Let's Make Robots!

Blue Dome in progress...

It manipulates objects (test movements for now).

Well, I'm restoring an old robot, because I'm now able to use Basic Stamps. This robot is a Parallax & DeAgostini projects which came out from newsagent's, so file by file, component by component I've done this robot when I was 7. OMG !!! I was a bit distructive (I opened a servo to know how it works lol) BUT NOW I KNOW HOW TO WORK ON IT.



The hand was working bad for low batteries so now it's running with the aid of a power supply or good batteries.

The robot now can be controlled via IR SONY-Compatible remote, as you can see in this old photo.

IR Remote

It can run in all directions using 2 Futaba Continuous servos...


...here you can see also the Main Battery holder ( 6V ) and the Auxiliary Battery holder ( 9V ), the switch for "end-opening" and finally the connectors for two IR Sensors.

The hand works up/down & open/close, of course. There are also two switches for "end-lifting" and "end-dropping", the one mentioned previously and the "patented" OddBot Pressure Sensor.


Here are visible the Auxiliary Breadboard; the 20 ways BUS from Bs2 to the BB; low visible resistors and a condensator, to Pull-Down the switches and for the RC circuit wich interface the Conductive Foam to the Bs2.


Please, if someone more professional have any tips for me, I'll be very glad to know them!

Also working in progress:

                                  _A 10 LEDs police siren pattern.


Special Thx to:

                    _OddBot ( for Pressure Sensor ).

                    _All who said my bot is nice.

For now is ALL

See you on next update.

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It's very simply... You can either download PDF Parallax Books from their official website or i can write you a long mail with a list of commands ;-)
Nice engineering of the Fork Lift part with the Limit switches and nice integration of the Pressure sensor Switch.

Thx, I'm working for IR sensors, but I've not found any suitable sensor for now. When this will done, Blue Dome get autonomous.


very nice
Thx... Still UpDating!!!
What do you mean?


Very cool robot! Careful when talking about Basic Stamps at LMR, folks 'round here don't take too kindly to them ;)


Seriously though, very nice job. :D 

I don't know why, maybe for the simple way to program it or the low number of pins? Yes, this may be true but is all I've got.

I've got also a PIC, EasyPIC4 from mikroelektronika, but it don't want to work... When it will, this will be my way to control bots.

This bot is too POOR, he's ( HE because is my friend ) already upgraded with many sensors, but still missing the IRs.

To map the envoironment imagine to put two IR, so they will scan in fron of them in straight line. Those lines corresponds to the opening limit of your gripper . Now make your bot rotating , for example, to the left until a near object came in fron of the RIGHT IR. Now your bot will rotate in opposite way, COUNTING the TIME OR PULSES it takes to find the object with the other IR. If the object INTERRUPTS BOTH IR SIGNALS, IT'S TOO BIG, otherwise move the bot again in the opposite way using HALF PART of pulses counted before. Now you have the object in front of the bot, alligned to the gripper so move forward and pick up it.

I hope I was clear, because for an Italian is not simple.


Great little bot! That gripper would look really cool with some lights inside :)

You could do a lot with that base.