Let's Make Robots!


Sad story about Chopstick Junior and Campus Party Berlin 2012

Well, let me begin with an introduction of the robot and the event but you need to promise me to read it to the end...or just the end if you don't have time.

Small Parts Store Canada

Hey guys,

Does anyone know of a good small hardware store that is in Canada/will ship to Canada and not charge an arm and a leg for shipping?

I am trying to find something like this;http://www.smallparts.com/

Sadly this place charges an import fee and shipping that makes buying unreasonable for us Canadians.


A Robot Operating System

We at RobotBASIC are currently working on a RobotBASIC Robot Operating System (RROS).

The full RROS will manage almost any type of sensor allowing hobbyists
without an electronics background to build and program sophisticated
robots.  The RROS will probably be distributed Open-Source to allow
expansion and customization.  We will even allow users to share their
modifications through our web page.  The LIGHT version is requiring
sensitive coding that will not be appropriate for modification, so it will

Error-hardware not found?

Hey LMR,

this is probably some silly thing i missed but i kinda need the answer fairly quick so, uuhh...ya

I'm getting close to finishing my start here robot and i need to get the servo to centre position... (I'm using the usb cord and windows vista basic). I downloaded the picaxe programming editor and the drivers for the usb cord and the cord is showing up when i go to options> serial port>com 4. But when i plug in my picaxe 28x1 to the usb and press check firmware this shows up: 

Hardware not found on com 4:

Possible causes:


I found this 40-pin chip in a CPU battery. It is labeled PIC16C74B-04/P. I have the datasheet, but that's not my best language. i just want to know if its possible to use this as the ones used in LMR - if is possible to make a robot with this chip and what would i need to program it. I read something about ICSP(in-circuit serial programming), which I believe is the process used with this chip, but that's as far as I go. Thanks.

Would anyone be interested in an XMOS challenge?

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