Peppy and Pi become One
Some of you have asked: "What has happened to Pi?" At the Stanford
Robot Party, I used the name "Pi" instead of "Peppy" for the robot.
And of course, he had on his π t-shirt. The kids asked about his
name and I explained that since Pi ran on mathematics, I thought he
should have a special number as his name. They agreed.
In the meantime, it has come time to focus on one robot design and one
name. The original Pi Robot chassis was too boxy to accommodate the
movement of the arms which is the main reason Peppy was built. But
Peppy—now Pi—is about to become a little bigger and more sophisticated. In
particular, I am working on adding the omnidirectional vision system
into his torso. I will also add stereo vision to his head when I have
the funds. The wheels and drive motors will eventually have to grow
to support the extra weight, especially when I add the onboard
computer (which is standing by) and extra batteries. One option is to
use a self-balancing Segway base.
To reflect the merging of Peppy and Pi, I have edited the Pi Robot
home page accordingly. Of course, this will be confusing in the short
term but hopefully it will straighten out over the long run.