Let's Make Robots!

Will Code For Parts

Yesterday I received a bunch of really nice robot parts from Parallax.

While I didn't purchase these parts, they're also not really a gift.

Parallax wants some Spin code modified to work with some of their new hardware. I've been sent this hardware with the expectation I'll get the code working with it.

Hex Caster

Hex Caster is my attempt to come up with some play on the word "hex".

I plan to use this PCB with both my hexapod projects.

Here's the top of the board.

Below is the bottom.

The servo banks are broken into groups of six.

Extra Hardware Needed for Larger Hexapod

About a month ago I purchased hexapod kit off ebay.

Aluminium-Hexapod-Spider-Six-3DOF-Legs-Robot-Frame-Kit-for-Arduino

Yesterday as a break from program my Mini Hexapod, I started putting together this larger one.

Capturing Data from 7-Segment Display

Something I've wanted to do for a while is to be able to digitize the data from cheap sensors with a 7-segment display.

I decided to give it a try with some USB charge meters.

I purchased four of these meters.

I opened up one of the blue ones and probed the pins to see how the 7-segments were wired.

Propeller Boards to use in Robots

As many of you are aware, I'm a big fan of the Propeller. I frequently get asked various Propeller related questions in the Shout Box which I'm all too happy to answer. However, I thought it might be a good idea if I made a more permanent record of my Propeller board related suggestions.

PlayStation 2 Touchscreen Robot Remote

This is a project I've been working on for a while.

It's supposed to be a robot remote control. I have had it working as a remote but currently it's in the middle of an upgrade so it doesn't really control anything yet.

As you can see it uses a PlayStation 2 controller as one of the input devices. There's an enclosure strapped to the front of the controller.

Here's a side view to give you an idea of how the two main parts join together.

Idea for Treaded Robot

I've been meaning to show Dickel my experiments with Vex treads. His MDi #2 continues to look amazing but Dickel has expressed some concern about the frame of his treads. Rather than using increased thickness of polystyrene, I wonder if some sort of box shape could be used to increase the stiffness of the structure.

Here are some photos of prototype tread mechanism.