Let's Make Robots!


Demoscene video

A demo of Linus Akesson's Turbulence demo on the Propeller Platform. Links;

Linus' site (with demo code) linusakesson.net/scene/turbulence/index.php

The Shoppe at Wulfden (makers of the VGA module for the Propeller Platform)

This spring I’m trying to build a ROV for me and the kids to play with in the summer. I’m trying to make it as small as possible so it’s easy to carry and … Read more
How to use the Prop to do multiple things at the same time
This is part 3 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Let's imagine a hypothetical 'obstacle avoidance' robot with a set of wheels and a ping … Read more

Parallax Propeller

Does any one use Parallax Propeller on here?? If so, what are the pros and cons?

Announces the time using your voice
Popcorn is a tribute to the time-of-day announcement service.  Here's a demo; Read more
This is part 2 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Spin is an 'object-oriented lite' programming language.  I like it because it eschews some of … Read more
A basic - intermediate walkthrough on programming in Spin
This is part 1 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. The Parallax Propeller can be programmed C, Spin, or Assembly; I think most people use Spin.  I … Read more

Propeller Platform SD, Almost done

I've been cooking up a new Platform Module - this is the Propeller Platform SD.  First the basics;

Seen on the Parallax Forums

Saw this in the Parallax forums (Thread), it's called the PropPad mini, and it's a Propeller with a nice hi-res tft display.  Looks like tripp has a few for sale, too - they're $100 which sounds pretty fair to me.




Generating video to display basic text and information
I thought I'd show how video is generated with the Propeller as an example of multi-tasking and because video is cool.  Read more
Make your robot to 2 (or 3, or 4, or 5, or 6, or 7) things at the same time
This is part 0 of a multi-part series.  The other parts are here. Read more

El Jugador on Giant Bomb

I thought this was pretty cool. I made a few extra El Jugadors and sent them out to the media. Giant Bomb (video game website) got one and put up their video demo.



Video here



Unofficial Propeller Expos for 2010


Free Food and Robotic toys!!! Yaaa!!!

Propeller Expo 2010, Chicago

Just a note that the 2010 Propeller expo is coming up! I think Jeff is planning three, the first will be in Chicagoland (which I've learned means 'Outside Chicago') on May 15.  The other 2 will be later this year in Norwalk, OH & Rocklin, CA.  There's robotics stuff as well as more general microcontroller projects, food, presentations, etc.  Last year, the AttoPilot guy did a presentation about his awesome project (youtube video), which I thought was really interesting.


The scooter bot has both tele operated and autonomous modes. It's fast; top speed around 12 MPH. Current autonomous mode is limited to navigating a space using front and rear IR sensors and wheel encoders.
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This was a fun robot to build.  It's our 4th.  It's the most agile one we've built so far.  The 2 wheels mounted on the center access provides … Read more
The Touchscreen LCD Platform Module expands your Propeller Platform with a 4.3" color touchscreen LCD with a 480x272 resolution. Like all the other Platform … Read more
The DMX IO Platform Module is a 4-channel DMX transceiver. In receive mode it can control up to four channels of low-current TTL (3.3v, e.g., for servos and small … Read more
Price: $35 USD
The Propeller Platform module includes an 80Mhz, 160 MIPS Parallax Propeller microcontroller, 32kb of EEPROM with space for a second EEPROM, 5V and 3.3V Voltage … Read more
The Boss Board is a project board from Gadget Gangster.  Not only is it a pretty cool project board, but you can also publish and sell projects using the 3.05" x … Read more
Price: $125 USD
The Propeller System Module was designed by Ray - I saw his presentation at the Propeller Expo West (youtube video) and thought he had a really cool design, so I … Read more

Parallax Propeller Expo 2009 - West

On 2009.06.28 I went to the Propeller Expo at the headquarters of Parallax in Rocklin, CA. USA.


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?