Let's Make Robots!


finally have the PCB's made up, and on the 30th november it took its first steps :)If you have any questions about this robot, leave a comment, or you can email me … Read more
Here is my custom controller version 2. I made it so I can have some input to my robots and get information back. It is a simple design. It has a LCD, Xbee, custom … Read more
This is the fully functional test chassis for my Arduino based sumo robot. It will be competing in March, 2011. For the prototype I am using a piece of plywood to … Read more

Custom project board in progress...

Hi, I have a spare PICAXE 28x1 and L293D that I want to use for my first custom built circuit. But i have no clue what to do!!! The diagrams on the Picaxe website are so confusing and the ones in the manuals only show the pinouts. Can I just hook up 4.5 volts? Or do I need fancy shmancy support circuitry like capacitors and stuff? 

Thanks guys! 


I have a diagram of the L293D and it is nice to have, but very confusing.



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