Linux Robot Masters Automatic Charging

Take a look at this little home-brew Linux robot, which has routines to allow it to find its recharging station when needed.


(Linus robot automatically recharges)

Using the automove covered in the previous 2 posts, the robot can move automatically throughout a mapped terrain. It can use any of itís other sensors and logic to decide which routine (path) to take at the end of any given routine. The only difference here, is that a specific charge function has been written. The last function in the routine below ends the robot about 12 inches from the charging station. The charge function brings it back and closer in smaller increments, lining up using itís right and back sensors. It then turns itís charging terminals on, and makes smaller still movements and adjustments until it detects charge.

SF fans from back in the day recall the 1960 short story Callihan and the Wheelies by Stephen Barr:

Amanda glared at the little object on wheels - it was about the size of a rollerskate and it seemed to be considering what to do next. It turned its photoelectric scanners this way and that, waving its jointed grappling arms about. Then it appeared to make up its mind, and trundled over to a wall socket in the baseboard, plugged itself in and proceeded to recharge itself.
(A self-charging robot)

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