as directly as practical to the actual robot information.  Most of these sites have both pictures and text.  The "Homepage" link points to the builder's home webpages where there is likely to be lots of other good, but not necessarily related information.   Homepages are referenced if no specific section for their robot projects was available.  Use this list to pop in on these websites from time to time and see what's happening.  Also, consider that many of these sites have "interesting" or "useful" links to still other places.  One could spend a lifetime following all the possible paths!

Let me know what you think of this type of article.  If you have other interesting ideas, feel free to pass them along to me.

Enjoy the journey!!

 



DISCLAIMER: Every attempt has been made to accurately acquire and present good links and give proper credit to these folks for their diligence and hard work.  I apologize in advance for any errors, omissions, typos, misrepresentations, etc.  None were done intentionally.  To the best of my knowledge, all the links are active and correct.   Some of the people showcased below have companies that sell robotic or other types of products.  If you like what they have to offer, support their companies.  It is NOT my intent to showcase particular websites, robots, or kits for sale, though this might be an interesting article idea for the future.



Chris Adams

        Project:  K-9

        Homepage:  http://www.intervantage.com/chris/


 

David P. Anderson

        Projects: Max & SR04       SRS Encoder - SR04

        Homepage: http://www.geology.smu.edu/~vineyard/dpa.html



Henry Arnold - The New Cricket

        Projects & Homepage: http://home/earthlink.net~/henryarnold/


 

Arrick Robotics - Lots and lots of robotic projects showcased by the Arrick Robotics Company.  This is a commercial website that offers space for individuals to   display their robot projects with a picture and some words.  Many of these people have their own websites, a few of which are listed below.

        Projects: Robot Index

        Homepage: http://www.arrickrobotics.com/



Franco Arteseros

        Project: Minibot

        Homepage:  http://www.rockies-robotics.com/



Johann Borenstein

        Projects & Homepage: http://www-personal.engin.umich.edu/~johannb/



Bob Brady - Lego "TuteBot" Robot

        Project: TuteBot

        Homepage: http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/brady02/



Rodney A. Brooks - Fujitsu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering (EECS Dept), and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

       (Note:  Though this is an university website, Rodney has such a cool collection of one-of-a-kind machines that I had to include him and his stuff.)

PROJECTS: Cog, a humanoid robot.  The Zoo, a collection of humanoids. Mars Rovers, to look for humanoids. Mine Clearing Robots, to protect humanoids.  Vision MURI.   The Intelligent Room, to contain humanoids. Microrobots. Mobile Robots.

        Projects: Gallery

        Homepage: http://www.ai.mit.edu/people/brooks/


 

Everett (Skip) Carter

        Project: Roboty

        Homepage: http://www.taygeta.com/skips_home.html



Adam Clark - Armageddon

        Projects & Homepage: http://www.tinweb.com/robot/index.html



Chris Connolly

        Project:  Beavis

        Homepage:  http://www-robotics.cs.umass.edu/


 

Mark Crosbie - CatChaser, Version 0.1 Random Robot, Light Finder PIC Robot

        Project: STAMP Robot     PIC Robot

        Homepage:  http://www.best.com/~mcrosbie/



Caleb DeGard and Dan DeGard

        Project: SRS Encoder - TuteBot


 

Tom Dickens - Clear-Cube Bot & Lego Robot (Trp2), Enhanced CCB & LR (Trp3), RoboCat (multi-processor walker) also an excellent collection of MC68HC11 resources, tools, example code, articles, and references for beginners and veterans.

        Projects: CCB (TRP2)       CCB (TRP3)        RoboCat       MC68HC11 Resources

        Homepage: http://home1.gte.net/tdickens/index.html



Luiz Felipe Rudge Encarnacao

        Project:  Robot Arm Simulator

        Homepage:  http://www.antares.com.br/



Scott Evans

        Project:  QuickSilver

        Homepage:  http://er4www.eng.ohio-state.edu/~evansst/



Jim Fong

        Projects: Betty      Rover      Dinobot       Trax       Scorpian        Tank      Tank2

        Homepage: http://www.hooked.net/~jfong/


 

Jay Francis

        Projects: DinoBot       Line Follower      Rebound Project

        Homepage: http://www.tiac.net/users/jfrancis/



Jeff Frohwein

        Project:  CyberWeasel

        Homepage:  http://hiwaay.net/~jfrohwei/


 

