Let's Make Robots!

Other robot builder communities

When we started this LMR-thing, there where not really that many robot-builder communities. Now I see them pop up, I just discovered the one that I will post below as a comment to this.

Apparently LMR is still the worlds biggest of it's kind, according to different websites that compare traffic, google-ranking etc.

So, I think it is in place to spread a little of our love, get the other guys some visits!

IR Homing Beacon?

I'm looking to build an Beacon, IR or otherwise, that a robot can see and simply drive to. Pretty much like a docking station for the robot to be recharged or a robot that follows you. (unless that's something different...)

I did a few searches, but I've only come up with robots that use a beacon and not how to build the circuit and write the code.

Any help? 


Edit: 8.31.09


I don't know if this helps, but I'm pretty much looking to build what CtC did here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/6499

List of good online shops for bot parts

I was wondering where online most of you go to shop for parts? Can we construct a master list of important websites here?

This list is from the URLs I've gathered from the various tutorials:

Practical question about servos and capacitors

I have read in many places on this site about using capacitors to reduce motor and servo noise. I am now using 0.1 uF capacitors across the leads of my motors as standard practice. I'm also using 470 uF and 0.1 uF capacitors around both sides of my voltage regulator. As yet I haven't tried applying a cap to a servo, and I have a quick question.

Subsumption based robots

An awesome presentation on subsumption-based robots by David Andersson, it's a bit long, but it's totally worth it.


S.A.M. as an Arduino Library - Software to make our robots talk

Back in the good old days of Atari's and Commodore64's there was a program called S.A.M. the software automated mouth. Considering this was available about 30 years ago I have always been dissapointed at the lack of progress in robotic speach since then.

I know there is some much better speech programs available now but how often have you had a computer talk to you?
S.A.M. is actually built into Adobe Reader. Just open a PDF file, go to the "View" menu and at the bottom you will find "Read Aloud".

Best way to monitor battery level?

With a picaxe or arduino. Best answer gets a cookie. OK, Go!

LMR scrapbook

Hey guys,

More and more often our work is showcased on other sites - let's have it collected, links, scrapbook :)

Good Pan/Tilt Code (Code example included)

I recently did a small consulting gig and built a one-off robot for a customer. The gig included the hardware but also the client needed some example code to get himself up and running a bit quicker. This turned out to be a great oportunity for me to sit down and clean-up some code that I have been using for years, in this case, my pan and tilt code...

Struggling with creating libraries for Arduino


Documentation of my efforts will be continued in my blog: Building a new controller - fun and games

Thanks to the help of my fellow LMR members I now have a working library. I have attached the initial library created as a result of this forum. A big thanks to cr0c0, Maus and Mogule who put a lot of effort into helping me with my code. The attached library is not the final product, I need to add more functions and examples yet (I may also need more help).

LMR keyrings and other merchandise

During my time as a member of LMR I have seen the odd discussion about LMR T shirts, caps etc.  Jack would like to help promote LMR and is looking at producing some keychains.

The minimum order is 300 and it cost about $600 USD to have the mold made. We would sell them at cost ($2 USD) or give one out with every order from an LMR member. We are not doing this to make money but to promote LMR as the best robot site on the web.

Below is the design Jack proposes. What do you think? Does LMR need or even want merchandise?

ArduBlock: a open source graphical programming language for Arduino integrated with the IDE

<a href="http://blog.ardublock.com/">ArduBlock</a> is a graphical programming languages that integrated with the Arduino IDE. It's originally inspired by <a href="http://scratch.mit.edu/">MIT's Scratch</a>. ArduBloick

Darwin is a hacker

How many monkeys on type writers does it take to write the collected works of Shakespeare? Or Asimov for that matter? It has been claimed, but never tested, that a limited amount of monkeys will indeed produce such a work.

Given enough time...

Micro Magician robot controller - I can finally tick the project complete box!

I started designing this controller in December 2011. After 4 months and 2 previous revisions it will finally be shipping out April 2012. I think this is DAGU's best Arduino compatible robot controller yet!

Designed for small robots using small batteries, the Micro Magician is a 3.3V controller running at 8MHz.
Working from 4.5V to 9V means this constroller can run from a single LiPo cell or 3x NiMh batteries.
Reverse polarity protection means no blue smoke if you get your power wires crossed (reverse polarity diode rated at 3A).