Let's Make Robots!
I decided to build a pan/tilt mount using the DAGU parts I recently received. I did have a little trouble, but overall I'm pleased with the result.  You may notice … Read more
regulates my battery voltage, supplies 6V for motors and servos, 5V for logic
This walk through is heavily based on OddBot's walk through, "Once you've decided on batteries, how do you regulate the voltage?" I highly recommend that you read … Read more
I've started on my own version of the Herbie-stlye mousebot. They are so simple and fun, I couldn't resist. So far I have the basic circuit breadboarded and … Read more
Here's my version of the Start Here Robot.  It pretty much follows Fritz's directions, with some minor adaptations of the body based on the material I had on hand, … Read more

Steam Punk Robots

I was visiting my sister this past weekend. I showed her son Alec some of the great bots here on LMR. Alec has a couple of interesting model engines, and has been trying to generate electricity with them. His dad actually does this on a bigger scale with diesel engine running biodiesel and a generator.

Anyway, one of Alec's engine models is a Stirling engine. He has this model.

Mr Boston

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This is a concept for a drink server robot, Mr Boston. My initial concept is to build him out of an ice cooler, adding wheels, sensors, actuators, etc.

Some initial thoughts:

Yin and Yang

This is an idea for a pair of matched robots, "Yin" and "Yang".  This pair will be almost identical in phyical construction, but very different in programming. 

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Yang will be aggressive, and constantly seek to attack Yin.  Yin will be passive, but not defenseless, preferring to dodge and avoid rather than directly confront.

Slip Ring

To support my idea for building a 360 degree range finder, I want to build my own slip ring assembly.

I'm thinking of using a copper clad board to create concentric rings. I found a manufacturer that uses this technique. I posted a picture from them below.

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Pablo the Pool Toy

Introduction

This is a concept for a robot to monitor and manage my swimming pool.

Design Goals