Hey! This thing is still a Work in Progress. Files, instructions, and other stuff might change!

Arduino Book Case (Printable IR proximity sensors and armor mod)

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Arduino Book Case (Printable IR proximity sensors and armor mod) by jasonwelsh Dec 16, 2012

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What does a tank need ?


Ok so the armor is plastic and the guns are actually printable IR proximity sensors.

What? noooo....... you can do that?
Sort of..... they are actually just parts from crap shack assembled in a sexy new package that works like those expensive 14 dollar IR sensors found on most electronic sites. Mine are 3 dollars to build!

All together this mod will give you.

2 printable Infrared Proximity Sensors.

Armor side plates with new mounting holes.

A front bumper that can hold even more sensors.

Im leaveing this thing as a Work in progress just because I will have more sensors in the future.

For Robot in action without Sonar click here


You'll need to print this first

The tracks are located here

Then watch this video for the sensors and armor assembly


If you want to learn how to write the proximity code watch these

Also provided is this playlist that will walk you through the code and hardware setup.

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New sensors added / new code written / final code is now shared on the left. (still tweaking it from time to time)

New battery pack added.

New video to see him in action


Video added to explain how the sensors mount


Added a QRD1114 IR Emitted Phototransistor Mount to the bottom so it can detect edges.
"IR EDGE detect.stl"

Image included to help with the build.

Scratch pad with Arduino code used to tune the servos and hook up the IR. Videos will also be added showing how to use the code.

Writing the IA code now for the IR proximity avoidance I will post it also when completed. Then I will be outfitting Sonar and Light once my Sensors get here from Adafruit.

Hmm a cutting laser and a claw.......... just thinking...

Oh you beautiful geek of a man.

I was thinking low level orbiting satellite but hey Quad copter would be good to. ;)

Sonar bar added for

Maxbotix Ultrasonic Rangefinders to be mounted on the top front

Added the blender file for those that want the geometry in its quad state.

The way your arduino bookcase is evolving, I'm starting to think this may be how skynet starts.  :)

Thanks for posting!
Can you post the OpenSCAD or Sketchup files as well? I am using IR sensing in one of my projects and would love to leverage the idea but dont need it as armor.