Aside from my work at IndexMedia, I have the occasional opportunity to indulge in some mechanical and mechatronic design projects. This particularly delicious project arose from a conversation over a beverage late one weeknight that went something like this:
“How hard do you reckon it would it be to build an automated coolroom for delivering cold cartons of beer?”
Me: “couldn’t be that hard, surely!”
“excellent, let’s build a miniature demonstration version to demonstrate the concept”
Me: “Sure let’s do it!”
Me the next day: “oh crap, what have I agreed to do!”
Anyway, 3 months later, here’s the design I came up with.
After weeks of painstaking research on ebay and hobby forums, I began to order the components. What you see below are the RC hobby sail winch servo’s, the Spectra fibre control line and the Pololu USB-servo control board.