3 months ago, we introduced an iHub Robotics Initiative. We happy to announce that our first in-house robot is up and running. It is a DFRobotShop Rover and has an arduino based controller controlling it. The project is led by Caine Wanjau an esteemed green member at the iHub for the last one year.
Caine grew up and completed his primary and high school education in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon finishing high school, he went to Japan for a year to do his pre-University course, where he also learnt Japanese. According to Caine, it was an eye-opening and fun experience and encouraged him to think big especially in robotics. Hisnext stop was Melbourne, Australia, where he did his undergraduate studies. He graduated with a degree in Computer Technologies, with a focus on Hardware Engineering. It is here he honed his skills in Hardware programming and robotics, and as part of his studies he designed numerous robots. He moved back to Kenya in November 2010 and is currently enrolled in the Safaricom Academy/Strathmore University Masters Program.
Caine assembling the robot at the iHub:
The code is written in the wiring programming language, which is similar to C++. Caine has written some sample code to give the robot some functionality.
Moving forward, we plan to add extra functionality, such as external sensors and wireless control so as to make it a fully mobile and self-controlling device. We would like to invite anyone interested in programming robots or who would like to learn how to program robots to let us know by dropping us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org