Let's Make Robots!
It seems to me that for a robot to be really useful in the home or workplace then it must be able to handle stairs. With this in mind I want to design a stair … Read more

S.A.M. as an Arduino Library - Software to make our robots talk

Back in the good old days of Atari's and Commodore64's there was a program called S.A.M. the software automated mouth. Considering this was available about 30 years ago I have always been dissapointed at the lack of progress in robotic speach since then.

I know there is some much better speech programs available now but how often have you had a computer talk to you?
S.A.M. is actually built into Adobe Reader. Just open a PDF file, go to the "View" menu and at the bottom you will find "Read Aloud".

Jameco now sell the Micro Magician robot controller

Good news everyone, the Micro Magician is now being stocked by Jameco as well as Rocket Brand Studios.

New LBD geared motor for small robots

DAGU have now released a modified version of our Little Black Duck analog servo.

This is the Little Black Duck servo, modified for continuous rotation with the control circuit removed making it into a simple geared motor with a ball raced output shaft. This motor is perfect for small robots and can be easily driven by an L293D or a controller with a built in "H" bridge such as our Micro Magician.

Life imitates robots

They often say that robots imitate life but this video is a great example of life imitating a robot. Reminds me of the movie A.I.

Having one of those days where your too lazy to do anything? Have a robot doodle for you while you sit back in your favorite chair. This is a very simple drawing … Read more
Senses current drawn by a motor
This simple circuit will allow your processor to monitor the current being drawn by a motor or any other device. The circuit shown will monitor currents up to 20A … Read more
Gives you a wireless connection to your robot
Recently I tried to set up a wireless link between my laptop and a robot so that I could upload new sketches and adjust certain parameters of the program while the … Read more

Interfacing yor robot to your PC using Gobetwino (can work with any MCU)

I am currently working on a project where I need to teach my robot to "see" using an ultrasound sensor. In particular it must find and collect drink cans on a playfield and return them to a specific location.

To make the programming easier I wanted to take the sensor output from the robot and display it on the computer as a chart. As I am a terrible programmer I did a quick google search and came up with Gobetwino.

Helps you burn the bootloader on a ATmega168PA.
Introduction: These instructions were based on Arduino 1.0 running on Windows XP. They should work for other operating systems. Since version 0018 of the Arduino … Read more