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Figure 32 - Spybot stops to take a look around after traversing a large hill
Figure 32 - Spybot stops to take a look around after traversing a large hill

The off-road abilities of this small robot were extremely good considering the base was nothing more than an inexpensive toy truck. Having the extra weight of three battery packs and steel body really kept the traction high and the robot could cross over just about any obstacle or hill without any problem at all. Only once I lost the RC signal, but that was after I drove behind a brick wall form a block away! The video signal was strong, but I had to move a few feet over with the portable base unit to regain control over the drive system in order to back up a bit. A digitally encoded remote control would be much better.



Figure 33 - A portable spy robot with night vision made from scrap parts and a toy truck
Figure 33 - A portable spy robot with night vision made from scrap parts and a toy truck

The spybot was a complete success, and ran for several years before I tore it apart to make something new from the parts. Each time I create a new robot, I learn from previous version so my next security robot will by much quieter, larger, and have a very high end camera system with a motorized 200x zoom lens as well as a high resolution digital camera. I would also like to include a much better lithium ion battery pack for extended endurance, a 5 watt video link, encrypted RC controller, and some form of self defense built in. My new security robot will also have autonomous operation and the ability to find its way back to a charging base using GPS tracking. The onboard weapons will be mainly used to disable a vehicle, so a drill or cutting disc will be used. Spy Bot-II will be half ROV and half Battle Bot!
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