Turtle is a simple robot I built recently just for fun. He is built on an iRobot Create base (a modified Roomba, from iRobot). See Alice for a newer robot, built on the Kobuki base.
As I started building this robot, I had started with the iRobot Create base when I discovered the ROS Turtlebot project (which has since moved to the newer Kobuki base). So, I purchased a couple of the Turtle “Deck Disks”, and mounted them on the iRobot Create base, and built a simple interface card to power the Kinect, Servos, and LEDs.
The ROS Turtlebot project is based upon Linux. I played a bit with ROS on Linux, but decided to stick with Windows for my development so I could focus on a single code base.
I modified my Loki software to work on Turtle, but it’s a bit of a hack. Feel free to use my code on a Turtle, but expect that you need good Visual Studio understanding to get it working. Mostly, I think the code is useful for examples (such as how to talk to Turtle and Kinect).
I found some blue led strips and put them all around the top. They are controlled by the laptop (see the schematic, it’s easy). The pictures don’t do them justice. They look pretty cool 🙂