Let's Make Robots!

magician

High speed omni directional robot ideal for soccer bots
Using a
Now with video, Scamper appears to be a little wobbly at slow speeds but that is because at only 6%, the motors are constantly stalling and restarting. Once the … Read more
The Service Droid is a new robot kit I am designing. It is intended to be a low cost, D.I.Y. robot chassis with two 3 DOF arms. The gripper on the right arm is … Read more
Play a traditional Chinese musical instrument.
Using a
Recently my son showed an interest in learning music so my wife bought a Guzheng. I decided to try and build a robot that can play it using just LOZ blocks and a … Read more
Now has video of the robot playing a game and I've attached the code used in the video. You can run this on an Arduino even if you don't have the robot as the game … Read more
Attempts to dominate the lounge room
Using a
I want to teach my seven year old son about robots. Lego Mindstorms is a cool system but way too expensive. K'nex is much cheaper and makes a great robot building … Read more

New Micro Magician V2

The new improved Micro Magician V2 is here! It has all the features you loved in the original Micro Magician but with an ATmega328P and improved power supply. The new black and yellow PCB looks great and is easier to read.

You can now download the manual from here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B__O096vyVYqUjNXVV9RMmFuNkk

Features:

Jameco now sell the Micro Magician robot controller

Good news everyone, the Micro Magician is now being stocked by Jameco as well as Rocket Brand Studios.

Having one of those days where your too lazy to do anything? Have a robot doodle for you while you sit back in your favorite chair. This is a very simple drawing … Read more

Rocket Brand Studios now carries the Micro Magician

 

A wonderful package showed up today and inside were the first batch of the new Dagu Micro Magician Arduino board. Put simply, it is awesome.

 

 

It is really packed full of goodness, with IR, a sweet motor driver, and even an accelerometer. Just a great board for small bots.

Does a little dance, annoys dogs.
Using a
This isn't really a project I set out to build-it's just an intermediate phase in the development of Serv-O.  I took the "brain" I made for him: ...and slapped it … Read more

Learning to use "make" files to compile a new Arduino bootloader

G'day everyone. I am not a professional programmer, I have not had any training in C language. Previously I had a lot of support from LMR and learned to write an Arduino Library. Now I am trying to compile a bootloader and need help again. I've installed WinAVR and AVR studio and have been trying to find out how to use them. It seems I need to learn to use a "make" file but I cannot find any good information on how to do this. Most information on the net assumes I am a programmer.

Micro Magician robot controller - I can finally tick the project complete box!

I started designing this controller in December 2011. After 4 months and 2 previous revisions it will finally be shipping out April 2012. I think this is DAGU's best Arduino compatible robot controller yet!

Designed for small robots using small batteries, the Micro Magician is a 3.3V controller running at 8MHz.
Working from 4.5V to 9V means this constroller can run from a single LiPo cell or 3x NiMh batteries.
Reverse polarity protection means no blue smoke if you get your power wires crossed (reverse polarity diode rated at 3A).

DAGU Playful Puppy Robot Review

 

Introduction

OddBot (Russell) sent me a DAGU Playful Puppy Robot kit to check out. This little guy is really neat.

Building a new controller - fun and games

Friday 27th January, 2012
This blog is a an ongoing list of my thoughts, as I attempts to create a library for the Micro Magician. It is boring and should not be read by anyone :p

 

As some of you may already know, I am designing a new Arduino compatible controller for small robots. One problem with small robots is limited space. This makes sheilds, motor controllers and wires difficult to fit. For this reason I tried to incorporate a few useful devices onto a controller while keeping the cost low.

Navigate by sudden deceleration (collision sensing)
Using a
This is a prototype of a robot car I am designing for the classroom. The idea is to create a kit, cheap and simple enough for the classroom with enough … Read more
This is my second puppy robot and the first to use a QuadBot kit. The robot is quite simple, just a pan / tilt kit mounted on a QuadBot chassis with DAGU's new … Read more