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!

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".

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

Our Respective "Workshops"

Thought it might be cool if we could show off our respective facilities. I think "Robotguy" should go first because that give the rest of us something to work up to!!!

Arduino Hand

I stumbled into this on the Internet :-

A simple elegant Hand sensor - servo finger combination.

EDIT :- YES I AM SHOUTING ......PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT ONE OF MY PROJECT

(however sponsor me the bits and i will make an LMR one)

Arduino Service - almost like "real" software ....

Arduino Service - almost like "real" software ....

LMR scrapbook

Hey guys,

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

Best way to monitor battery level?

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

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.

 

Minibloq: New graphical programming for Arduino, Multiplo and robotics

 

Hi!

I'm working on an new graphical programming environment for Arduino, physical computing devices and robots. It's called Minibloq and, although it's not finished yet, it's possible to see something here:

Robot Teaches Itself How To Walk.

Very interesting work of making a robot learn about itself using gyro feedback and programming in rules based around this.

Looks like it would be a quicker way to program robots to do complex tasks perhaps...