Web controlled surveillance robots are common robotic projects these days, but here’s one which comes with self docking capabilities is far less common. This “RoboCam” uses the iRobot for a base and incorporates a Parallax Propeller microcontroller.
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The RoboCam can be remotely controlled from anywhere with internet access. The live video feed is from a Panasonic BL-C30A Wireless Camera which allows you to see what the robot sees and it also has built in sensors to detect and evade objects. The robot continuously sends back data to a remote user such as battery life, temperature, voltage, and current via an internet browser alongside a live video feed.
Most of the functions are available on the Create robotic platform which can be bought off the shelf. The Norris Labs project page gives the source code and schematics that add to its capabilities. Be sure to also check out the Flickr Photostream.