Extra: Fusion , the Hippodrome, and the Range Sensor FB12c

In this video we look at the use of a Range Sensor, combining with an Optical Distance Sensor, to assist Fusion to navigate around a Hippodrome. Neither the Fusion nor the Spartan Basic Kits include a Range Sensor, which can be purchased separately here.

The Range Sensor is unusual in that it combines two sensors, an Optical Distance Sensor, and an Ultrasonic Sensor.

  • The Ultrasonic Sensor is good for detecting objects at a greater distance, but has problems detecting objects that are close to the Robot.
  • The Optical Distance Sensor is good for detecting objects that are close to the Robot, but not so good for objects that are further away.

The two sensors are combined in the Range Sensor to provide a good object-recognition sensor that can be used to detect objects both far and near.

This “proof of concept” video demonstrates how the Range Sensor’s Optical component can combine with a separate Optical Distance Sensor, to allow Fusion to navigate around a Hippodrome.