I am getting back in to EE after some time so please excuse my ignorance. I am looking for a way to detect pinpoint location outdoors to navigate a robot for a project with my sons.
Is there a low cost way to triangulate or use GPS? I am looking for down to the inch precision. Also I do not care if I need to place some transmitters in different locations to give the device a reference.
This is for a robotic lawnmower. I have a 2 acre yard and my house is near the middle with several trees as obstacles.
Two of my three boys (14yrs, 11yrs, 5rys old) brought up the idea so the real goal of this project is to spend time with them and pique their interest in EE & CE.
With that said cost is a factor but I do not care if we work on it for the next 2 years and spend a little along and along.
Here are my current plans
- Include a Windows PC on board so I can code against the sensors.
- Microsoft Connect on board to help with obstacle detection (reason for Windows PC)
- Include a USB GPS for general location
- Include camera just for the fun of it
In 2 years if I have some money in it that is okay but I do not want to start with a crazy expensive GPS.
Thanks to everyone who has help me!!!!