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Hacked some servos for fun


I had a GWS S03TXF 2BB servo that I had previously released the magic smoke from. It's been sitting on my desk, labeled "bad" for some time. I took it apart and could see that the board shows visible signs of frying.

I also had a GWS S03N STD servo that I had butched for the brains, in order to try to create a mongo-sized servo for steering YardGnome (a work in progress).

It's 4AM: Arduino SHR Coded but not built

I've been planning an Arduino version of the Start Here robot. Today most of my parts arrived from SparkFun. This bot will be based on Ro-Bot-X's Arduino Shield for building robots.

100% up to date on everything

Frits made a big deal in the shout box today after I posted that I had caught up with ALL the forum posts. He suggested I make a blog about it, so here you go, Frits!

There was a little "easter egg" suprise message that comes up when you have no unread posts.

Yard Gnome Blog (was Mobility Scooter!)



 I am building an outdoor robot named Yard Gnome to help around the house. I'm starting from a mobility scooter, kettcar and other parts.








Cost so far:






Steampunk Robot

I attended the 2010 Steampunk Worlds Fair in Piscataway, NJ.

This bot took first place at the Mad Science Contest.

Here is a less dramatic, but more in focus picture.

Ignoble Idiocy

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana


Nobody's perfect, least of all me.  Here I intend to record some of my roboting mistakes for my own good.  Perhaps you can learn from my errors, or even contribute your own.

Latest Update: 2010-02-04

Mr. Suspense

Just starting a build blog for the Mr. Basic Challenge II.  When I get some more progress I will post pics and make a robot page.

I'm still developing ideas, but I liked Gareth's work on a suspension system for the original Mr. Basic Challenge, so I'm starting with that.  My suspension will use steel cable instead of polymorph for a flexible power transfer system.  Ultimately,I want to try a four wheel independent suspension, but I will start with the front axis being on one suspension platform and the rear on another.

My Shopping List (feel free to ignore)

Why would you care what I'm shopping for?  Well, you probably don't.

Still here?  Go build a robot!  Here's what I'm shopping for to build some of my own.

September 2009

I need stuff for Mr. Suspense!  Plus maybe some other goodies.

Mr. Suspense

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


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: