Let's Make Robots!


 Hi all,

You probably read my blog and know I am working on a design for robot legs inspired by the legs of Theo Jansen's Strandbeest.

Below is a picture of a plywood prototype on its way to become version 6.

Simple Inverter Updated: A killer project if u ask me(literally)- Gave me quite a few 230v shocks while debugging but finally it works. Read more

COSMA - Update 1

In the meantime I named the robot astronaut Cosma, a maiden name, ancient Greek for Cosmos. Below you'll find a more specific design study. I think I will 3-D print the main body and the head. I've furthermore tested a FSR (force sensing resistor) as a kind of pain receptor and the ArduEye.

new project: solar rover based on Picaxe 18X

the idea is to use a picaxe 18X as a brain for a little solar rover.

i have discovered that a picaxe can function as a solar angine because it works down to 2.5 volt

so im planning to use a solarbotic 33x37 policristalline cell wich provide 6.3V - 30ma

picaxe remain in nap mode untill caps reach a voltage near to 3.5 v then activate motors to accomplish an action loop....

and so on....

i use a 74ac240 as motor drivers and geared pager motors ...


by the test i have done till now it seems all can work properly....


Reading Words off Pages and Walls using OCR, Start of Indoor Localization

Today my robot read its first words with its own eyes!  from around 8ft away!

Got Tesseract OCR going on the bot.  Its reading words close up and from distance with large fonts.  This will be the start of my indoor localization system.  Bot will be able to determine what room it is in and where it is within the room to some degree, by remembering what is written where in the house and using it as landmarks for knowing its position, with a little geometry.

I'll post some video of this in action as soon as its polished.

the bot was controled by a central pattern generator.when i build bots,i like handcraft part more than elec part.   completed bot Read more

Code Post - Interfacing Arduino and Python

This is something I've done by hand at least ten times and always seem to lose it so I've decided to post it here. It is an easy way to debug and test stuff will developing software for the Arduino (or any Microcontroller really). There is a python code that sends string messages to the arduino over serial based on which arrow key on your keyboard is pressed. There is also an Arduino code that listens for these messages, then repeats the message back to the PC to make sure it went through.

WiFi - how can I talk to my bot with it?

I don't know much about networks and communications but most laptops and routers these days are wireless. Can we use this to interface with our bots?

A quick google on WiFi protocol told me that it is technically referred to as the 802.11 protocol.

The Xbee transceivers can also form a wireless network using the 802.15.4 protocol.

Ok. I have started my first custom robot! I'm going to call him "Luigi" cuz he was going to be controlled by an Arduino, but I decided not to. But its a cool … Read more

How to wire a bumper switch

Wire it like this picture and "jump" would be the code that is executed when the button is pressed...


IR Beacon

I need some hints for building IR beacons a robot can use to find home.

I found some blogpost on PIXACE but would be very thankful for schematics, parts used in relation with arduino code :-)


Thanks for any hints.

Seems i have collected a few ....apparently dead electric tooth brushes ...... or are they.... I have converted one as a contact-less charger to give me 5 & 3.3 … Read more
TTL serial converter cable which will allow for a simple way to connect serial TTL level devices to USB. No MAX232 or other level converters needed. It works very … Read more
The Beer Butler Robot Stays on your base and acts as a beverage cooler and will undock and bring you a drink on command then return home to charge and cool drinks
Using a
This is my Beer Butler project. It could bring you any beverage even bottled wine :) The base is a hacked Roomba Discovery 400 series and controlled by a EZ-Robot … Read more