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Introducing Scooty, my first attempt at robotics. Scooty is a self-balancing two-wheeled bot, which loftly aims at being the prototype for a larger ridable version … Read more
This will be my 1st attempt at a sumo style bot/RC. My design stems from Deadblow (http://www.lazytoad.com/teamtoad/season2/deadblow.JPG). Although it wont be as … Read more
The MARC series were designed to test various aspects of bipedal robotics. MARC I was a 1 degree of freedom robot built to test basic balance control.  … Read more
The MARC 1 prototype was used to test some balance software. A small accelerometer was attached to a Stamp PIC. When MARC 1 would tip to one side a servo would move … Read more
History: Inspired by Animusic's bodacious films, I was wondering whether a music robot in a much more simple way would be possible to make. Here is what my little … Read more
First robot navigate around brain.
Hi guys, I´m new here (nine years old), and this is my second robot of the site but my first robot on my page. My first robot is on site of my father (Aruniosmo). … Read more
This might be useful for anyone building self-balancing robots or similar projects
This article introduces an  implementation of a simplified filtering algorithm that was inspired by Kalman filter. The Arduino code is tested using a 5DOF IMU unit … Read more
Updated with Bonus tip! You can "easily" hook up some cheap UHF / FM whatever units to make 2 MCU's talk wireless by serial. But you need to learn some stuff, this is what I learned :)
Since I discovered this: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/5916  all has changed! I was blind, but now I can see. And I can program! On Picaxe, in order to send … Read more
Here's a simple analog pressure sensor I read about years ago in "Robot Builders Bonanza".  It's not an accurate pressure sensor since it's affected by … Read more
Vision guided line following to start with
Using a
Video added August 16, 2009.  I'm using this platform to experiment with vision processing.  It uses the Blackfin Camera with the Matchport WIFI module. The … Read more
An advanced line follower with quadrature encoders, MicroSD Fat32 recording and more
Using a
This is a bot I built a few years ago when I wanted to start learning robotics. More images here. Its based on the Atmel Mega644P MCU and has an dual H-Bridge … Read more
This project shows how to add text-to-speech to an Arduino project using a SpeakJet and a TTS256.
This how-to article describes an easy way to add unlimited text-to-speech to your Arduino projects (with a bit of modification to my source code below, the PicAxe, … Read more
Joins a 5mm shaft with an 8mm lead screw
Introduction Couplings are expensive, but tubing and Shapelock (Polymorph) is cheap.  This is a cheap way to build a coupling between a 5mm stepper and an M8 … Read more
PolyMorph - how to make a pivot joint out of PolyMorph
PolyMorph Workshop 1 Here is the first in a series of PolyMorph workshops that will unfold when time permits. The first one shows a number of techniques that can be … Read more
Introducing the PolyMorph finger ...... or toe if you dare to use as locomotion The idea is Inspired from Anthropomorpic finger PolyMorph is a Flexible plastic … Read more

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Soldering tutorial

Hey there

When first starting out on electronics, I found soldering really frustrating, mainly because I was missing a few good tips and tricks that make it a breeze! So I've just finished off a video tutorial, and thought I'd post it here in case anyone finds it helpful :)

http://robotblogging.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/beginners-guide-to-soldering.html

-Chris

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.