DSTC internship, 2000.
The Voyager, a remote telepresence robot; was created as a way for users to interact with people in remote spaces. Made of LEGO and what was, for the time, a very lightweight laptop, Voyager trundled about for a very short life, before being salvaged for parts.
The robot is made up of the following bits:
- LEGO VisionCommand Camera
- LEGO Mindstorms RCX and four motors
- Toshiba Portege 3110CT notebook
- Lucent WaveLAN card
The robot’s computer runs a Java application which listens for, and acts upon Elvin command notiﬁcations. Two-way video and audio is provided by Microsoft’s NetMeeting. The person controlling the robot can use a simple GUI to send commands.
The remote Voyager pilot sees something like this:
The yellow bar gives an indication of the direction of the wheels. When a cog appears from either side, the controller knows they are at the far left/right of the steering. Any further steering results in the steering gears violently coming apart. The black bar is to help you position directly ahead.