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Lunar Rover

Hi all,

Just want to share some videos of a moon rover study I am doing for the Google Lunar X Prize. No time now to submit a robot project entry, the rover is quite complex, maybe later. I'll add videos here as they come along. Thanks for watching.

 

Follows a line and navigates a course.
Using a
Hey guys I recently found all my documentation for an old line follower we had to do for a first year course at my university. We did these in teams of 4. I built … Read more

Steppers found :) Trying to decide driver

I wandered past an old Brother MFC 9700 in the corridor and grabbed it.  Found two stepper motors, one from the Auto-document feeder and one that was moving the optical scanner. 

ADF motor: Mitsumi M42SP-6NPK.  I figure this little guy at 41.4 mN/m

Scanner motor: Shinano Kenshi STP-42D009. Wrote what I figured out about this in this older thread. Not totally sure but something like 200 mN/m or 30 ish oz-in.  makes sense as it is larger/heavier.

Solar engine drives small dc motor and makes me smile
This is PLUMBERbot...a BEAM Symet using a simple solar engine. His name derives from the fact that his apron is a teflon tape round and his hat is a plumbing trim … Read more
Uses 3,5mm jack to transfer signals on a rotating axis.
First thing first. This is just a quick and dirty attempt to improve the 360 degree sonar idea. I have seen some of the designs at LMR with a 3,5mm jack plug and … Read more
Identifying Objects, catch this Object and transport to another place. Background: Robby2.0 should cleanup our nursery from my daugther ;-)
    This is my first Arduino project. I had controll my Robby with zigbee communication but i will make a sepparate documentation and place … Read more

Getting angry about the availability of electronic components in Europe?

Hi there,

it has been a while and I am still working on the stereoscopic vision issue for my small robot. Meanwhile I learnt, that the Parallax Propeller chip is by far to slow to handle and stream-edit an BT.656 conforming digital video stream, at least for what I have in mind. Therefore I am now working on a hardware-based video filter made of discrete components - a poor man's FPGA, so to say.

Autonomous roaming using bipedal movement and 6-servos
Using a
This is a biped robot named conVERSE. This is a modified BRAT kit from Lynxmotion. A truly fun build, by the way. The Basic Atom Pro mounted onto a Bot Board is … Read more
This is FLAMEbot. He's a heat seeker. Draw the shades and darken the room. Light a butane lighter and FLAMEbot will follow the heat/light source.  Hold the … Read more

Review: Hobbybotics Hobbyduino Mini

 

Introduction

Brooksware2000 (Curtis) nicely sent me a couple of ATMega 328 chips flashed with the Arduino boot loaders, since I had mentioned that I wasn't set up to flash the chips I had myself. He included an Arduino clone board he made, and asked me to let him know what I thought. And so I bring you a review of the Hobbybotics Hobbyduino Mini!

Normally locked rotation? Power-off brake?

Thinking about the mechanicals of this a little more, I've been considering servos and steppers.  I don't need speed or precision, really.  But I do need to be able to move in either direction, which I now understand to be complicated with servos.  So I considered steppers, which at least can move in either direction. 

Control a robot using your iOS device with ExternalAccessory framework using a SkyWire MFi cable, an RS232-TTL adapter and a pair of … Read more

POV Via Dog

 

If you don't think this is wonderful, you should be slapped.

POV via dog.

 

roams until obstacle or edge...turns left and continues
Here is LEFTY, a BEAMbot based on Mark Tilden's BEAM sumobot as found in the awesome book: Junkbots, Bugbots and Bots with Wheels. The original design called for a … Read more
Shoot who i want, what I want, and whenever I want :)
Using a
*Price is just for turrent not camera! Video is an attachment up top! Hi LMR and guests! Read more

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