ATOM – the video-tracking robot

To satisfy their own curiosity and have some fun, young Instructables user “steve_hassan” has built his first robot with a few interesting extras. Instead of simply using a two-motor tank robot design, he has added bluetooth control that accepts characters over this wireless link, creating a simple method of remote control from many devices including an Android phone with a serial terminal emulator. Furthermore with the addition of a camera-enabled Android smartphone and video streaming app, the “driver” can see through the eyes of the robot. 

Although it’s pretty simple, the robot is a great first effort and the creator is to be congratulated for their efforts and documentation. And for more, we’re on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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