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Electric IMP : Easy Wifi

The Card

I was looking for a simple way to add Wifi to a robot project, when someone pointed me to Electric IMP. After reading a little about it, i decided to just order one and try it out. A few evenings of toying and I have to conclude that the IMP is a whole new type of component.

R2D2 Legs

This page is part of my mini r2d2 project and this is where I keep track of my progress on it's Legs.

I only just got started on them and allready I realise there will be lots and lots of sanding to be done. The legs are very thick so I need to glue several pieces together.

Update: (this was all done a few months ago) Removed the servo that moved the eyes. Eyes are now fixed. Added an infrared receiver. Still toying with the program, … Read more

08M motordriver and power supply board

 

After a few weeks of waiting, my PCBs have arrived. I just soldered the components on the first one and it works like a charm. I had to drill out the holes for the resistors a bit and then solder the resistors on both sides of the board to get a good connection, but hey: this was also my first shot at having a PCB made and it works. Next time I'll be more careful checking out the dimensions in diptrace.

Dont keep your inputs floating!!!

I keep hearing and reading about the importance of making sure all the unused inputs are pulled low with a resistor. No reason is given other than "don't keep them floating because you'll get unpredictable results!"

If you take a look at the picaxe 28X board, you see that all the digital inputs are pulled low with a 10K resistor. I understand that this makes it easier to just connect a switch to the pins on the board without having to add an external resistor. The analog inputs are left floating, almost as if by design.

Arms for Edward

After lots of thinking about what my next robot should look like, I couldn't resist the temptation of trying to improve Edward. I never really made a good program for him and everybody who sees him ask me to switch him on and let him run around. When they do, i shrug and tell them "the batteries are dead" or "I'm still working on the programming".

PicAxe 20X2 mainboard

This is the second board I received from sparkfun / batchPCB. The other one, a motor driver, is tested and done.

Price: $19 USD
A promissing product from picaxe. A tiny 08M surface mount on a tiny board. . Find it here! Read more
Use an LED + digital input as light detector
This walkthrough describes how to use an LED connected directly to a digital input as a light sensor instead of using an analog input and an amplifying … Read more