My fellow LVL1'er Brian Wagner and I were hanging out at our favorite hackerspace one night sharing a couple of beers and wondering, is it possible to come up with a design to use sources that can cost $50 or less? Â Surely there are enough deals out there that this would be possible. Â Brian is very good at electronics, and I rarely ever pay retail for anything. Â Hell, my mother raised me to think "irregular" was a brand name. Â So thats the goal. Â A $50 mini-Sumo. Â So we thought we would put this blog post out there to get the ball rolling. Â Nothing makes you commit like some big words posted on a hackerspace site. Â We'll keep you posted!
Many readers of this blog have probably either built a mini-Sumobot or watched one in a mini-Sumobot competition. Â They are works of art, a tight little bundle of power, sensors and control, with one task in mind: push the other little bugger off the mat. Â The designs on these little bots vary widely in design as well as performance. Â Did I mention that they can be expensive? Â Even ready to make kits are over $100 shipped to your door. Â And if you are going to buy a lot of specialized parts online including the right motors, wheels, sensors and a brain can cost you a fair amount.