Let's Make Robots!

My Soft Robotic Hand in Popular Science

I'm really excited to announce that one of my robotics projects is now in Popular Science magazine!

I met two editors from PopSci last year at NY Maker Faire, and exchanged contact info. Later one of them reached out to me to ask if I'd like to do a robotics project for the magazine, based on the resources in Harvard's Soft Robotics Toolkit.The toolkit is an excellent place to start if you are interested in soft robotics.


I new bot chassis to play with. "Clamps"!

I After seeing the new Actobotics runt rovers and getting my hands on one, I find that I like them a lot for a quick inexpensive chassis.  Anyway, I have always loved boxy cars and was a Volvo owner for a long time. I had to have this one (Half Pint) since it's so, you know boxy! :)  Thinking of putting a gripper and a cam on it. Lot of room in the box!


Blood Hound InMoov

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This project uses Gas sampling modules to detect Ethanol/Alcohol/Hydrogen/Smoke/carbon monoxide/Liquid propane gas (LPG).
the sensors gives out an analogue signal proportional (well not sooo proportional) to the gas concentration.

Prom Night...Robot Style

Check out Anna rocking a dress...Artie is killing me with the bow tie.  Classic.   I'm just glad there are chaperones there...

Prom Night

Building a TITAN

TITAN is a much larger version of my Wild Thumper robot chassis which was based on my original 6WD robot chassis. The reason for making TITAN is simple, I want a robot chassis big enough to do jobs like plowing snow, mowing the lawn or carrying heavy garden supplies like a few bags of fertilizer.

I'm already doing well!

I just made my first real sale, that is one test sale and one real sale. Oh baby, this is going to be cool!


(Backend of the marketplace, my personal webshop)

ESP8266 wifi module issues I have had

The ESP8266 is very powerful little module, but a very picky one as well. In working with original ESP-01 I had very limited success with it and it just acted "flakey". I do understand now what most of the issues were with this module. 

NodeMCU ESP8266 simple httpd (web server) example

I want to add a simple webserver to my NodeMCU bot, and...

<begin old man grump>

ESP8266 running NodeMCU as a controller

Every since the ESP8266 modules were released, I have wanted to try one.  I ordered a few once they came out last year, but did not get to try them out until this year. After trying one module that seemed to work but never could be connected to, I tried another and was finally able to get one to work. The only test I actually did with it was to grab a webpage, basically a curl call. That was earlier in the year and had done nothing else since with them.

QSM - Quarter Square Multiplication, 8 x 8 -> 16 Speed Record on Extended Baseline PIC!

QSM - Quarter Square Multiplication, Speed Record on Extended Baseline PIC!

I'm a great fan of PIC10F / PIC12F / PIC16F controllers. They are inexpensive, they offer verstalie peripherals, and they are absoulely energy efficient which is becoming extremely important in the era of IoT. However, they don't provide mulitplication hardware. There are several code snippets for software multiplication around, but there is still the challenge of doing it better. I've taken it! And here we go with the fastest 8 x 8 -> 16 multiplication I know on extended baseline PIC.

TIIC IDC 2015 - Team 1220 - "HELP : High Speed Emergency Life Saving Projectile"

. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. . There are an estimated 372 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide. . Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning. . Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning. . Our project aims to solve the problem completely.

4x4to8MTL - 4 x 4 -> 8 Multiplication by Table Lookup

The challenge

On piclist.com we find lots of basic arithmetic routines including multiplication of two 4 bit numbers giving an 8 bit result [1]. It gives detailed derivation of his code which is small and fast, indeed.

But we can do better! Since this article was published Microchip has brought the enhanced baseline PIC to market which has competitive price, larger instruction set, and more special function registers with increased functionality. This gives the option of simple and fast table lookup in program memory.

Arduino bluetooth controlled robot

Hello! This is the first robot about which I am writing on LMR. I am really excited! This robot uses an Arduino as its brain and has an HC-05 bluetooth module for sending in commands through a smartphone. The main focus here in this robot is the ability to automate its motions. A user can enter a string of letters and instruct the robot to mimic the step commands entered. For example a user can enter "ssrst" which means move forward 2 steps then turn right and move one step forward again.The 't' is to instruct the robot to perform the set of motions only once.

Mini review of the Actobotics runt rover Sprout robot chassis

Over the past week I have had the chance to play with the Actobotics runt rover Sprout. I posted an unboxing of this bot last week.


I would like to introduce myself to the community. My name is Dave, I work as a AUV / ASV tech as well as specializing in underwater acoustics. After general shop talk I have taken a interest in small scale robotics geared towards geographic and oil / gas research. I have worked with automation and autonomous vehicles for the last 10 years and would like to apply my knowledge to smaller units. I look forward to many good discussions here and am willing to help where I can. Best wishes, Dave








Find a sign by color tracking

An overview of the code factory:
Color detection is the fastest approach for for finding objects in a video image. And it does have its downsides of course.