I've had this idea bouncing in my head for awhile and I feel like it needs to be let out so others can have their say about it. Let's collaborate!!! Bring on the ideas!! I could describe it much more eloquently, but I just want it out for now so sorry for the uglyness that is about to follow. So here we go: Wouldn't it be cool if it was possible to have heliostats non stationary - mobile in other words? Imagine, going anywhere you want, pushing a button and then having a heliostat roll on out, find a sunny spot for itself and then self-orient to your set target? If it gets shaded, it would self move to a new and sunny location. That's what I've been thinking, but on a grander scale, in a backyard. Imagine a swarm of micro-helostats, all with sensors for self leveling, orienting and sun seeking. It really wouldn't be too hard to do I think. Deployable mirrors could be added, using mylar epoxied to snap band trusses so it could be rolled away in bad weather. Each heliostat would communicate with each other via cheap nRF24L01 boards. All use cheap, but incredibly strong 28byj-48 steppers and cheap 3 DOF sensors. Have them all solar powered. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattt? Am I crazy here? Now, that'd be cool!
I think it'd be great anyway, to have a dozen of these things running around my yard.