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Great programme on automata on BBC4

I've just watched 'Mechanical Marvels : Clockwork Dreams' on BBC4; Excellent programme about the development of mechanical automata in the 1700's.  Absolutely incredible engineering going initially into the timekeeping instruments and then into the design of automata for the entertainment of the gentry.  It also discusses the impact of precision mechanics on the political situation at the time.

Machine parts from aluminium, plastic and wood
This year, one of my major projects is to develop a low cost CNC milling machine kit. There are two parts to this project, the controller and the actual … 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

Multipurpose Mini-Machine for your Workshop

These days everyone is talking about how great 3D printing is but for the hobbyist this still limits you to plastic parts. Before 3D printers were around I always wanted a lathe and a milling machine, I still do!

When you want to build more than just basic robots it is sometimes necessary to make small metal parts. Maybe you need a special metal rod, mounting bracket, shaft adaptor etc.

Creates and indicates a random number
The Chaot is my contestant for the LMRv4 Donor Appreciation Robot Challenge.  The machine creates a random number using physical chaos and combines the random … Read more

Spherical Flying Machine

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFOuLnMoQZA&feature=player_embedded

It would be great if this site would fix the "no copy/paste" problem. It's a real pain having to type in web addresses by hand, otherwise, great site.

I've tried some photoshop to my primary image, as an experiment. Just made a picture of the progress..  I had the strange feeling being watched.. weird..   From … Read more

Transition Ideas

I'm making a sort of alternate version of yellow drum machine. It uses the sharp proximity sensor. I was wondering how I would make the robot transition from navigating to playing the drums on the next object it encounters. I was thinking a switch, but that seems to weird. I want it to switch by itself. 

I wander how fritsl got his drum machine to transition.

Last weekend we had a nice weather, and I made a Light in the garden, and decided to make a photo of it with my robot next to … Read more
So the time has finally come, I had some time this weekend and started turning plans and ideas into reality. I have been researching and studying milling machine, … Read more
Navigate around via ultrasound finding objects to play on.
Using a
After seeing fritsl's Yellow Drum Machine in action, I decided that I needed to build a robot like that.  It just looked so fun and to tell you the truth - it has … Read more