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Gotta Start 'Em Young

I was putting together an order of PCB's to be made when my youngest, CharlieMac, became interested in the lay-out software I was using. I have to admit, it does look very cool when making a board --all those traces and pads, color coded... At any rate, I gave him a shot and he quickly (within 20 min) had figured out how the software worked. Being curious, I drew up a schematic on paper and gave it to him. Pretty simple, just a coin-flip circuit on a 08m. Ten minutes later, he had actually drawn it up... well! He got every connection correct.

Mysterious Tracks Appear in snow !!!!

Whats happening on Gs balcony ?

Off the track :- i need to ID this car and its year of manufacture - if anyone knows then please post a picture here and i will add you to the unofficial sponsors list........ really i am serious.

(But wait a moment - this project needs an MPU & motor driver - but which ones - what would you official sponsors send me haha)

I would like to reproduce this exact set up.........

Quadcopter begins

 

Well i finally went through with it and started on a quadcopter. I will probably just stick to doing RC with it but who knows, maybe one day i will make a quadcopter UAV.

 


 

12.24.10

Weather station project, Radio silence!

Here's a quick project update: I've been busy with studies, work and other stupid things and I haven't had much time to spend with really important stuff - my weather station project. Now that I finally got more time and spent couple of nights building I got radio silence! Oh ****!

Building a multi servo robot

The parts arrived in the mail! Here they are:

Propellor :- "Major Nichols" hits the Rollers - laser wheel encoder (Part 5)

One Etape closer.........

Decided it was time to try out my "Laser wheel encoder - Propellor Rig" with my actual racing bike :-

Starting to get the hang of the Propellors Display Gui.

Sporting in chronological order

A watched meter never boils

I would love to be able to have continuous readouts from my electricity meter in my home. Such a tedious job is time consuming and tedious. So I need a robot to do that for me.

New Parts YAY !!!!!!!!!!

Just got my Shipment of servo motors and brushless motors from Hobbycity.  Lets make robots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OpenCV

I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with openCV. I just downloaded and installed it and I was wondering if anyone knew what to do. I am mainly interested in the facial recognition part but it all seems really cool. Thanks for your help---Magykguy721

Propellor :- Laser Roller Install Part 4

Permanent install of laser/photo transistor brackets and circuit walk-though.

As the laser needs to be pretty "Solid",  i decided to install it using metal brackets.... so ......

..... it aint gonna move and miss-align whilst i hit 60Km/sec

 

Genetic Programming and Walking the Dog

I have been thinking for a long time about how to harness the power of the internet into programming robots.  I can imagine a robot here which I give some form of task.  Let's say (and this would be relevant) finding a wall socket and plugging itself in.  The task of successfully identifying a wall socket, moving the robot to a correct location, and inserting some sort of plug would seem monumental.

presentation anxiety

I used to work as a techy in theatre, and loved the part where a artist would come to us with a vision or idea, and we had to transform it into actual stuff. They would come in and say "and in the end she is eaten by a dragon" And we'd set about making an exitpoint on stage with lots of fake fangs and fire and smoke, a couple of lamps indicating dragon eyes and scary noises over the speakers.

Well, I've stopped doing that now, but picked up a hobby along the way: robots.

We won

we are going to the state F.L.L. tourimant !!

So, I'm a nerd

At a famliy weekend.. Everyone is talking, talking, talking.. Uh, what is that? Some Lego.. Oh, and a rubber band.. Hmm, what was it about my camera, it could take low quality, but high speed movies?


Enjoy :)

Something silly to smile about.....

 

Just a bit of fun...

 

 

Laboratory

I got a room that me and my brother can use as a lab if we make it usable. We'll make it a place to hold our server and all electronics stuff. Here are some pictures, and I'll update this blog as I make improvements.

This is the entrance to the lab

 

Hexamine as an experimental rocketry propellant

Today I started to experiment with hexamine and KNO3 as an experimental rocketry propellant, but whatever mixture ratio I used the mixture was unable to combust. I thought maybe the KNO3 is too wet so I dehydrated it, but the result was the same. Ok, the only possibility was that they chemcial store sold me something else than KNO3. The container was sealed and the chemical symbol right, but who knows in China... I made a aqueous solution of the salt and electrolyzed it. Odor of chlorine...So my KNO3 is probably NaCl or KaCl.

