Haywire by David Cousins

Based on the Basic Stamp II and the Board of Education (BOE), 
I built the robot after my 13 year old daughter attended
a Microcontroller Class for middle schoolers.  When she 
returned from class, I quizzed her enough to determine the
source for the Basic Stamp and the Board of Education.  
So I bought the BOE and we never looked back.  

The beast has two hacked servos, two analog IR Sharp censors, 
and two microswitches to guide it around the house.  On
top, is a voice recognition board, that is not functioning yet.  
Part of the problem with the voice recognition is the
loud background noise that the servos make.   The other problem 
with the voice recognition unit is that it requires an
eight bit interface with the Basic Stamp.  

For my next project, I'm considering a gadget that I can bolt 
to the dashboard of my car.  With a threaded rod, a
stepper motor, a thermistor I'm considering the project to 
build an actuator to move my dashboard temperature lever.
Talk about lazy, huh.  

Regarding the cost of Haywire, the BOE cost $100, the servos, 
18 each the IR about the same.  The voice recognition
unit costs $50.  

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has had success with a 
voice recognition unit.  

Dave Cousins

Email: cousins@hiwaay.net

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