SHOWALL HIGH VOLTAGE ROBOTICS
Figure 64 - Oberon in full uniform, waiting for another carbon based life form
Figure 64 - Oberon in full uniform, waiting for another carbon based life form

Oberon attracted a lot more attention once I added the top cover and head, as it gave the robot a personality. When idle, the LED chaser would just cycle back and forth behind the plastic lens making passersby wonder if the robot might actually be thinking about something. I would just sit and wait for a few people to collect in front of the robot and then have the head turn towards them as I spoke through the robotic voice changer, "Greetings Earth dweller!" I wonder who was more entertained, me at the controls, or the person talking to the robot? It was always fun to go out exploring with my 250 pound mechanical avatar, often a block away. At night, Oberon also made a great security guard, especially with the night vision provided by the infrared LEDs and low lux video camera.



Figure 65 - Oberon strikes a pose, waiting to go on another adventure
Figure 65 - Oberon strikes a pose, waiting to go on another adventure

Since building Oberon, I have made at least 10 more variations of the Remotely Operated Vehicle, some designed as show robots, others designed as security systems. Being able to look at a video screen as your creation interacts with the world, under remote control is a great deal of fun, especially when you can communicate with those who happen to cross paths with your mechanical avatar. Future versions of Oberon are in the works, and will include such upgrades as moveable arms, facial recognition, and the ability to respond automatically to speech using voice recognition.
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