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Day 1 n 2 : 27/02 n 01/03/09 - Locomotion and Bumpers

Day 1:

Assembled the piece on a whole and tested basic locomotion....

Day 2:

Improvised on locomotion and turning and also installed some bumpers....

Roboduino Tank Tread Base

We finally have our base for the Roboduino. I made a post to our site at: http://arduinofun.com/blog/2009/03/01/roboduino-base/

So, here goes..

These are videos of my robot. A few improvements since these were done, more to come. Polou servo controller, python, wxwidgets, polymorph/shaplock plastic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqXTluYT8xU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhCQ4Jg7dJ4

 

 

Hello!

Hi guys! I'm new here, but I've been following this website for quite sometime. So I decided to create an account today. Anway, I have multiple robotic projects going on, but I wanted to introduce myself first.

 

I'm currently a high school senior, but I will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute fall of this year. I'm planning on majoring in electrical engineering and duel major in computer engineering.

 

I gotta plug Sparkfun...

Hey guys,

I just wanted to do a little pat on the back for Spark Fun. I just got my order today (Sat.) from an order I placed on Wed. It was simple USPS Priority and got here in 3 days including the day it took for them to package it up. Not to mention they have stopped using packing peanuts and are instead using this recycled, compostable crinkly paper stuff. I have orded from these guys about 6 times now and have gotten this level of service every time. Man, I just simply love good customer service. These folks have my business from now on. 

GRemote

This is my first attempt to make a custom remote controller, and also my first customized Arduino.
After seeing this post made by ObbBot I wanted to try to make one myself.

I figured that if I purchase one remote controller it would be cheaper than buying two of these and paying shipment to Portugal.

So, ripping the guts from a game remote controller I get two joysticks, a couple of buttons, two nice motors and one small lcd.

OK. Fine! You won. Big deal...

All my projects has been mechanical excercises and/or remote controlled thingys.

And after I posted my first biped here I recieved messages like "It needs a micro controller!" For that reason I've refrained from posting any of my other projects...

I even posted a rant on the forum about that robots might be robots even though they dont have brains.

Nudging newbies in the right direction

As this site continues to grow and get more popular, the prevalence of "incorrect" postings (non-useful subject lines like "Help me", posting questions or ideas as Robots, asking questions in the shoutbox, etc) has increased to the point where more of our members are concerned about it.

The Store, Part 2

Well, hello again everyone. Thought I would do a little update on the store. It has an official name now, the website is set up , and website design is almost complete. I also have a few robot designs ready to sell, including the start here robot.

 

Of course, I would love to have more robot designs to sell. If you would like yours to be one of them, please contact me!

 

 

First post!

Alright!

So I'm really new here obviously, and I have made a few forum posts and bot page comments but I haven't actually introduced myself or mentioned any projects I've got going on. My name's Patrick, and I hail from a northern Ontario town called Sudbury. I'm currently in my third year of a Computer Science degree after having spent a bit in the Electronics Engineering Technician program at the local community college and having worked a bit in Toronto for a while. 

The Pulse - Howto

LMR on the Brain
Sensing the living LMR community since 2008w43.

Tradition

There have been enough episodes of this "periodical" to call it a tradition now. And I decided to give you all a sneak peek into the Pulse's kitchen. Consider this a "Howto Write The Pulse".

Theo Jansen style robot leg: prototypes #8 and #9, I suppose

My Theo Jansen Leg is finally starting to become something reproducible. Every step in in this arduous journey has been aimed at reproduction. No robot needs just one leg. And also, I wanted to share my design with anyone who fancies a walking Strandbeest robot.


Update 25 feb 2009: New video demonstrating the first powered test. Maybe that should read overpowered test...

(The ugly green screens are an editing artifact. Imagine beatiful fades.)

Getting Started

I decided to chronicle my attempt at creating this robot to give hope to anyone out there who doubts their ability to do the same.

 I have zero experience with programming.  Zero experience with engineering.  Zero experience with anything even remotely (pardon the pun) related to robotics.  Also, though I am intensely curious about things, I'm not the smartest guy in the world by any means.

 In other words, if I can do this, anyone can do this. 

The Pulse - 2009w07

The Pulse - 2009w07

LMR on the Brain
Sensing the living LMR community since 2008w43.

ngngngngngngng!

 

Well I did it now!

I switched to Ubuntu linux and I love it. Here is a movie of my desktop. It is not the best. I need to get a better screen recorder. There are lines going through the video. :( But I dont see that when I am on my screen. I love it though. I installed compiz-fusion. :D

Yay! n00b :)

Yay! I'm really excited to have finally joined this site. I've been reading for the past week and LMR has really helped out sort the kinks in my design.

I'm an EE major, so I lourve robots. For my career, I reallllly want to work on making robotic prosthetics for the disabled.

Walter... FAIL!!

Well folks,

As it pains me to say, I have had a pretty major fail in the Walter dept... No blue smoke, mind you but I have found that getting 4 picaxes to talk to each other (while sharing serial and I2C devices) is no small task. I have more than 10 pages of hand-written notes with all my variables and pin assignments! Don't get me wrong, Walter will still live, but alas, it seems a major tear-down, downsize and rebuild is in my future... *sigh*

The meanest of servo jitter!

Working on a project, where I want a servo to rotate/position a laser that is reflected to a mirror, that is vibrated by magnetic pulses.. every day stuff here on LMR :)

Earlier I posted this:

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- And now it was time to hook it up.

However strange things happened. When I was pulsing the mirror, the servo was moving!

Smile, Mr Robot :)

As written earlier here in my blog, I am trying to make a robot that will take snapshots of itself.

I have made some laser guiding system (I think), and some cool docking so it can hook up a trailer with a camera on.

However, I figured that if the robot is taking pictures of itself, it should be able to smile to the camera :)

my brand new shiny blog :P

Hello, i just wanted to share that i have opened a new blog, you can find it here:

 http://msx80.blogspot.com/

I felt like i needed a place where to post small updates and big projects and that's it :)