Built off of my last project (Arduino powered Vex Robotics platform), I put together a netbook-powered robot that is driven by an Xbox controller attached to another PC. A wireless network connection transmits the joystick data from the laptop that the joystick is plugged into to the netbook, which interprets the data and feeds it to the Arduino by USB. The Arduino outputs pulse-width signals to 2 Vex Motor Modules (which are continuous rotation servos). The base is powered by a 12V NiMH battery pack I salvaged from a very old laptop but the netbook is powered by its own battery. Since the netbook has a web cam, it is possible to set up video streaming so that the netbook sends back a live video feed, allowing the robot to be controlled from a different room. The netbook is my new Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (Atom 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, Intel GMA950 graphics, 1024×576 10.1″ LCD, 160GB HDD) and it is currently running Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition (which does work fine on netbooks).
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