The aim of this project is to entertain both myself and my children by
converting a radio-controlled K9 toy into an autonomous robot under the
control of a RaspberryPi. I chose the
RaspberryPi because of it’s low power requirements, low cost and small form
factor (there is very little space inside the toy).

I have the following loosely defined set of goals

  • Anything that the toy could do via radio control, it should be able to do under the control of the ‘Pi
  • It should be WIFI connected and not tethered to another computer or mains power supply
  • It should have some basic sensors such as bump sensors and ideally a webcam for video input
  • It should have audio output
  • It should be entertaining to build and to play with