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raspberry + arduino / webiopi + firmata (python)

Im buildin internet controlled rc car with arduino, arduino motor shield and raspberry.
So how to use firmata and webiopi at the same time.

Motor control or servo control


I came across this circuit on google. It controls motor speed by simple flip-flop that gives a PWM signal.

The question is can this be used as a servo control ?

first use 5 volts supply instead of 12 volts ...then by replacing the 3RD NPN transistor with a servo. the + goes up, the - goes down and the signal feeds from the flip flop...can we do that ??

Control Blender3D objects remotely

I just made a very simple example using Zeroc's Ice which illustrates how to control Blender objects remotely using Ice. Since Blender can run Python scripts, the idea is to write Ice server which can modify certain object properties (for example location). Corresponding client application can remotely invoke server methods and control objects remotely. Sources are available on GitHub. The first video illustrates how it works.

rover 5 w dagu 4 channel motor control hardware problem?

I am running the dagu Rover 5 (4 motor/4 encoder verion) using a Mega2560 and the Dagu 4 channel motor control.  This is my first attempt at a robot, but do have some experience using several models of Arduinos and motor controllers. 

The code I used is from this first message (by Nick Gammon) and wired exactly the same: http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=82618.0


So i did everything as on this guide


But it's not working, I think the code is wrong? Can you help me ^^

I use picaxe 28x1

Thank you <3

Testing the wheeled version

As announced in our previous post, we are working on wheeled version of our robot. Tires and shaft adapters are arrived today and we mount them to conduct first test drive. Here are some photos:

The new "Shark" model of our robot

Last year we spend considerable amount of time building the new version of our robotics vehicle. Here is the result - the small tracked vehicle which might be intereresting for researchers in robotcs, AI, computer vision as well as for DIY enthusiasts. All the model, assembling instructions and software are open source.


Old Sega Rally Arcade transformed into a new Arcade
      @ MEO XL PARTY 2012 Video Link                               The premiere of this installation was at Sapo Cobebits VI, that takes place … Read more

Making Smart robot

Hi all,

My plans are as follow: I want to make my RC car into fully automated version.

Top view of car: http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj519/soni991/RC%20Car/IMG_6682.jpg

Front view of car: http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj519/soni991/RC%20Car/IMG_6683.jpg

Back view of car: http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj519/soni991/RC%20Car/IMG_6684.jpg

Bottom view of car: http://i1265.photobucket.com/albums/jj519/soni991/RC%20Car/IMG_6685.jpg

The function involves (I give it as Version 1.0)

Robot position localization using Monte Carlo filter

I am taking Udacity's "Programming a robotic car" free online class and I think it is a great resource for all robot builders! Since the beginning I have seen a lot of question about the way to try algorithms we are learning with real robotic vehicles.

How do I set up a RC control system. Cheep.

I am going to try to make a small cheep telepresence bot using a board of education and an Ipod touch (for the actual chatting) and I was wondering how I should control it. I am trying not to use a another microprocessor.    

How to build BeagleBoard based WiFi robot

Some time ago I have announced my remotely (over the Internet) controlled robot. However, there were not too much documentation and details. So with this post I would like to announce the availability of more detailed project documentation and make brief overview of some interesting aspects of the project. The whole available documentation could be found on the project Wiki.

Real-time enough? About PWMs and shaky servos

We are currently working on the next incarnation of our software and hardware platform for vehicles controlled over the Internet. Among others, we decide to investigate the way to control our robot without micro-controllers. In fact, BeagleBoard has a lot of GPIOs available. In addition, three hardware PWM generators and I2C bus should be enough at least to control the tank with camera, compass, GPS, and sonar.

Drive around, stream video back to the driver.
Using a
We are working on the software and hardware infrastructure to control vehicles (car, tank, quad-copter, etc.) over the internet. This is complete opensource project … Read more

Bluetooth control from your Android phone or tablet

Hello, I am the author of Mintoris Basic for Android phones and tablets.  I recently added Bluetooth serial communications to the language with the intention of making it very easy to communicate and control robots.

Here is a short example program in Mintoris Basic which connects to a device then transmits data from the phones accelerometer.  So as you tilt the phone or tablet in any direction, the amount of tilt is sent to the Bluetooth device.

dim a$(0)
dim c(4)

' Get a string array of all the paired Bluetooth devices


Controlling motor speed with 293 without a POT

This is my first step to robotics. In this project all i did was use an arduino with L293D to control the motor speed without a potentiometer. this was actually an assignment / a small test given to me by CtC (chris the carpenter). the motor is suppose to speed up and down with a delay. 

"stop - ramp up - hold - ramp down - stop"

LMR series of PCB's

I think that LMR should have its own series of circuit boards, with the designs open source for all LMR'ians to use. Heres a couple ideas for PCB's:

Pololu RP5 motor

Hi there, I have recently bought a RP5 chassis from pololu, this chassis is holding 2 brushed DC motors (6V) and I have some questions: first of all; how can I control it? I mean, do i need to control it by PWM or is just 5v or 0v?

second, I built a little pcb with a L293D to protect the controller (Arduino) from reverse current, is this ok? 

Servo time/speed and position control (using an Arduino)

Is there a way to control servo position and speed at the same time? ex: you want to build a biped but you don't want the movements to be jerky.


Flashes LEDs in cool 3D patterns
Using a
Video 3: Completed LED Cube with 8 patterns           Read more

Remote 3 Axis Camera Head with motion control

I`ve been wanting to build a mid size remote controlled camera head that has 3 axis and can be computer controlled and repeat its motion. I have a few RC helicopters that we build very basic 2 axis heads on, that work with servos and have a gyro to keep level.

The idea would be for it to rotate at about 300 degrees per second and to be able to feater in and out the motin for it to be smooth. I would also like to try to put some gyros on it, to stabilize it if it is free swinging on the back of a car or helicopter.

Communicates with your pc to control your robot
The wiimote is a really cool controller to use with your robots. It has many buttons, accelerometers and even a camera which tells the coordinates of the four … Read more
Well, this is probably the simplest robot I've ever made. It is just this event's robot mounted in a old IBM box. I've built it just to serve as a testing platform … Read more
Remote controls an Arduino/ PICAXE board connected to a computer by another computer using a wirelles network
I've tried to do this a while ago and I've had some problems finding documentation about this, so here is a quick and simple tutorial. First of all you'll have to … Read more
Navigates around avoiding obstacle or bluetooth controlled.
Using a
Hi LMRs again            I've started designing a new robot which will be semi-autonomous. I got a set of Tamiya 70100 tank treads. Quality is good for … Read more
Controls arduino's Inputs and Outputs
UPDATE - 15 September 2010: Here is the second version.  No crossing lines this time, the digital pins are broken in two blocks, and the enumeration of them goes … Read more

Control DC motor easy



I what to finally make my firs robot, but I have one problem:

I found for my base nice RC car. Its perfect and also have  power supply (6V 620mAh Ni-Cd ) with charger. Also servo in front. So its perfect, but it have very powerfull DC motor... Is can use more then 4 Amps of current (if wheels are blocked). If car is lifted and  wheels are spinning free it uses about 0,4A. Then starts a moment use about 1 A. All my tests were with my 6V Ni-Cd battery.