Seek N’ Sneak is an Arduino powered self-controlled robot which is able to run around, find objects, grab them, relocate them and do many other useful and funny things.
Seek N’ Sneak robot at a glance.
The two driving wheels of this robot are powered by independently controlled motors and equipped with 128-steps-per-revolution encoders allowing for precise control of the angular position of the wheel, as well as its velocity and acceleration.
An independent 2D orientation of the rover is provided by two side mounted IR proximity meters. Objects are detected by the third centered IR proximity meter. The three IR sensors can be replaced by one PING)))™ Ultrasonic Distance Sensor.
The arm is run by 3 super-strong servo-motors, so it is fast and powerful enough to push up about 3 pounds, or even lift the robot itself, or throw objects.
Seek N’ Sneak is an Arduino Mega 2560 powered robot. The robot software is completely open sourced, so you can either use the original software which has already been developed for you, or you can modify it as you please to meet your demands. You can then use commands like LOOK FOR AN OBJECT, GRAB or THROW instead of writing low-level code to control the sensors, motors and servos directly or develop your own way of thinking for the robot from scratch using the Arduino integrated development environment.
Though Seek N’ Sneak was designed as a fully autonomous, upgradable robot. There is plenty of space inside the body of the robot to extend Arduino board with extra sensors or with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth shields to establish communication with a computer or remote control.
Seek N’ Sneak’s body and arm parts, depending on the kit you choose, are made of either 5mm laser cut black acrylic glass, 3mm laser cut galvanized aluminum or 2mm milled carbon-fiber composite.
8.4 – 9.6V accumulator is used as the only power supply.
What can Seek N’ Sneak robot do?
The most impressive thing is that the robot runs as a fully independent unit:
- it can find and collect objects on the ground,
- chase and attack other robots
- you can make it organize your living space, placing things back in place whenever they are found where they should not be.
You are only limited by your imagination.
Can you use it?
YES, if you have a very basic knowledge in electronics and programming OR if you are able to accurately follow simple instructions. Seek N’ Sneak robot is provided as a kit, so you will need some basic tools including wrenches, screwdrivers, diagonal cutter and soldering set. For young technicians supervision is recommended.
The Seek N’ Sneak robot can also be a great gift to get your child interested in robotics. Since the databank of free software will be continuously replenished, people with no programming background can also enjoy the fun of robotics.
No matter if you are an experienced programmer, a robotics fan, or a school teacher trying to interest kids in robotics, the Seek N’ Sneak is a great way to learn about mechanics, electronics and programming… All in one!
What would you need to build SNS robot?
- laser cut body parts (plots included)
- DC motors with encoders,
- dual motor shieldand wheels,
- arm powering servos,
- IR proximity meters,
- an Arduino Mega 2560* or analog control board,
- screws, nuts and spacers, flanged bearing wheels, wires, connectors, breadboard and other minor parts.
You will be provided with a full step-by-step tutorial explaining how to assemble your Seek N’ Sneak robot. Moreover, you will get the intermediate programming sketches that will help you to properly connect and test all the electronic parts one by one.
* You can replace it with Arduino UNO as it has exactly as many pins as needed. However we strongly recommend Mega 2560 board because it gives you a lot of room for experiments with additional drives, sensors, screens, pushbuttons or LEDs.
Seek N’ Sneak evolution.
We made a lot of modifications, but most of them were made on paper. In the end there was only one predecessor which successfully solved the problems of self-orientation and finding objects. It looked like this:
- Sergey Cherednichenko for technical consulting,
- Aspro company for carbon-fiber composite parts set,
- Alex Stolpovsky for providing various tools and parts