Let's Make Robots!

New natural rubber tires from DAGU

When DAGU first produced the “Magician” series of low cost robot chassis’s we used a wheel commonly available in the market.

Mini Maker Faire ShenZhen 2013

Maker Faire has once again come to ShenZhen, China thanks to Seeed Studio. Unfortunately I was only there for about 9 hours on the first day. I'm sorry I have not documented this very well, I was at the DAGU table most of the day. I have now added photos from my friends camera's as well.

I think Maker Faires, even Mini Maker Faires are something that cannot be explained with a few photos and videos. You really need to be there to truely appreciate them.

Measures my lathe speed and counts turns for winding coils
I want to wind a coil with a 1000 turns. FetaDuino to the rescue! Winding coils with a lot of turns can be a nightmare if your doing it by hand and trying to count … Read more

New Playful Puppy kit from DAGU

The new Playful Puppy robot kit from DAGU will be available from April 2013! This new version of the robot is smaller and easier to wire up. Magnetic clutches have been included on the pan / tilt assembly. The manual now explains the code in detail to make it easier to understand and modify.

Are printed instruction / assembly manuals a waste of money and paper?

It's no secret that I do not like writing instruction manuals. I would rather spend that time building or programming. Unfortunately I need to write them and I need to improve them.

Recently I completed the instruction manual for the new version of DAGU's puppy robot kit. As well as the usual assembly and wiring instructions I put a lot of work into explaining how the code worked and even how to upload the code via the ISP socket and re-burn the bootloader.

Machine parts from aluminium, plastic and wood
This year, one of my major projects is to develop a low cost CNC milling machine kit. There are two parts to this project, the controller and the actual … Read more

Coolest thing about my job!

When I got my job designing new products for DAGU everyone told me how lucky I was. As with any job, some parts are better than others. As I write this blog I am currently writting an instruction manual for a new version of the Playful Puppy robot kit using the Mini Driver robot controller. This is one of my least favorite parts of the job. I also had to help with the artwork for the box, another part I do not like so much :(

So now you must wonder, what is so cool that I would write this blog?????

The Prizes We had really great entries from all over the world with this competition. I didn't want anyone to go home empty handed so I have put together some … Read more
Allows your robot to control PC applications / display sensor data
Using a
Gobetwino is a free program designed to allow Arduino boards to control PC aplications. Because it reads a serial com port it is not limited to Arduino boards and … Read more