Let's Make Robots!


DIY LED Sign with MAX7219 Dot Matrix Module STM8S003F3 MCU for AVR PIC MSP430 Arduino ARM STM32

To satisfy electronic DIY hobbyists, ICStation has developed MAX7219 Dot Matrix Module. It uses the Max7219 chip which do a great job on saving of MCU I/O. It can not only control each point individually, but also can be extended without limitation to meet your requirements on LED Sign, Team Logo and so on.

WiiCamera's back in stock (Sorta)

Hey guys,

As many of you know, I stocked the WiiCamera board for many years, and for all of those years it has been a nightmare to keep these guys in stock due to the fact that I had to constantly troll ebay for broken Wiimotes to harvest. I occured to me that it would be easier for a individual person to find one broken wiimote to buy rather than me trying to find 300 at a time. Because of this fact, I am now proud to introduce the WiiCam DIY kit.

JME Mantzel's robot kit on Kickstarter

Hi everybody!

Just have seen JME Mantzel's robot on Kickstarter. I think it is awesome! :) Here is a related video from his channel on Youtube. Also if you like it, spread the word, as what he's doing is absolutely brilliant! :) I'm totally gettting one to play with as it is hack friendly! :)

Hope this type of ad/spam is acceptable :) Actually I hope to see more great things to take off!



Now available from PicoKit!http://www.picokit.com - A cheap and simple 3 servo robot walker that anyone can make for under $40. My students in Industrial … Read more
Avoids Obstacles and Light..
Using a
Phil Is Made of very light weight aluminum, milled to a 8x9 body and a max height of 6 inches. I prefer to use servos as his means of movement for the main reason … Read more

WiiCameras for sale

Hey all, so I've jumped on the Wii IR Camera boat and I'm excited to get this working on my bot(s)! I thought I'd share some of the coolness that is the Wii IR Camera with you, by offering them to you!

hovers around noisily at my command!
Using a
NO-PANTS STEVE formerly know as STEVE II and even before that it was known by its true (but as it seems tongue-twister of a) name SRCMPIBDUSBNRTBAPOJTTBASOH (-- Read more

First foray into homemade PCBs

**Update at the bottom.

  Alright guys/gals, it has been a coons age since I posted anything even remotely useful of my own. I have managed to break that trend with this 'bitty blog, somewhat. I say somewhat, because, everyone and their brother has posted a how to about DIY PCBs. I will attempt to offer some bit of information that others have not, doubtful. :)

Picaxe Board with very small dimentions: 2.1x2.1x2.6cm (0.826x0.826x1.023inches)!
Board was Updated! Version 2.0 is done. :) I have created this small Picaxe08M2 Board so it can be integrated in small robots or other projects which require small … Read more
A stepper motor driver where a dsPIC33 both monitors the current and controls the PWM via an L298N.
A few years ago I started building stepper motor drivers.  First it was a simple unipolar driver.  My motors wouldn't rotate faster than 1 to 2 rps.  So I … Read more
Wanders around the given floorspace.Avoidance using sonar,bump, tilt ,IR.. LDR for additional sensor
Using a
I figured I should start with the chassis on this project:)Built around an old computer drive on which I attached a pair of gearmotors (12v,200rpm).The (v battery … Read more
Moisture sensor for your garden...so it measures moisture...
Headphone plug turned moisture sensor. For a little while now I've been looking at how to do a diy moisture sensor that I could use for my garden project. There … Read more
6DOF movement. The basis for CNC machining or flight/driving simulators
Using a
All my projects & progress are available at marginallyclever.com. I wrote the software first for a rotary hexapod that used hobby servos.  I then rewrote the … Read more
Yet another walking robot but starting from scratch.
Using a
Update August 16, 2011 The PCB boards arrived a day earlier than expected (ordered on a Friday, arrived the following Friday). Eleven brain boards and 66 leg … Read more
PIR motion sensor and also other useful stuff like motor with gears, LED, switches, 3 AA batteries and connectors
Hi! A friend of mine reminded me of a cheap source of electronic components that can be used in robots. And the best thing is you can find it in every … Read more

Best robot chassis

Was wondering what you guys thought the best "chassis" for robot development was.  Not looking for electronics or a "kit" but just a platform with wheels (or legs or whatever).  I like the idea of doing my own electronics (processors, sensors, power systems, etc.) and could/would eventually build my own from component parts, but I like the speed of starting with known motor/wheels/platform that are well matched and robust.  I have already fried a servo trying to start with that.  I also figure that by the time I bought motors, plexiglass, wheels, etc.

uses wheels made from plastic bottles
Using a
BOTtle is a robot like many others but with a particularity, the wheels are made of plastic bottles as you can see in this video … Read more
This is an old idea, finally I have the time to show it to the world. The are bottle shapes that perfectly fit together, you will see how easy it is to create a … Read more

Robot tank tracks

I thought I'd post some info about tank tracks that I've come across. Please feel free to add to it.


Tamiya Track Kit


Solarbotic/Pololu Tank Treads and Cogs

I'm from Lebanon , and its a bit hard to acquire arduinos or any kind of hobby electronics , so i had to make the arduino myself here after i got a lot of … Read more

H-Bridge Motor Control for DIY Servo

I'm building a DIY servo for steering Yard Gnome. I'm testing some things out while I wait for the 24VDC 30 rpm 41 in-lbs gearmotor I ordered to arrive.

I'd like some advice on my controller.


Homemade digital compass

Some time ago OddBot posted this circuit for a homemade digital compass based on hall effect sensors:


Unfortunately CircuitBurn couldn't make it work. However I'm inclined to try again. A cheap DIY compass would be great.

So if anyone has ANY idea as to how this could be achieved let's hear it. It could be an improvement on OddBot's circuits or something completely different and wacky :D

Homemade wheel encoder

Basically I just printed out one of these (laser printer recommended):


...And attached it to a wheel (double sided tape recommended).

Then I hooked up one of these (a 2$ IR sensor: QRB1134):


...And attached it to the motor pointing towards the wheel.

Vacuum forming plastic parts.

Heres a few photos of my home made plastic vacuum former and its maiden test. If you don`t know what vacuum forming is check here, and youtube.

Essentially a sheet of heated plastic is placed over some kind of mould which then has the air sucked out from underneath it. The soft plastic schloops to the shape of the mould and when it cools you have yourself a robot part. It really does sound like schloop if you`re wondering.



This is a fully functional version of the Arduino. We eliminated the PCB and use paper and cardboard as support and the result is.. the PAPERduino :D

This is the the first version of the layout design, next we will try more designs, and another materials.

You just need to print the top and the bottom layout, and glue them to any kind of support you want. We hope that you start making your own boards. If you do, please share your photos with us, we would love to see them  ;)