Artie is a flexible platform that was used for researching neural networks. Artie is a smaller version of the Edison robot in every way but with every identifiable bug worked out. Edison's brain was literally transplanted onto the Artie platform, which features a smaller servo drive system to save power and battery cost, an easy PC interface jack, a control box with LCD and function switches and a servo arm that can lift the entire sensor carriage up and down for locating hard-to-see obstacles.
Size - 10" x 10" x 8" at 3 pounds
Body - red-painted plywood and balsa base with 2 stackable layers
Electronics - 1 BASIC Stamp II microcontroller unit, 1 BASIC Stamp stretcher board 1 Scott Edwards Mini Serial Servo Controller, 3 Infrared Rangefinders, 3 photo-voltaic cadmium sulfide photo sensors, 1 2x20 character LCD, 2 9V batteries, 4 C batteries wired in parallel for drive motors, RJ11 programming port, and 6 sensor activation indicator lights.
Control System - neural network
Time to Build - 2 days
Cost - $350