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Parallax Propeller

Propeller QuickStart Boards on Sale at RadioShack

Apparently RadioShack is putting their QuickStart boards on sale for $19.97. The normal price is $35 (possibly more at RS).

I know I'll be checking my local stores for boards (though I don't recall ever seeing a QS locally).

In case you haven't heard, the Propeller is a great microcontoller to use with robotics.

Drive in preprogrammed paths.
Using a
This is probably my oldest robot. I was waiting to post it until it did something interesting. Right now it can follow preprogrammed paths. In the past I've had it … Read more
This is a hexapod I've been working on for a while. It's a kit from Paul K. The hexapod uses HobyKing HXT900 servos. I was able to get the robot to successfully … Read more
Radio Controlled and Autonomous Navigation.
Using a
I've been working with a couple Rover 5 chassis lately and I thought I'd share my experience with my treaded Rover 5. I think the biggest problem people have with … Read more

OMFG - It's Stereoscopic, Baby!

After about 8 months part-time development, after many VHDL-related headache, after lots of failures, after few successful moments, after anger, after surpises and finally with a big portion of luck I am today very proud to annouce the first working proof-of-concept for live stereoscopic vision using two CMOS camera modules, the Zeiss Cinemizer Plus video eyewear and of cause with my DIY side-by-side encoder.

analog to digital converter

dose any one know how or were i can get a cheap analog digital converter?

 

eventually navigate via ultrasound and compound eye
Using a
I started building the Mr General kit this morning. Cant continue much further until the 3.3v regulator arrives. Waiting on a free sample of a MCP 3208 from … Read more
Balances on 2 wheels, Remote Controlled
Using a
  HI guys, This is Balance1, my balancing robot, I built balance1 to demonstrate that a digital controller I had designed in MatLab actually worked in the real … Read more
BJ is based on the Parallax Stingray robot. I ordered the chassis before I went on vacation. Since I just got back, I hope to build it this weekend. I am planning … Read more
Bender is a medium sized robot based on the Crustcrawler Nomad HD platform. It uses the Parallax Motor Kit with Position Controllers, a pair of Parallax HB-25 Motor … Read more

Propeller Powered Paxton Pinball

I thought this was pretty cool & and it's propeller-powered.  Ben Heck (Who I heard of from ripping multiple video game systems apart and putting them in smaller cases) made his own pinball machine, with the theme of 'Bill Paxton'.  It's all powered by a Propeller - he writes about starting out with a Basic Stamp, and moving on to a Prop here.  It was pretty well covered by the media.

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