fonerabot1.pngFrancisco Suvires, a 19 years old Spanish student with a passion for electronics, has just won the first prize at the MadridBot 2008 competition with its project Fonerabot.

Yes, as you can tell from the picture, it’s an incredible wheel-equipped exploration robot built out of a Fonera! This little moving Fonera can obviously be controlled via WiFi and, while exploring around, it can also get and transmit information like the room’s temperature and lighting conditions.

p1050110.JPGFrancisco opened a Fonera, played with its electronics and loaded open source software on its firmware to control the engine and the sensors he installed on it. A web interface allows him to steer his Fonerabot and get continuous updates from the sensors.

Congratulations Francisco!

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Brokenglish.blogspot.com on April 3, 2008  · 

I can imagine sexual toys controlled by wi-fi and made out of foneras.
brokenglish.blogspot.com

steven on April 3, 2008  · 

PJMDS has also created a fonerobot : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hBb3F27Tsc

Valentin on April 3, 2008  · 

Hi Martin. I am afraid this one is off topic: I just raised a question for you on my blog.
It is about fon, something for fon labs and vpn. Maybe you take a look. Any answer woul be great. link

A.Faith on April 3, 2008  · 

I was wondering, if you are promoting all those FON hacks, why don’t you release a development firmware of Fonera, that could allow you to modify your fonera without disturbing it’s original functions. after all, it could help a lot the FON community.

Martin Varsavsky on April 3, 2008  · 

A. Faith

In the next 90 days we will!

A.Faith on April 3, 2008  · 

is this for real or it’s sarcasm ?
if it’s real, it’s one of the best news i’ve got today 😀 (do you mind if I email you?)

Paulo Silva (PJMDS) on April 4, 2008  · 

Hi steven, thanks for mention my project, I improved it since last video, now the only things to improve are software related, I will make a video soon with the car running around very fast 😉

Congratulations to Francisco Suvires, the fonerabot looks very cool, I wonder what power source was used because the fonera and motors drain much current, you need a good battery but also one not very heavy.

best regards to all

F. Javier Suvires García on April 7, 2008  · 

Hello, I would like to say thanks for everything. I will upload some more information to my blogRoBoOpS soon. Paulo Silva I think that you fonera is more faster! It would be great if we keep in touch to share our knowledge.

Paulo Silva (PJMDS) on April 7, 2008  · 

Hi Javier, you can find me @ http://boards.fon.com , send me a private message there and I will give you my contact.

My “bot” is fast but very heavy because of the battery, I’m thinking of adding one network camera in order to control it anywhere but they are expensive and I can’t afford one right now 🙁 , the way it’s controled must be improved.

best regards

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