Grisbot (S3) follows the light

grisbot s3

Poor Little Grisbot S3, I misprogrammed it this morning and instead of going forward it went backward — and off the table onto the floor. Despite landing upside down, it worked all right once I unbent the photocell leads.

Anyhow, here is the video of what I’ve programmed it to do now:

Programming this was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be. It ended up requiring multiple variables and calculations that broke the light responses into four zones:

light follow circle

(Click to enlarge.)

ZONE I: The left photocell reading is higher than the right, so we turn left.

ZONE II: The difference between left and right photocells is less than a set value, so we go forward.

ZONE III: The right photocell reading is higher than the left, so we turn right.

ZONE IV: The total of the left and right photocell readings is below a set value, so we stop.

Who sets the ‘set values?’ Why, the programmer does. And I’ll bet the robot behaves significantly different depending how they’re set.

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Once and future engineer.
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