Bench Test - GP2Y0A21YK

I little while back I was blogging about my mini-sumo project, the Pink Pearl, named after a brand of pink eraser I like. I had decided on the pink color because I believe, contrary to popular opinion, color does not matter at the mini-sumo scale. Here are the results of my first bench test using the Sharp GP2Y0A21YK (10-80 cm) sensor.

**Disclaimer - This test was not performed under highly controlled laboratory conditions, but by a robot geek in a garage.**

I just love the LMR people here!!

Just wanna say THANK YOU to all LMR people here to help me out to understand more about building robot and some good concept for electronic knowledge. Thanks to Paul, RobotX, Chris, Ezekiel, Anas, birdmun and all others whoever post on my topic. Month ago I am just a guy who build robots that doesn't really know how regulators, diodes works or even spell them. Still long way to go and lots of practices thou~

Hopefully I could be someone who can help new comers to build their dream, too.

University Library Robot Phase#1

it is required to build a line tracking robot for the university library. This Robot job is to return back the books to their shelves. in this phase the robot is not expected to bring the books from the shelves also it is not required to put the book in its correct place inside the shelf. it is required to take the book and lay it on its correct shelf then the librarian should put each book in its place.

Each book must have bar-code sticker contains the book ID code (or ISBN code) in the library. Also each shelf must have its bar-code label.

Breadboard Jumper Wires Conspiring with Resistance?

Yup, that's:
no black
not so brown
red
orange
yellow
green
blue
violet
grey
white
still no black
brown, finally

Canadian National Robotic Games 2010

Hello all,

I had a great time in Toronto for this years Robot games.  I managed to get 2nd place in the masters mini sumo competition with Blaster shark.  I made a new robot called Driller shark which I will post shortly in the robot section.  It didn't do that well, but all in all I had fun.  Here are the pictures.

Ordinary lunch kit?

cr2cX - The long story

cr2cX was born as a robotic platform to test and experiment various concepts of the robotics field.

Because I have designed and build a robot 16 years ago I considered that it will be useful to start again and teach my kid some things. I have taken the hard way by designing and building every module and piece of software. To be able to speed the building and experiments a little, I've taken some shortcuts:

A not so dumb but practical motor controller

I've been working on Leo's motorcontroller and reading a lot lately on bots.  It got me to thinking about using multiple uControllers to do multitasking.  I've slimmed down my original motor controller concept to just a PicAxe 14M, a L293D and some resistors. What makes this motor controller different is that it does more than just control the speed and direction of two motors for an indefinite amount of time.  It's possible during setup to make it that each command only last for five seconds or increments of five seconds.

Weather station project, The weather is out there

The weather is out there and so the weather station must be out there too. My weather station (or what will someday be a weather station) has now spent last two nights outside on my backyard. The idea is to test how it, and especially its lead acid battery, survives in cold weather.

Nao Developer Program

For the robot software programmers out there, looks like Aldebaran robotics is starting a Nao Developer program (by invitation only, but some are available at this link:)

http://www.robots-dreams.com/2010/11/nao-humanoid-robot-developer-program-by-invitation-only.html

The neat part is that they'll be creating a "Robot App Store" eventually, exclusive to the robot developers. Should I apply... it costs 3600 euros to get a robot and development suite :S

Propellor :- laser spoke detector "Interactive Roller Experience" Part 3

Out with the reed-switch in with the lasered 32 spoke detector.

What this means is instead of 1 pulse per revolution of the wheel .....i have instead 32 (one pulse/spoke) ..... meaning a much faster update of my speed.

Video explains the details...........

New controller board

Hello, it's been a really long time, since I last posted something on LMR, but now I've made a new controller for my robot and I thought I'd blog about it.

The controller features

Propellor :- "Interactive Roller Experience" Part 2 Display Gui

nonstream link part2 Display Gui

At last i have cracked my Propellor/Spin Display Gui headache using a combination of the tv.spin and graphics.spin   object files.

The basic "Speedo" stage is complete giving me a much more satisfying digital and analog gauge to watch (already 1-up on the traditional cycle speedometers).