AntBot: Setting up the App

Now that you have the projects set up and ready to start development, it is time to examine the code itself. This post will cover ‘wiring up’ an App with the pre-packaged combiners and navigation modules. What is Pre-Packaged? With the AntBot codebase comes with 2 combiners and 4 navigation modules. The ‘Simple Combiner’ ignores […]

AntBot: Setting up the Development Environment

This guide expects you to have basic familiarity with Eclipse. Download the project from GitHub https://github.com/InsectRobotics/antbot Download Android Studio, Eclipse & Arduino IDE To begin with, download Android Studio and follow the instructions on the site – on Linux you may need to install extra packages so this is particularly important. To compile the AntBotServer […]

AntBot: Make Your Own AntBot

  Above we can see AntBot ‘in the flesh. Ignoring the lego framework that supports the camera, to assemble your own AntBot you need the following*:   *You will also need some standard issue male-female copper wires to connect the boards as well as a Serial-USB cable to connect the Arduino to the smartphone. The […]

RoboAnt: Build your own Android robot

Nowadays smartphones are affordable, compact and capable computers. Mike had the ingenious idea that they can do a perfect robot brain. Packed with computing power and useful sensors,  the one thing they can’t do (I think) is control external analog components – like motors. This is where the Arduino comes in. The hugely popular embedded platform […]

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