DA Lamp is a documentation assistant robotic lamp.
By the side of desks or work tables, it is able to move automatically and help people record every details of your projects while they are focusing on their work. Connecting to project-based version control system (VCS), it could take every snapshots in the process of building hardware and software such as commits in Git.
Luxo Jr. Lamp by Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida
For electronic components, I can get most of them from local stores in Guang Hua Digital Plaza in Taipei but Attiny44A from DigiKey. For plywood, screws and nuts, they could also be found in Taipei. But I have to buy servo motors from internet.
Attiny44A, several electronic components and cables
~ $125 in total
In this part, the lamp frame combining with servo motors, base, and arms should be designed to be robust and workable.
I am going to use gears to drive motors and let each joint be drived by gear motors in 2:1 gear ratio. And the gears will be servo motor horns directly.
Servo driver module
Each servo will connect to a module which could communicate with each servo driver and Arduino-like control board on I2C protocol and send PWM signal to servo motor.
Tracking system and camera module
It could be implemented with Android phone which have built-in camera module in first version and send commands to Arduino-like board to control servo motors for tracking items.
I am going to design and make hardware in two weeks, and then program and test software and firmware in two weeks.
For every Fab Labs or makerspaces, people who would love to share their knowledge could use DA Lamp to easily record and make the documentation of their projects. They could even cooperate with people from local space to the world.
DA Lamp would make the hareware development more progressive.