G1 Powered “TruckBot”

Wired recently published a post on two techie guys who decided to create a robot integrated with Android.  Dubbed ‘TruckBot’ the robot could prove to be more than just gimmick.  While we’ve seen a handful of robots that were controlled using Android phones as remotes, this is the first we’ve encountered with a phone (G1) that acts as the brains.

Built with roughly $30 in parts, the team put assembled their creation in a local tech workshop in Menlo Park, California.  Rather than purchasing a pre-packaged Oomlout kit for $175, the duo opted to use a collection of pieces and parts that included cardboard, wires, and strap ties in addition to breadboards and breakbout boards.

Currently, TruckBot can only roll around on tabletops and use the internal compass to head in a specified direction. However, with a little bit of time and tweaking, a robot like this could be more practical than most think.  If they were to use all of the hardware and software of an Android handset, they could program future TruckBots to avoid obstacles, pinpoint its location, and recognize faces and voices!

To read the full profile on TruckBot, head to  http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/android-robot/#ixzz0hbsRt05f

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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8 Comments

  1. @MatthewPatience
    March 09, 01:22 Reply

    OMG, I want to make. About to click on the link hoping there is really easy instructions on the other end!

  2. doel
    July 14, 18:24 Reply

    thank you for sharing. nice post. i like it :p

  3. diet solution
    October 01, 10:42 Reply

    The wonder G1 powered Truckbot, robot integrated with Android is so fascinating and powerful that if they were to use all of the hardware and software of an Android handset, they could program future TruckBots to avoid obstacles, pinpoint its location, and recognize faces and voices! Thanks.

  4. It is exciting to learn about a robot integrated with Android, dubbed ‘TruckBot’ the robot which could prove to be more than just gimmick. Thanks for the nice information.

  5. Diet Solution
    October 31, 04:44 Reply

    Wow!! The Truckbot Is Awesome!! Thank you for sharing. will definately be doing more research about this!

  6. newburgh real estate
    May 24, 17:21 Reply

    Though for the time being, truckbot can only roll around on tabletops and use the internal compass to head in a specified direction, in a short while from now, it would improve to a more capable one.

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