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Figure 0 - Goober is a compact and extremely capable all terrain exploration robot
Goober is a compact and extremely capable all terrain exploration robot

Goober is a follow up to my other video controlled robot, Oberon. Although both robots actually have the same control system and drive electronics, Goober is made to be much more compact, robust, and powerful, with larger drive motors and a steel body. Oberon was made to explore the outer world and interact with people so that robot had a cyborg like head that could move around and look at people. Goober is more of a security robot, made to withstand the elements and sneak quietly around the dark using night vision and a very low lux camera.

Being controlled via audio and video link, Goober is a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) designed to explore the surrounding neighborhood under joystick control. Goober is about 2 foot square, and weighs approximately 150 pounds, so navigation of the urban terrain is no problem. Operating range is about one square mile depending on weather conditions and terrain. Images received are color during the day and infrared (black and white) during night operations. Goober is fully weatherproof, able to operate in rain, slush and snow and has more than enough power to easily pull a parked truck with a rope while a person sits on the lid to help with traction. Considering this incredible power and a top speed almost as fast as the average person can run, Goober is very well behaved and can operate safely indoors.



Figure 1 - This was my first ROV made from a toy truck and hacked video camera
Figure 1 - This was my first ROV made from a toy truck and hacked video camera

The idea to create Goober and Oberon came to me many years previous as I experimented with an extremely crude ROV that was little more than a toy truck with a hacked video camera and transmitter duct taped to the body. "Duct Tape Rover" had only 100 feet of range, a 15 minute run time, and sent back hazy and wobbly video, but it was so much fun to use! Being able to watch the video monitor while the remotely operated vehicle was exploring the outer world gave a unique video game-like experience, making the terrain look completely different from the low perspective. At that point, I know one day I would build a much better ROV capable of long range, extended run times, and with the ability to traverse any terrain.

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