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Perseus 2, 2007-12-04
General: in an attempt of continuing the perseus 1 project, the first improvement I've tried was to eliminate the need for a remote computer
modified RC truck, with servo controlled direction on front wheels, and geared (weak) motor on back wheels for propulsion.
Mini ITX D201GLY2 motherboard with 1.3GHz Celeron CPU, 512MB RAM, IDE2CF and CF2SDCard adaptors for a 2GB SDCard based DOC (disk on chip), M2-ATX DC-DC PC power supply 160W, 4x8 AA rechargeable batteries connected for 10.4V @ 10.4Ah .
This design was a failure. The heavy batteries overloaded the motors, and the original H Bridge circuit transistors vaporized. The platform is too weak for the robot's mass.
Additional problems: motherboard resets when motors are triggered since there is only one common power source. Some high capacitors or separate power sources would have solved this.
project was abandoned - seeking for a better platform.