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This is a test platform for me entering to robotics. at the moment there is only tracked chassis,gear-box twin motors,arduino,breadboard . soon I add the  GP2D120 … Read more
I have been asked recently to design a beambot for a customer. According to Wikipedia this is a true beam bot because only analog components are used. This model … Read more
Walks in a circle (no, not on purpose)
Using a
*Update 2010 Jan. 26*  I figured out one of the problems with R7 was there was too much flexibility in its feet. I added several polymorph goobers around the edge … Read more
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

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Sad story about Chopstick Junior and Campus Party Berlin 2012

Well, let me begin with an introduction of the robot and the event but you need to promise me to read it to the end...or just the end if you don't have time.

Kossel 3D printer inspired pick-n-place robot. no particular purpose yet. As the name implies, every measure is more or less eyeballed. Nothing is precise in this … Read more
Herman is an off-road (Kind of), obstacle avoidance robot using an Arduino Uno. He is based around a plywood chassis and uses balsa and some hard wood in his … Read more
A rover with 4 directional wheels.
Andromina robot v.1.2 is a 4WD robotic platform with four directional wheels. The four wheels can independently turn. The robot can maneuver multiple ways. The … Read more
Sharing my work in progress on an autonomous "search and rescue" robot. The ambition is to create a robot which explores my living room starting at a random … Read more

Kirchoffs Voltage Law and Current Law - is there easier math for this?

I think I understand the simple examples for this law, thought the math (algebra) is a bit daunting as its been many many years since high school, and I wasn't very good at it then. The more complex examples make me dizzy.  I have to believe there is an easier way to understand and use this law in my robots circuits. Or is this something that I will rarely use? Is there an easy "rule of thumb"?

Here is an example from the class, not even terribly complex, but seems that way for me.

Robots can be made out of anything... can't they? Mopsey is a friendly bot' made from craft fur and a few electronics - designed for simple interaction. Very … Read more