I am a senior at Carl Sandburg High School. I build robots, and lots of them. Only a fraction of what i start actually gets finished in its original design. My main areas of "expertise" are line followers, and in the mechanical side of robotics.
Interested in robotics for about 20 years. Currently have five operational robots, and as many more in various stages of development. Guest robotics demonstrator at the Museum of Science and Industry in 2005-2006. Former ChiBots Program Chairman and former Competition Committee Chairman. ChiBots President in 2005. Designed and built ChiBots elevated gaming table, with help from other members. Active in design and development of ChiBots games; currently taking blame for Advanced, Racing and Fanciful Line Following.
Masters degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in DSP
Worked for Motorola for 12 years. Embedded DSP firmware, Audio algorithm development and implementation, some digital hardware, extensive embedded software on Motorola processors, mostly in assembly language.
Currently working for Thomson/RCA in Indianapolis as lead software engineer for portable multimedia products.
Robot hobbyist since 1994 (see website). Also enjoy woodworking, Sci-Fi, fine wines and beer.
Just another Sandwich from David Cook's book. 'Ham' because it has been used for extensive demonstrations by ChiBots at various events. No matter how creative, interesting or amazing other robots are, sandwich still grabs the public's attention because it's a Ziploc container with motors and blinkin' lights.
* Sorry, I forgot what I named it.
This was my entry into the Fall 2006 Table Top contest. It's pure Lego-NXT. It goes to the end of the table and back (without falling off!) and waves a Chibot's flag on it's way back while repeating "Yipee!". It got a perfect score, but came in fourth in speed. This motivated me to buy bigger wheels.
TuteBot is made from Lego Technic parts, Technic motors and relays. The design is straight from Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation (First Edition, the Second Edition has a lot of problems). TuteBot, as in Tutorial Robot, moves forward until a bump sensor closes, then it backs up while turning for an amount of time determined by an R-C circuit, then moves forward again.