Let's Make Robots!

Serial Arduino

 Heya folks,

I've been considering getting into the arduino and wondered if any one had any thoughts on this initial setup.

I was looking on sparkfun and found this.

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8846

courses in robotics and cs

Hey all,

I found this link this morning and figured I'd share it...it's pretty cool that they are offering these courses for free online! 

http://www.mouemagazine.com/blog/2008/09/stanford-offers-free-online-courses-in-cs-robotics/

LHC starts up tomorrow

The large hadron collider gets it's beam on tomorrow....can't wait to see what happens....or doesn't.  :)

http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/

http://lhc-first-beam.web.cern.ch/lhc%2Dfirst%2Dbeam/Welcome.html 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider

Less to do with robotics, but still, something that maybe a few might be interested in. 

 

robot tank from the 80's

Hey all,

 Just thought I'd throw this out there as this was something we had back in the day(80s). A fine specimen to see how it was done back then and how simple it was as well. This was something that was sold on the market for big bux....it's pretty amazing that we've come to the point where we can make these things(or something simlar) ourselves. 

It had a simple instruction control and no object detection. 

 It would be an interesting base if you can get your hands on one...

http://www.thebigtrak.com/index.htm 

potential platforms

So I started doing a search of toys, mainly rc, to use as a base platform for a random project. I wanted it to also includ some features that would be useful or have at least some potential, and I came across this little gem. 

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Planet-Spy-Video-Car/dp/B000EMRVI8

An Rc car, with a video camera and receiver display. Mind you the range and all might suck, but it does have potential for at least shortrange use.

Cubloc, Anyone seen or used this mcu?

 I stumbled on this while looking at the phanderson.com site.

 This looks like a nifty little proc with quite a few features. Anyone seen, heard of, played around with, or have any general info on this mcu...

http://cubloc.com/product/01_01.php

Foam dart shooter

 

This thing looks awesome, but just a bit pricy. Does anyone know if any else makes something similar?? and cheaper???

http://www.robotshop.ca/home/products/robot-parts/mechanics/servo-mechanicals/servo-pan-tilt/direct-drive-pan-tilt/pob-bot-gun.html