Let's Make Robots!

ModKit: new graphical programming environment for Arduino boards

I heard about a new graphical environment for Arduino boards, called ModKit, ready to emerge from alpha testing. Want to teach your kids (or a club) to program their Arduino robots? This is the best tool for the task. Easy to use blocs stack together much like the old Lego Mindstorms GUI, making programming fun to explore. Then you can see the generated Arduino code, modify it if needed and upload it directly from the browser. Oh, did I mention you can use it online?

µServotino robot controller

In November 2010 I have started the design of a new piece of hardware, the µServotino. Much like it's brother µBotino, this board is 2x2" in size (5x5cm), has a voltage regulator, switch, ISP connector, FTDI connector, 6 sensor connectors (GND, 5V, Signal) and 12 servo connectors (GND, Vin, Signal). There is also a UART connector (with associate 5V and GND pins) in case one wants to hook up a serial device to the robot. Plenty of filtering capacitors and 2 LEDs, one for power and the other for pin D13, that can be disabled by removing the J1 jumper.

The Lego Great Ball Contraption

Robotics people sometimes are asked to be a Robot Show presenter. They look for ideas of what might get people interested in robotics. Here is an idea of a great show built using Lego robots and other contraptions, called the Cooperative Cybernetic Crate Contraption, by the SMART group, but one can be inventive and build something similar, probably less spectacular, using regular robots and contraptions.

Building a multi servo robot

The parts arrived in the mail! Here they are:

Long time ago I wanted to build a multi servo robot, like a biped or a hexapod. After seeing OddBot's Mini Biped robot, I wanted to build one just for fun until I … Read more

Busy bees... see quads at work

See the quads at work, they are doing better than a crane...

Price: $8 USD
This USB-serial cable, similar with the FTDI cable, allows users to program their µBotino directly from the Arduino IDE, including the automatic Reset and … Read more

Hacking Chumby One

I came across some posts on a different discussion board about a nice Wireless internet radio clock called Chumby One. I have found out that it has linux inside and is easily hackable to be used as a robot brain. There are already sample bots out there, I have just started to look into it and thought it might be interesting for some of you. I have almost no knowledge of how linux stuff goes and I don't think I can do much with Chumby at the moment, so I will be interested if some of you guys manage to make it your robot's brain. Perhaps using Python? or Processing?


I have seen this robot on the Arduino Forum and I find it so great and inspirational that I had to share it with you guys.

Here is Jose Julio's ArduSpider Build Log:



Google releases Android robot libraries

While Apple says it is against App Store rules to try to use an iPhone as a robot controller, Google has released Android robot libraries.