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Navigates around via ultrasound, makes :D :) :( :| or :P, tries to catch everything nearby with its gripper
Using a
You can buy German Cheese in Shanghai, sealed in a nice aluminum can. Since a while I toyed already with the idea of doing sth. with these cans. Too good to throw … Read more
Walks forward and backward, turns in place, avoids obstacles.
Using a
This is a simple three-servo hexapod robot using the Pololu Micro Maestro as a controller.  The Micro Maestro allows allows me to sequence gaits and integrate … Read more
Keeps the baby sidetracked
What better way to celebrate the birth of a new family member. I jumped at the chance to make a solarised baby mobile to pacify our new arrival. So here is … Read more
Grab object while tracking them using live video.
Using a
UPDATED!!!!! RoboBOB is designed to track objects using it's vision and when signeled, grab it with it's closest hand.  The initial vision portion has been … Read more
The PICaxe USB cable is just a USB-Serial Converter.  Like a lot of USB-Serial converters, it's based on the FTDI 232 chip.  This means you can use most FTDI … Read more
Make your robot to 2 (or 3, or 4, or 5, or 6, or 7) things at the same time
This is part 0 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Read more
A basic - intermediate walkthrough on programming in Spin
This is part 1 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. The Parallax Propeller can be programmed C, Spin, or Assembly; I think most people use Spin.  I … Read more
This is part 2 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Spin is an 'object-oriented lite' programming language.  I like it because it eschews some of … Read more
How to use the Prop to do multiple things at the same time
This is part 3 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Let's imagine a hypothetical 'obstacle avoidance' robot with a set of wheels and a ping … Read more
Peanut Tin of Terror is an autonomous beetleweight (3 lb) combat robot.  He competed in this year's Robogames 2010.  You can read about his development at … Read more
Sometimes you want to make not just one tip, but a complete series. Or colaborate across the site. This is how to do it best.
Sometimes you want to make not just one Tip/Walkthrough, but a series of postings that belong to each other. Or you want to cooperate with others on a subject / … Read more
his head is an LED and turns on only when there is no light !
Not only does he look human , he is also a functioning circuit ! his head is an LED and turns on only when there is no light ! he has got a mind of his Own ! :) … Read more
an example of a driver for a brushless DC motor without microcontroller
This is a continuation of my blog on the same subject. Please continue your commenting here.     I am the proud owner of a stack of scavenged hard drives. I hoped … Read more
This is part III of a series I call “How to build your first robot”.     This part is not so much instructions of how to build & program, that was in Part … Read more

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Arduino and a Chinese 32 channel servo controller

I bought a Chinese USC 32 channel servo controller on ebay a month ago. Last weekend I finally found some time to try it out. But I can not get it to work with my Arduino Mega, actually I thought there was something wrong with the board, unitl I downloaded the Chinese software for it, which lets you test the board. I connected 2 servos and the sliders in the program let the servos move. So the board works when using USB.

This is the link with the manual: http://www.torobot.co/usc32-manual

Spinning line follower or maze solver
I've now attached a 3D model in Sketchup. Scamper started as an experimental omni wheel platform. The challenge with omni or mecanum wheels is that you need precise … Read more

Depression

Not many people understand chronic depression. I doubt anything I write here will solve anything, but I think it's important that people recognize the signs of depression and learn to recognize them in themselves and their loved ones.

Most people make the mistake of confusing depression with depression. See, I've just done it myself. One problem for English speakers is that the word for depression (as in a chronic life-threatening mental illness, most often inherited) with depression (as in being sad for a few weeks due to a known cause).

Sugru, New bot building material.

I found this on YouTube and thought it was a pretty neat way to make some strong, flexible, temperature resistant robot parts. All the info is in the video, but basically it is like polymorph, only silicon based. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_756411&feature=iv&src_vid=azhI2yFsJVU&v=QCifobRF9Ac

Questions about Wild Thumper 6WD with Wild Thumper Robot Controller

This is my first post and my first attempt at starting a robot and programming said robot. I have some questions regarding my Wild Thumper 6WD with Wild Thumper Robot Controller.

I had bought a RC Car from walmart for about $15 to use with the Arduino Motorshield a while back (see here). Fortunately, I had taken some pictures before I … Read more