Let's Make Robots!

Tiny swarm robots

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Is this cool or what?

Just had to share it :)

Homemade wheel encoder

Basically I just printed out one of these (laser printer recommended):

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...And attached it to a wheel (double sided tape recommended).

Then I hooked up one of these (a 2$ IR sensor: QRB1134):

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...And attached it to the motor pointing towards the wheel.

Environment mapping

I'm currently working on an application for mapping the environment with a range sensor. Right now it's only a sharp sensor (GP2D12) mounted on a servo that is turning slowly, while the readings and corresponding servo angles are being sent constantly to my PC via serial. The program then converts the angle and distance to x/y coordinates and draws a map.

My 1st non-breadboard circuit :)

I know..a lot of you good folks could solder before you could walk and probably sleep with a soldering iron under your pillow (hope you remember to turn it off :), so here is this guy in his 30s bragging about his first circuit. Pathetic.

However soldering is a major challenge to me and actually the main reason I didn't get started with robotics years ago. It's just not easy for my unsteady hands. So I'm very happy to declare that I just finished my 1st working non-breadboard circuit. It's a motor+servo shield for my Arduino.