Let's Make Robots!

Robotics Engineering WPI Class of 2014

Hello fellow LMR'ers,

I just wanted to create a blog post because I haven't been active on the site in a long time, but that's for good reason.  

I've been really focused on my school studies, and being a senior in high school, I also need to focus on college applications, financial aid, ect... 

Speaking of College, just today I received an admissions letter from Worcester Polytechnic Institute stating that I have been admitted to become a part of the WPI class of 2014!!!!! 

IR Homing Beacon?

I'm looking to build an Beacon, IR or otherwise, that a robot can see and simply drive to. Pretty much like a docking station for the robot to be recharged or a robot that follows you. (unless that's something different...)

I did a few searches, but I've only come up with robots that use a beacon and not how to build the circuit and write the code.

Any help? 


Edit: 8.31.09


I don't know if this helps, but I'm pretty much looking to build what CtC did here: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/6499

Sensor-Based Human Activity Recognition

I have a very ambitious idea for a robot project. After doing some reseach, I found a word that perfectly defines what I've been trying to describe for a while: Human Behavior Recognition, or more specifically, Sensor-Based Human Activity Recognition (SBHAR, for sake of brevity.)

08.04.09 0044: BARE PICs

I've been spending the better part of the last few months studying to become more familiar with bare PICs. I'm not too sure what it is exactly that attracts me to using bare PICs in lieu of using an "Arduino" or "PICAXE", but I've made the decision to utilize bootloaded microcontrollers solely when prototyping.

PIC and PICkit Problems

I just began to tackle bare PICs again with the 12F509. Simple baseline stuff. Just for good measure as to whether or not I remembered what the hell I was doing, I tackled the task of turning on a LED. :p I used the following user code:


Looks like cardboard...now it moves like cardboard too!!!
Using a
So far all I have is this cardboard prototype. I chose to make it out of cardboard instead of making a CAD model cause I thought it would be FUN! :p     Read more


Well after complaining about the difficulty of programming PICs "http://letsmakerobots.com/node/9162" I remembered bootloaders. Originally I thought that boatloaders were just for Arduino's and PICAXE's, but after some investigating, I realized that they're a completely valid alternative to programming hardware! 

LMR Search

Is the search thingy here not working, or is it just me? Seriously, I don't know if it's because I use Chrome, or if it's just not working. I tried to search to see if anything was said about this, but well...you know...I can't.