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Hey folks,

So I just had a total, smoking melt-down of 4 IR distance sensors. To say I was quite upset would be an understatement. At the same time, my wife and kids are on holiday for the next week leaving me in a nice, quite house with time to work on my robots. Now, I have the time... But no sensors.

 I just got off the phone with Paul from Spark Fun ( http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php )

Now, I can't say exactly what they did to accomidate me, but I can say I AM A VERY, VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!!!

Listen to this:

Code question with a line follow sensor...

So I am trying to add a encoder on one of my wheels so the robot knows how far it has gone/turned. I am using a simple IR line follower sensor and this on one of my gears:

Encoder_Wheel.jpg

The sensor can tell the diference between black and right obviously, and the sensor works well -I have had it blink a LED on and off and it worked great.

Now I am trying to get the picaxe to count the white spaces and am running into problems...

Here is the code I am using now:

Please Help Me Code-People and Fritz

Hey Fritz (and code people)

I am still using your good ol' (the one using the fr05)... and it's still great! I modified it to run servos as motors instead of a motor dirver chip. --Here's the deal, I am using a FR05 on a servo in the standard configuration but the way I have it mounted is quite high up. I have added (2) Sharp IR distance sensors down low in order to catch anything that the FR05 misses. Sort of a "whoa, I didn't see that..." extra safety. 

Here is what I am trying to insert --I thought it would be super simple!!

So I got a "Vex" Starter Kit for Free!!
Using a
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A nice, simple base running on good ol' Fritz code
Using a
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I need some ideas folks...

So here's the deal,

I just ran into this cool old robot thing... Originally from the Nintendo 1.0 it is full of possibilities.

Robots_001.jpg

The arms travel up while the claws close, they open as they lower. 

The base has room in it for 4AA's and a small board.

The arms can also swivel 360 degrees while the head stays stationary

Also -The base is the exact right size for standard tracks.

 

Robots_003.jpg

I need a cheap RF camera

Does anyone know where I can get a small, very cheap, very low res RF camera? I want to put a camera on my dog's head and use it for a webcam stream. The camera needs to be kinda small but the size of the transmiting box doesn't matter as long as it is a seperate unit. At the recieving end I just need some kind of video out -USB would be fine too... Whatever.

Anyone heard of such a thing? 

Well, my 28x board is on its way and I have a good chassis to work with, so I will be building my first really cool robot soon. The problem I have is that the … Read more