Any chance you all could create a “run your code on one of our robots” playground?
DI/ModRobotics could create a 10’ by 20’ walled “Remote Robot Playground” in one of your garages. Paint a gray road network with broken and solid yellow center-lines for passing and no passing zones and lane side (maybe some with a bike lane, robot violators will be docked execution time?).
Add stop signs, round-abouts, speed limit signs, parking lots, and a two way traffic light controlled intersection. Paint a row of homes on one end wall, each with a “address number” on a mailbox at the end painted on the floor driveways. Paint a strip-mall of stores on the other end with a common parking lot having a one way entry, line of parking spots, and one way exit back to the road network.
Equip each “remote programming controlled robot” with a pycam, a front servo mounted distance sensor, a rear mounted fixed distance sensor, and perhaps no line followers to make it challenging.
Extend the concept of “connect to robot” you currently have for Blockly, (or the web page command concept of the RemoteCameraRobot), to offer a secure login protected landing page where users can see which robot is “available”, connect to a robot, and run their programs.
Users can snap a photo to “see” what the robot is seeing, and use OpenCV to perform line following and object recognition to navigate from a “robot home” to a “robot bank” to withdraw some currency, then navigate to the “robot supermarket” to buy some spare parts, and then navigate back to the proper “robot home”, backing up to the robot garage (which should have recharging contacts that mate to the robot’s rear.) The user should check the robot’s recharging status [not_charging, need_charging, charging] to make sure the robot is properly docked at the “robot garage”.
Offer reservation time slots for 80% of the robots to educators, with a support chat feature. Now we’re talking remote robotics education!
Offer an end of the school year competition for the best from each educational institution, with a free “Non-remote GoPiGo3 Educators Kit” to the winning school?
Please, please keep expanding opportunities for learning with the GoPiGo and Gigglebot robots!