Let's Make Robots!

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Sweet distribution
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At work someone (ok it was me) mentioned using a robot to distribute the Friday afternoon sweeties and I accepted the challenge. Already having a tank remotely … Read more
Introduction This Rover 5 platform was received with damaged wheels so I decided I'd give mechanum wheels a try. Unfortunately the cheapest set of mechanum wheels I … Read more
So a while back I splashed a little cash on Kickstarter. I hadn't seen or heard of any Arduino's that were as small as the Digispark and I thought it'd be … Read more

Ebay mixed bag of robot bits

I mentioned on SPANR's page that I bought a bunch of robot bits on ebay some time ago and I started playing with them recently. This blog is my way of keeping track of what I got and some thoughts on what I can do with it.

First off, the biped.

stEve started life as a robot shaped sweetie tin. I received him as part of a Christmas present last year (2011) from some friends. This Christmas Eve stEve was … Read more
Short for: Self Propelled Acer Netbook Robot Status: Glorified RC car. First video posted. Read more

Magic blue smoke

As part of a mixed set of robot parts I bought on ebay I received this Dagu 4-Channel Motor Controller. On the back there was a trace broken so I soldered in a wire to replace it and hooked it up to the Rover5 (from the same set). Wired it to an Arduino UNO and programmed it to run a motor test. Applying power to the board, before the Arduino had even started PWM, one of the driver ICs began smoking.

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This year I designed, printed and assembled a Christmas Star for my parents' Christmas tree. Read more