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This WiFi RC smart car is designed and developed based on ESP-12E from ESP8266, which can be controlled by mobile, PC, and wechat (now just in China). All of … Read more

MAKE: Skill Builder - Hydraultics for Robots

I wrote a quick tutorial covering some of the basic concepts of hydraulic systems, and how that applies to a simple robotic arm project. Read more on MAKE... 


24-06-15.  Last update for a while, sorry I really don't want to hog the board!!! But I was super excited tonight to perfect my PWM allowing me to make much … Read more
Make the shoutbox wide, a super productivety killer
Today I did what I'm best at, getting others to work for me. And todays victim were basile. First a little lure: 2013-10-29 09:12:00| |mogul| |@basile you are … Read more

Cheap 40W Laser Engraver from China

I have wanted a laser engraver for quite some time but the price has always been prohibitive for me. Recently though, I found some engravers from china on Amazon for about $500.00 USD and free shipping. Plus, I contacted the vendor and found that the unit would ship from California. I read all the reviews and they all agreed that the machine is great. However, the downside of these machines was the software that is included. After carefully considering all the relevant information I decided to purchase one.

Wild thumper slow comunication through ethernet TCP

Dear Sirs.

First of all thanks for your time, help and sorry for my English.

I'm am working in a Final Degree project with Wild Thumper 6WD chassis, T'Rex Controller and Arduino MEGA 2560 + Ethernet Shield + Gamepad (connected to the PC)

The communication between T'rex Controller and Arduino Mega is made through I2C BUS (using the T-Rex tester example code from DAGU). Then I created an application using Windows Presentation Foundation which connects the Arduino Shield (using TCP socket) and a gamepad connected to the PC by USB (using AForge library).

A Robot Making a Difference

This is a true story...

My family consists of me, my wife, 2 cats, and 1 robot...Anna.  Lately we seem to learn more and more things from Anna.   Even though Anna is off most of the time, I am often learning and passing on new and useful or interesting things to my wife that I learn from Anna.

Capacitors for smoothing servo current surges

I've built what I thought was a nice clean approach to the oft-recommended practice of parking a 470uf cap on the power lines to my servos. I have 6V coming from my voltage regulator to the postive/negative bus strips on a small PCB. I've pulled a positive and negative wire off of the bus for each servo (3 servos total) and put a capacitor across each pair of wires. One servo should then connect to each pair of wires.

Idea for Treaded Robot

I've been meaning to show Dickel my experiments with Vex treads. His MDi #2 continues to look amazing but Dickel has expressed some concern about the frame of his treads. Rather than using increased thickness of polystyrene, I wonder if some sort of box shape could be used to increase the stiffness of the structure.

Here are some photos of prototype tread mechanism.

Navigates around the attic via RC controller, transmitting video back to the controller.
I've had bats in my attic, or at least in the gable vents of my attic. I needed to inspect the situation, but I REALLY REALLY didn't want to physically go walking … Read more

World Maker Faire NY 2015!

June 11, 2015:

I'll be hosting a Google Hangout this evening at 4:00 PM EDT to do some planning for the faire. It will mostly be Rick and I, but anyone is welcome to join and contribute. Reach me on Google+ if you want to be added. (https://plus.google.com/+AndrewTerranova/posts)


Dagu Rover 5 PWM Settings

Hey All,

So I've been building a rover using a (Dagu) Rover 5 Chassis, a Rover 5 Driver Board and an Arduino Uno.

It's wired up fine and I can send instructions back and fourth to the motors no problem but what seems to be an issue is the speeds which the motors are turning at. If I can set the speed at 100 (i.e.

A great robot kit. Reconfigurable and full of features to start on robotics
This is a review on a very well designed robot kit: rero robot kit, ready for children and teenagers (or older) to learn robotics alone, with their teachers or … Read more
Walk around and talk with his 5-bit mouth
Ahh... where to begin... First off I have to say thanks to Deshipu for making μBoB. Your tiny rendition of BoB inspired me to build this project. Thank you. Also … Read more
A track to provide locomotion.
  OK, I've been asked a few times about the tracks I made from bicycle chain. It's probably easier if I just make a tutorial and then I can direct anyone … Read more
Moves! Talks in Minionese! Makes you laugh!
Are  you a fan of the Despicable Me movies? Eagerly awaiting the release of the Minions prequel movie this summer? Time to build your own Minion. You know you want … Read more
Over the past 3 years I've been working on my Wall-E project with a lot of set backs because of design flaws, choosing the wrong materials, learning as i go and so … Read more
This is a simple Arduino-based object-avoiding robot. It uses two inexpensive ultrasonic distance sensors, an Arduino Uno, four continuous rotation servos to drive, … Read more

The <20€ European open robot kit(work in progress)

The purpose is to make a bill of material to make an easy to build, easy to hack, cheap and full of features robot.

There are various builds, so it's better to list components that fit the bill (easy to use, cheap and readily available from arduino kits and chinese e-commerces)


Adding a Raspberry Pi Camera to Elf the Robot

Robots are a lot of fun.

Robots that stream video over WiFi are even more fun!

Elf Raspberry Pi Robot @ http://Mikronauts.com

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Wireless Controlled, Autonomous Snow Plow Robot
The project was a personal project which was also part of my school's final term project for the Mechatronics and Robotics Program. My partner handled the … Read more
RC,Obstacle Avoidance,Line Following
Using a
Update 1/3/24 Code and Videos added....Video on the headlights test and automatic obstacle avoidance test. Videos here : http://youtu.be/SZA4--jDd7U … Read more
In this “Fun with Python” part we don't need anything from part 1 or 2. But if you like this, then you should have a look at them. The World Wide Web is a … Read more

IR and ultrasound based positioning beacons

I have this idea for a positioning system based on IR+ultrasound beacons. It is very simple, and I'm surprised that I can't find anything like that already in use. I guess there are some problems that I can't see, so I wanted to ask you to point the flaws in my idea before I invest time and materials into chasing a pipe dream.

The goal is to get an accurate position of a robot inside a room that is decorated with some additional beacons. The positions of the beacons are known to the robot, so that it can position itself relative to them.