Let's Make Robots!

WiiCamera Break Out Fail (Not my fault)

It seems that God is not without a sense of humor...

So, I had a bit of a run there for a while of producing boards which later became coasters. Bound and determined to not let that happen again, I set out to design my WiiCamera break out boards. I carefully layed out the circuit, breadboarded each and every part, and then designed a neat, simple PCB around the breadboard circuit.

Write LMR (Manual Mode)

I was filling some gaps of time and once again, started playing with my little drawing bot. A truly sad little bot that has never really found a calling and receives none of my attention. Never the less, I did manage to build a nifty pen-lifter thing and stick a bluetooth module on. As seen in the video, just regular ol' RC control (except via the tilt of the Android phone) with a Sharpie stuck down the middle.

Please don't expect to be impressed.

Wii Camera BreakOuts

I just finished and sent off some break out boards to support a wiicamera. These boards use the camera after it has been removed from the wiimote and communicate via i2c NOT the standard bluetooth connection of the wiimote. Included on the board is the necessary reset circuit and 25mhz crystal. There are a total of (4) .9" mounting holes to match 2-56 hardware. 2 of these holes match the hole pattern of the servo horn of the "LMR standard" blue servo. Pull-up resistors are also on board for the i2c lines. The board requires and has a 5-pin header for:

Line Follow PCB's

I just got an order of PCB's in and well, I just gotta show them off...

This is a line follow sensor with onboard i/o expander. All 8 sensors can come in (via i2c) in a nice, clean binary byte while still giving you access to each individual sensor if you like. There are 2 mounting positions allowing a forward posistion for curvy line-follow as well as a "closer to the robot" mount for straight-line maze stuff. If nothing else, I am posting to remind folks that boards do not have to be square! Radius your corners, add some details --Don't be afraid of curves, my friends!

How to calculate servo strength && my micro arm

Do what I say, not what I do...

I have told a lot of folks that it is very hard/impossible to build an arm using micro servos. As the arm gets longer and the weight of each servo along the arm is added, the base servos can't keep up. Well, I don't believe myself. Now that I have discovered the wonder of Plastruct, and the lightness thereof, I am going to make a stab at this one.

Processing Andriod Hello World CtC

It is official, I have Processing (or at least the code that comes outta the Processing) running on my HTC Evo magic phone.

As always, much love to all who assisted in the nightmare that was the software install.

Woo Hoo!

 

I Found Some Awesome Joysticks

Just a quick heads-up.

I found quite possibly the most awesome collection of joysticks around. I have yet to get my hands on one, but man --they look good, nice mounting and multi-multi axis. Some of them are X-Y, some are X-Y and button and some are X-Y button AND twist!

Very cool.

They are here at ServoCity.

POV Via Dog

 

If you don't think this is wonderful, you should be slapped.

POV via dog.

 

Sneak Peek --Walter's TX, LCD and Graphics

Sneak Peek --PCB's are on their way...

CTC I am in the Make it Tweet Contest

Just thought I would drop a link...

I finally got around to Instructable'ing my Glen the Stove/ Twitter project. As it is, I needed to do so to enter in the Make it Tweet Contest. I did and I am.

Here is the linky-link.