SHOWALL HIGH VOLTAGE ROBOTICS
Figure 62 - A naked Oberon peers through some tall grass during a long range spy mission
Figure 62 - A naked Oberon peers through some tall grass during a long range spy mission

It was so much fun to roll around the neighborhood and interact with people that I almost forgot to add the final touches such as lights, a voice, and the actual body and head coverings. The voice was provided by an FRS radio link, and I would speak though a Boss-VT1 voice changer set to "robot voice", giving Oberon a cyborg personality. I would often park Oberon in some tall grass and just pan the head back and forth, waiting for some curious person to come over for a look. Oberon would then spring to life and begin to talk, often to the amazement of the crowd, which always seemed to form as soon as I began the show. Having the camera hidden behind the lens, I was able to speak to my subjects and have Oberon turn to look right at them, making it seem as though the robot was intelligent and autonomous.



Figure 63 - A view from home base as Oberon explores the field across the street
Figure 63 - A view from home base as Oberon explores the field across the street

I also fitted Oberon with an infrared LED array so that I could navigate using night vision, which greatly enhanced the image after sunset. There were two bright incandescent lights mounted on the base of the body to act as headlights, and they could be switched on and off via the relay control link on the last RC channel. Some of the other hardware I tried on Oberon included a laptop with voice and facial recognition, an infrared tracking device so Oberon would follow behind me, and some crude object recognitions system for autonomous navigation, but that never really worked well. Oberon was certainly a robust ROV, and made a great entertainment robot for trade shows and special events.

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