Marvin Green - ExplorerBot, a prototyping platform on a robot

        Project: ExplorerBot

        Homepage: http://www.rdrop.com/~marvin/



Ted Griebling

        Projects: Lonny, Macbeth, & MacII

        Homepage: http://www.seanet.com/~erich/



Chris Hostetler

        Projects: Minibot & Bigbot

        Homepage: http://www.theonespot.com



Thomas Ihme

        Project:  Katharina

        Homepage:  http://www.iff.fhg.de/



Brian Johansen

        Project:  Mybot

        Homepage: http://www.image.dk/~croops/



George Katz

        Projects:  Biped       Curi-5        Curi-4        Curi-3        Curi-2

        Homepage:  http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lakes/7156/



Arnd Kobus - (this site is a mix of English and German so you may need to translate)

        Projects:  SCARA

        Homepage:  http://www.student.uni-kl.de/~kobus/



Kam Leang

        Projects: Gallery    Tank   Wedgie    Sub-Mini    Project Minibot     Commando     B-Bots

        Homepage: http://www.mech.utah.edu/~kleang/



Arthur LeBouthillier

        Project: Willy

        Homepage:  http://www.cyberg8t.com/pendragn/


 

Quentin J. Lewis

        Projects: Line Follower         TableBOT

        Homepage: http://www.tiac.com/users/bigqueue/index.html


 

Karl Lunt - Tacklebot #1, Tacklebot #2, Tacklebot #3, Arnold, Huey, RSG,  a stepper-based robot, plus lots of other cool things.

        Projects: Robot Roll Call

        Homepage: http://www.seanet.com/~karllunt/



Willad MacDonald

        Project:  Thing

        Homepage:  http://www-robotics.cs.umass.edu/



Marek Majewski

        Project: Tiny

        Homepage: http://friko2.onet.pl/ki/crzero/



Craig Maynard - Cybugs & Martian Rover

        Project: Martian Rover Look-Alike

        Homepage:  http://members.home.net:80/cybug/


 

Matt Minnis

        Project:  Photo Gallery

        Homepage:  http://walden.mvp.net/~chandra/



Rudolf Mittelmann

        Project: KRYTON

        Homepage:  http://www.cast.uni-linz.ac.at/st/staff/rm/



Corky Mork

        Project: QT-1

        Home:  http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/1302/



Eric B. Olsen

        Projects: http://www.spectronix.net/robot.htm        SRS Encoder - GenSys1

        Homepage: http://www.spectronix.net/



Ahmet Onat

        Project:  GOKIBURI

        Homepage:  http://turbine.kuee.kyoto-u.ac.jp/staff/onat.html



Ron Ouul

        Projects: Pongo        Rover

        Homepage: http://hometown.aol.com/RonOuul/index.html



Michael Rankin

        Project: BS2 Bot

        Homepage: http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/michael.rankin/



Mike Reiner

        Project: Blinky

        Homepage:  http://www.primenet.com/~bikemike/



Bill Richmana

        Project: Robot Gallery

        Homepage: http://incolor.inetnebr.com/bill_r/



Bill Robertson - Dazey

        Project & Homepage: http://www.kiva.net/~billr



Riccardo Rocca

        Projects: UGO I          UGO II           Penelope

        Homepage: http://users.iol.it/riccardo.rocca


 

Kevin Ross

        Project: Standard Technologies of the Seattle Robotics Society

        Homepage: http://www.nwlink.com/~kevinro/



Rick Rowland

        Projects:  B.O.B.          TOPO           B.O.T.

        Homepage:  http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Heights/8970/index.html



Frank Scott - Rodney

        Project & Homepage: http://www.frasco.demon.co.uk



Felipe Vieira Silva

        Project: Arm Viewer Program

        Homepage: http://www.inf.unisinos.tche.br/



Robbie Singh - R.O.B.B.I.E. (R1)

        Projects & Homepage: http://www.members.home.net/singh1/



Richard Stockstad

        Projects: Symet         Polyfemos         Copebot         PICbot         Blue

        Homepage: http://www.welcome.to/beamlife/



Bob Stull

        Project: WACCO III

        Homepage: http://gw.pct.edu/homepage/staff/rstull/



Tarun Tuli

        Projects: CANBOT1 & CANBOT2           Robot Picture

        Homepage: http://cantronics.rzsoft.com/



Peter Ullrich

        Project:  Robosim

        Homepage: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Heights/3586/



Vibhu Vivek

        Project:  HEXAL-R

        Homepage:  http://members.theglobe.com/vibhuv/



Ken Williams

        Project: Tracker-04

        Homepage: http://teaparty.modicon.com/people/insecure/kwilliam/kwhome.html



Claude Wright

        Project:  Shaz

        Homepage:  http://www.webo.com/