Kinvert shows you how to program the Anki Vector robot to play fetch. The Vector robot play fetch program is easy to write and we show you how.
Both Vector and Cozmo are an amazing way to learn programming. If you want to know the differences between the two check out Cozmo vs Vector.
This is one of many Vector Coding Examples.
Playing Fetch With Vector
Vector is already pretty fun and lovable. We can add to the fun by getting him to play fetch.
He will wag his tail waiting to be touched on the back. Eventually when the SDK is updated we plan to say “Hey Vector, go fetch” and he’ll do it. But for now the SDK is still in Alpha testing.
You can read more about the Anki Vector SDK in Python.
To do this, at least for now, you have to be connected to Vector’s cube. So you can’t have a dead battery.
It takes a very specific battery and you can’t find it just anywhere.
We have an article on How to Replace Cozmo and Vector’s Cube Battery.
TLDR – The Most Popular Battery Currently:
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Fetch the Commands
What commands will we be using? Here they are:
This is a pretty long program but it is still fairly simple and straight forward.
You can see an article about Kinvert and also find documentation in top navigation at https://developer.anki.com/blog/features/interview/from-stem-to-learn/
Fetch the Code
Let’s go over the code to make Vector play fetch.
We do our imports at the top, then define our main function. Vector will drive off his charger, and make sure his head and arms are down.
He connects to his cube, which can take a while sometimes. Then he’ll remind you that he messes up sometimes.
He will then start wagging his tail with the set_wheel_motors() commands. He is waiting for you to touch his back with robot.touch.last_sensor_reading.is_being_touched.
Once you touch his back, he will leave that while loop and proceed to dock with the cube using robot.behavior.dock_with_cube().
He then checks to see if he docked, and lifts his arms with robot.motors.set_lift_motor. Vector will then turn around and bring you back the cube using robot.behavior.turn_in_place and robot.behavior.drive_straight.
He wags his tail again as before waiting to be touched. When touched that is telling him “drop” and he will drop the cube for you.
Currently he will try to fetch 5 times.
""" Copyright Kinvert All Rights Reserved If you would like to use this code for business or education please contact us for permission at: www.kinvert.com/ Free for personal use """ import anki_vector from anki_vector.util import degrees, distance_mm, speed_mmps import time def main(): '''Play fetch with Vector Touch his back to signal to him that he can go get his cube Once he comes back, touch his back again to tell him to put down the cube ''' args = anki_vector.util.parse_command_args() with anki_vector.Robot(args.serial) as robot: robot.behavior.drive_off_charger() robot.behavior.set_head_angle(degrees(-5.0)) robot.behavior.set_lift_height(0.0) print("Connecting to a cube...") robot.world.connect_cube() robot.say_text("I am still learning this game so I might make mistakes") for i in range(5): dock_response = False docking_result = None while not robot.touch.last_sensor_reading.is_being_touched: robot.motors.set_wheel_motors(-50, 50) time.sleep(0.1) robot.motors.set_wheel_motors(50, -50) time.sleep(0.1) robot.motors.set_wheel_motors(0, 0) time.sleep(0.25) dock_response = robot.behavior.dock_with_cube( robot.world.connected_light_cube, num_retries=3) if dock_response: docking_result = dock_response.result robot.motors.set_lift_motor(50) time.sleep(1) robot.behavior.turn_in_place(degrees(180)) robot.behavior.drive_straight(distance_mm(100), speed_mmps(100)) while not robot.touch.last_sensor_reading.is_being_touched: robot.motors.set_wheel_motors(-50, 50) time.sleep(0.1) robot.motors.set_wheel_motors(50, -50) time.sleep(0.1) robot.motors.set_wheel_motors(0, 0) time.sleep(0.25) robot.motors.set_lift_motor(-50) time.sleep(1) robot.say_text("Woof, woof, bow, wow") robot.behavior.turn_in_place(degrees(180)) robot.world.disconnect_cube() if __name__ == "__main__": main()
Python Code Improvements
Once we have better voice commands (remember this is the Alpha testing version currently) we’ll switch from touch to voice.
How can we improve the Anki Vector Robot Fetch code a bit?
If you wanted Vector to act a little more excited to go fetch, what might you change?
How would we get Vector to fetch more than 5 times?
To get Vector to drop the cube a little more gently, what might we change to do that?
What else could you get Vector to say to be a little more funny?
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