Let's Make Robots!


DIY CNC router project

04/06 Update

Motors and driver chips arrived in a package with some stuff for other projects today. Can`t find much information about the motors online and they have some marks on the body but they should work great. I`ll breadboard a circuit up to test the motors later.


Just drives around for now
Using a
Well here's my first attempt at a robot.  Seems like everyone I've showed it to asks me if I traced an iron for the base :) Little disappointed by the speed of the … Read more

Help! Newbie in need of Arduino programming assistance.

Hello everybody! First let me start by apologizing, I've read the "newbies start here" post and I'm afraid I must break a few of the rules. I am a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design and I'm working on an installation that requires a pretty complicated (to me) set of robotics.


So :)


There seems to be a good ammount of people here from both the picaxe and arduino camps, im an arduino man myself and havent really played with any pic kits.


What id like to know is if there is any advantage with one over the other, or even any other alternatives?

Whats your preference on things?  

PC interface, wireless navigation/control, live video!!
Using a
Still a work in progress. I'm just testing out the various subsystems (wireless, camera pan & tilt, tracks, IR distance sensor). I've attached some pictures of … Read more

UGV Monster truck platform

I'm planning to build a UGV monster truck, based on a Tamiya Super Clodbuster. I've heard that it's a lot cheaper if you buy it in pieces. However, I ran into a bit of a dilemma. The stock monster truck comes with a speed controller. Do I need that too (I don't need any RC functions) or can a motor controller for Arduino or Basic Stamp do the job too. I already own a BS2 with BoE, but I would like to buy an Arduino because it's cheaper, open-source etc. Note: I'm still a beginner in robotics.

Code help, please

I have been trying to use Guibots xbee example of controlling 2 led's with 2 pots. I want to control a servo with a pot through xbee. using the servo.h sketch the below is what i have, but cant seem to get it to turn the servo. if i hook it up directly with no xbee involved, it works fine. so my problem is taking the example servo.h scketch and being able to break it into two sketches. send and a receive. i appreciate any help.

 looking at the below can you tell what i am doing wrong?

Price: $20 USD
The Light Autonomous Robotic Shield is a kit designed for use with the Arduino. This kit was designed to allow the beginner to easily get their first autonomous … Read more
The Arduino Mega is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega1280 (datasheet). It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 … Read more

Robot guitar amplifier

OK, here's what I'd like to achieve: I want to "robotize" my guitar amp so that I can record and recall each potentiometer's positions (i.e. volume, tone, reverb, etc.).

Why is that? Because I don't want digital voltage controllers to interfere with the signal path within the tube amp, hence the need for a mechanical actuators for each potentiometer.

I already have some designs in mind, but I would like to know what kind of parts I should get (i.e. what kind of servo, what kind of optical shaft encoder).

I'm looking forward to read your advices


Line following, can be remote controlled via Bluettooth
Using a
YAABR is my first Arduino based robot. The name is an abbreviation for yet another Arduino based robot. It is a multipurpose platform for experimentation. With its … Read more

Artduino/processing resource

Was just looking for a good example to use to test my light sensor out and found this site: 




Looks pretty handy for examples.  

I have been lurking here for a while, and I thought I might let everybody in on my bot in progress.  It is a differential drive robot with an ir distance sensor … Read more
Teaches you how to connect a Wii Nunchuck to Arduino
You may be asking to yourself, “Why would I want to connect my Wii Nunchuck to my Arduino board?” Good question. By attaching a Wii Nunchuck to your Arduino … Read more
06, March, 2009 first test                     Read more

Arduino Lilypad

Newb here! I'm a music/ea major thats just starting to get into electronics and programming. This is my first try :p

I'm making a basic project as part of a programming for artists course, essentially manipulating sound objects with sensors. I will be using Max/MSP and Arduino to program the thing. 

USB power?

Is it possible to use this USB breakout board as a 5 volt power supply for your microcontroller projects? If so, then do you have to use a voltage regulator?
This is the result of a couple of tests with recently arrived microservos + programming + polymorph shaping technics + recently build G'Remote :-) Read more

Roboduino Tank Tread Base

We finally have our base for the Roboduino. I made a post to our site at: http://arduinofun.com/blog/2009/03/01/roboduino-base/


This is my first attempt to make a custom remote controller, and also my first customized Arduino.
After seeing this post made by ObbBot I wanted to try to make one myself.

I figured that if I purchase one remote controller it would be cheaper than buying two of these and paying shipment to Portugal.

So, ripping the guts from a game remote controller I get two joysticks, a couple of buttons, two nice motors and one small lcd.

navigate using IR sensors
Using a
Ok this is my second arduino robot thats currently in very early development, i thought i'd drop a few picks to show how its going. at the moment this is, … Read more

Home-built sonar

Make had a posting about an article on LadyAdas ranting on a
Navigate around via IR sensors.
Using a
This is my first robot, i chose to use arduino because of its relitivly simplistic and modular take on the whole programable logic jazz. the robot itself is in very … Read more
Since I started messing with robotics that I wanted to build a tank, and finally that moment arrived when two Tamiya thread kits and a Twin Motor Gearbox arrived. … Read more


This came up with the need of having the arduino permanently installed on the robots, I´m tired of having to remove the arduino from one bot to the other, and then rewire everything, and then reupload the code everytime I have a new idea, or everytime I want to show the bot to someone.
I followed the ITP Physical Computing tutorial, and it works like a charm, no I want to try to upload code with the FTDI cable, and If I have success on this I can start making my custom Arduino boards. :D