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A pile of robot

So I decided just to order a bunch of parts and build a robot.  It's not going to be anything original or anything, just a Tamiya tread set, universal plate, gear box, a baby orangutan from Pololu, a servo motor and an IR distance sensor.  It'll move around, look around with the sensor attached to the servo, and try not to run into anything.  I also got another really tiny distance sensor I hope to use to make sure it doesn't fall down the stairs.

Components ordered

Finally ordered the basic components for the auto-aiming wireless repeater bot, everything other than the servos and wheels basically :) Bought from Baltic Networks who had great prices and pre-sales support.

Basic platform is the Ubuiquiti RouterStation @ $63 (going to be running OpenWRT).  Much more powerful than a usual robotics board (and much larger) but I'm definitely hoping that the GPIO pins are enough for the servo control.

useless machine evolved

I think most people has seen USELESS MACHINE already but this one is totally cool but still useless. haha...

Saves time and avoids many related coding mistakes.
I have been learning about programming for years. More recently, I have been taught that magic numbers or constants should not be hard coded deep in your program. … Read more

Reflow Oven Fan Modified == Good PID loop \0/

16 May 2011

Today I made a slight modification to the toaster oven to see if I can improve the PID loop response.  I was having issues with oscillations no matter how much I adjusted the PID gains.  I suspected this was because I turned the oven on/off in response to the PID output.  This meant the internal oven fan pulled the temperature down below the setpoint a bit every time the oven was turned back on again.  Another side affect is the temperature would overshoot the setpoint a bit once the PID attempted to compensate for the undershoot.

Looks for brass flies to eat
Using a
This is Venux, my steampunk-inspired brass fly trap. There's more information on my Build a brassier flytrap blog. One flower is complete, with touch sensor and … Read more
Throws oranges when it sees a certain color
This is a catapult/trebuchet made of canes, which controlled by a PC via an arduino and a servo connected to it using a USB cable. The computer runs the … Read more

Frits in ad :)

I was just doing this ad for Danish TV, and we talked about what it meant, so here is a rough translation:

Fat guy:

Now, we told the Danes for several years that they can cross this bridge to Sweden for half price, if they'd just get a "bropas" (electronic device you pay with instead of credit card) - but they just don't get it. We have made an experiment! (There are 2 signs, one says half price, and I drive onto the other)

Hello, friend (jokes with bad swedish/danish language)



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Success! First Test Board Reflowed

15 May 2011 - Update

I have successfully reflow soldered a test PCB.  I got the PID routine tuned a bit and was itching to test out the reflow controller.  So, I applied some solder paster to a old relay controller board I developed and successfully soldered some components to the board.

Below are some pictures of solder paste and components applied to the PCB.

Vibrate around phototropically with tactile feelers
UPDATE: ADDED VID WITH NEW EYES AND SOME THOUGHTS AT THE BOTTOM. One of my lower priority robots but thought I'd post it up for scrutiny anyhow. My plan is to use … Read more
 This is the robot I built to solve the Towers of Hanoi puzzle . It uses three rc servos and a Picaxe 08M . This is the first time I've used the picaxe  but I … Read more

Chess Update

5.11.11 This update is running Grog's MRL program

The first video explains it well I hope.


5.14.11 The second video shows that I have changed the chess robot so it no longer goes back to a8 (the starting position) after every move. The code now calculates how to perform the next move from the location the chess robot's gantry crane ends at. I have also programmed in the ability for the robot to perform a castling move that the chess engine often does (this is not seen in the video)


The Uno32 is an Arduino-compatible platform combining Arduino compatibility with the performance of the Microchip PIC32 microcontroller -- core running at 80Mhz, … Read more

Towards a auto-aiming servo controled directional wifi antenna

I'm planning a project to get an auto-aiming directional wifi antenna working to provide a long-distance repeater for a boat at anchor connecting to access points we don't control.I think this is a robot, but a simple one.  I think it's a robot because it senses its environment and responds to it.  Sadly it won't be very pretty but it might be useful.  It will definitely be fun ;)

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