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Soldering tutorial

Hey there

When first starting out on electronics, I found soldering really frustrating, mainly because I was missing a few good tips and tricks that make it a breeze! So I've just finished off a video tutorial, and thought I'd post it here in case anyone finds it helpful :)



24/10/2013 Latest update on my blog http://robotblogging.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/pi-eyes-stage-2.html I've started work on getting raspberry pi data out of the … Read more

laser distance measuring

I've been pondering building a musical instrument with multiple 'strings' that are actually a set of distance measuring devices set up in a line. However in order to avoid the strings interfering with each other it occured to be lasers might be the best approach. Unfortunately pre-constructed laser range finders are pricey. Has anyone got any experience putting these together from smaller components (i.e. a laser light plus a sensor).

Transform into a different table type
Using a
Not quite sure what something has to be to be a robot, however this table has some electromechanical bits, is powered by an Arduino and will almost certainly talk … Read more

I am thinking of writing a cad tool

So I've tried about 10 different CAD programs now to try and create my robot models, and am quite simply.. ANGRY! Apologies if this post sounds a little ranty - I'm just a bit fed up, so try and read this post with your angry filter on :)

Every program seems to have it's floors or problems, that seem to come from 2 distinct areas:

MmBot (so named as she was born at Media Molecule) is designed to be a cute robot pet. The key objective is to wander around the office, interacting with people and … Read more

what cad tool?

SO I've recently got an UP 32 printer, but am not sure what application to use to model my new robot in - they all seem to have various advantages / disadvantages. The ultimate question for this topic is: What cad tool to use? Some of my findings are below but I've still not found something I'm happy with.

help with 3d image reconstruction (from stereo or multiple images)

Does anybody have any experience with, or any good references on reconstructing a 3d scene from a stero image, or lots of images from different positions?

My use case is obviously a robot (MmBot) which has a stereo camera mounted on the front. I don't want to use a proper depth camera, as they are intrusive so I couldn't have multiple robots in the same room all seeing at once.

This is MmBot with the stereo cameras on the left, and the image she sends to the pc on the right.