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January 7, 2009

Holio – Robotic Camera for Hole Investigation

at 5:11 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


This Robotic Camera for Hole Investigation system by Cannibal Robotics was built to have a look in a mystery hole. The camera can pan and tilt, the unit takes serial movement commands so that it can be driven from outside the hole using a tether cable (that can also be used to yank out the robot if it gets stuck). The system uses 4 servo motors that have been modified to operate in a constant rotation mode.


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11 Responses to “Holio – Robotic Camera for Hole Investigation”

  1. luk-san Says:

    4 servo motors for drive ?

  2. Chris B. Says:

    Seems like treads would have made it much more useful for hole crawling.

  3. Multiple Monitors Says:

    Dude that’s really cool! Of course you know pervs would be using these in women’s bathrooms! ha!

  4. TV Mount Brackets Says:

    and i thought this kinds of machine robots only exist in movies!

  5. Haku Says:

    I really like that, especially using servos as ‘direct-drive’ motors for the wheels. You could easily re-wire the servos so that one control board drives the motor of two, avoiding potential problems with two servos on the same side spinning at different speeds from an incoming split signal.

    For a while now I’ve wanted to make a very small RC car with full proportional drive/steering control and a wireless camera so I can drive it with my LCD glasses, like I’ve done with my Tamiya TLT-1 but on a much smaller scale to explore small spaces.
    I’d use a V-Tail Mixer to get tank-like control with a normal RC TX/RX setup so no need for a steering mechanism, with micro servers as the wheel drivers – £10 for 4 on eBay 🙂

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  7. koorosh Says:

    pls send for me robot programs & pictures & maps
    pleas help me

  8. Jim Says:

    Well Thanks All!
    I just found out about the publication of my stuff.
    Glad you like it. There is a tread version of this on my website now too.


  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Jim,

    Good to hear from you. That tread version is nice!
    Is there a video around?

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  11. Jim Says:

    I’ve gotten several nice comments and emails. One question that keeps popping up is ‘where do I get those treads?” The treads you see came from a radioshack toy I bought out of a junk pile post christmas.
    It had four of them. One was torn during the construction so I have the two you see and one spare – no clue where to get more. I wish I could be of more help as someday, I’ll probably need some too!

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