While the goal is to build a Robot
that acts like people think a Robot should act, this is probably not possible at this time. So
instead of working for many many decades (which I may do anyway) at creating a autonomous goal seeking machine it makes
sense to do this in steps. At least I will get some early satisfaction:
Step 1. The Machine.
This is what most of this site
is about, see the other pages.
Step 2. General mobility and remote
Once the actual Robot-machine
is designed and built a system of remote control and monitoring should be devised. Obviously the design considerations from
Step 2 should be included in step 1. And this will serve to work out some of the problems before proceeding to the next
Step 3. A degree of artificial intelligence, or,
"Igor! Bring me the brain!"
So, at least at first, some
form of remote control will be used. Fortunately (unfortunately?) there are many possibilities. Some are strictly short range
such as hobby RC systems and Bluetooth. Other have effectively unlimited range such as a GSM cell phone based system.
I have decided that the
short range system will be this: A 10 channel code hopping remote control
system. Much like that used in garage door openers and car lock remote systems. A very small transmitter, certainly less conspicuous
then a large RC airplane transmitter!