I’m a programmer and I’m thinking about getting a gopigo for my 10 year old son who has some experience with scratch. He has expressed interest in robotics and home automation and he loves nerf guns.
My questions are:
I see you had a home automation contest a few years ago - but there was not a single entry? I found your Alexabot article but I’m wondering: can the Alexabot as presented do anything that alexa can, i.e. easily control smart plugs ( like a TP-Link HS100 ) ? Or does the alexa interface just trigger local routines that you have to program? Can you say: “Alexa, play my bedtime playlist” and have it play from your amazon music account or is it just using an alexa voice processing library?
In your scratch or dexterOS interfaces, can you write your own custom modules to insert into the graphical programming gui? So for example, can I write an advanced python module to control smart plugs and do other general things that you can do with a raspberry pi ( not specifically the gopigo ) and then can he just drag and drop my modules to use them in scratch or dexterOS?
Do you have any other examples/tutorials/recommendations regarding the gopigo and home automation? There is some general info out there on the raspberry pi and home automation but I’m not sure how easily that would integrate into the scratch or dexterOS programming environments. I think it would be a bit of stretch to have my son jump right to python.
If I could get the office canon you mention in several places I know this would be a hit with my son - but its not available anymore as far as I can tell. There was one guy who managed to attach a full size nerf gun to a raspberry pi robot, but something simpler would be preferable. Do you have any other ideas or projects with projectiles for the gopigo?