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Short post on Successful data out of OSLRF-01 Laser Range Finder

It's late and I'm going to bed. My eyes are blurry, and I've got a headache... but!!!

I'm getting reliable (for the most part) Distance readings out of the OSLRF-01 as evidenced here in my putty dump.  The "ACTUAL" distance to target was in fact 2.67m.  I've got a fairly consistent reflection or ghost at 0.67 and few more stragglers that I will work to filter, but I'm quite pleased.

Prototype of OSLRF01 Arduino Scanning LIDAR (Under $150)

I've finally got pictures to show off the OSLRF-01 Open Source Laser Range Finder.  I've mounted it to a sturdy servo, and am running both currently with An Arduino FIO ... simply because that's the only available Arduino I have at the moment. 

I am also getting boards made up around the ATtiny84 that will sit as a daughterboard on this unit.   But the FIO prototype is to help me get functional code working NOW...

Biped Howto: Moving servos

+++ UPDATE (12-march-2014): Rename title as "Biped Howto".

Hi, I will try to explain, in a very simplistic manner, the way in which servo motors can be controlled.

Servo motors are controlled by a PWM signal, in which the active part of the signal (known as duty cycle) define the amount of degrees the servo will rotate.

I just received my OSLRF laser Range Finder!

So I received this awesome package in the mail yesterday from LightWare Optoelectronics in South Africa.

Made In Nepal Expo 2014 : A Glimpse

Hey there guys!

Whenver there's a relatively huge event in Nepal, the organizers resort to "Bhrikuti Mandap" as the venue. So was the case this time. The Made in Nepal Expo 2014 was held from 14th - 17th Feb 2014, at Bhrikuti Mandap. 

As the event name suggested, the event hosted hundreds of stalls that ranged from furniture to clothing and from pottery to 21st century art-work, in short, everything that's made in Nepal. Of course, why would I post this if there weren't some robots on display?

Pictures! Your Up Next!



Hello there.........Hot Glue!

Hey there guys,

Finally, ( let me repeat that again ), FINALLY, I have made my entry to the LMR HOT GLUE CLUB !! (Really? Is there one? :D)

Long story. Many places were searched and explored in Kathmandu. Many shops and mini-markets, hunted down, and from one, out comes an LMRian's favourite weapon!

Below is where I found it. It's a place called Asan, a busy street market area. Pretty much an offline real world e-bay for me ! ( cheap stuff )


Demo of a Conversational Robot that Learns by Listening...

I have been working on this for the past few months, basically, its a conversational learning AI.  I've tried to figure out how to explain it...best to watch the video.  The logic based stuff is a few minutes into the video.

At the core of it, the bot learns concepts by listening to people and remembering what they say...

Pulse oximeter Mk II

I just started to build a second version of a pulse oximeter. If you don't know what a pulse oximeter is, here is a simple but detailed description what a pulse oximeter is and how it works.

Gipsy, son of Sticky

As seen in my previous post, first attempt to build a quadrupod ended with a jump from the desk.
Hopefully, I learned a lot and I was ready to launch the next experiment.

My wife just received this very nice material from a friend and there’s enough for me too :)

I think the best english translation is paper foam board, but you will see it later.

Let's start a video blog

I think it's time to summarize my projects and start a video blog.

I already saw wonderful things from other members, this is a very small contribution.

first a quick intro on current projects. Then I hope to have more practical videos

Hope you'll enjoy a little bit

Sticky, born to disappear :)

As my 4WD slowly evolves, I wanted to think on my next platform.

One of the form that fascinate me is hexapod robots. They quite always looks organics in their moves and it seems that they can be easier to build than full crazy out of price humanoids ;)

Simple Camera Pan & Tilt

I wanted to create an unlimited 360° +/- pan with 180° tilt sync'd to my camera shutter (Prism)

So I got some scraps from the garage and made this thing - I know the quality is really lousy

I'm somewhat unsure if the fuel tubing couplers will be strong enough (bottom/pan coupler isn't connected yet)

Both mechanisms move "fairly freely" so . . . we shall see


It's a start - more later



PID Tutorials for Line Following

Hey there guys. This post is outdated. Visit http://letsmakerobots.com/node/39972 for the updated tutorial.

Hello LMRians,

In this writeup, I will try to create a tutorial for tuning your robot using PID to follow a line. This tutorial won't go deep down into the details of PID and its applications but will just attempt to show how a robot can be tuned with the PID parameters to follow a line.

12V-30V Arduino Power Supply

So one project that I've been working on lately is a 24V Brushed Motor Controller Shield for Arduino. One of the features that the shield must implement is a power supply capable of power the Arduino with more than 15V, activates the Arduino when the input voltage is greater than 12V, and power any necessary gate driver circuitry. I finished Rev 1 of the power supply and plan to add one more revision to the power supply circuit before designing the reminding parts of the shield. 

The biggest moments in life..

Hi Guys,

I just figured I’d share this moment with you. The picture was taken just after my wife had been given birth to our second daughter a couple of days ago, December the 22. Guess I’m not much of a planner ;) But hey, at least it was not on Christmas eve!

Thank you for the greetings I have received by mail - as always, it’s amazing to feel your friendship :)


Royal AP8000 8000mAh USB battery for $12 !!!

I just visited one of Costco's Clearance Outlet stores nearby, and found this LiPo battery pack for $12!  Just because it was out of it's packaging!

5v 2.1A out, wich charge level meter on front panel.  Weighs about 12oz...

Had to buy two of them  IMMEDIATELY before someone came to their senses!

It retails at Costco for $40, which is still a great price for LiPo  8000mAh here in Canada. 

SparkFun launches robotic parts & "Robotics 101" video series

Actobotics Logo - page

December 20, 2013: SparkFun launches the Actobotics robotic components online.

The first video shows Robert from SparkFun introducing the product line and talking about the various items.

"Do not average your Max-Sonar results..ever!" who knew?

I've apparently been mistreating my MaxSonar EZ-1.   I can't find where i stole.. er... borrowed my idea from for averaging a series of responses to reduce the inconsistencies, but I was looking up some information on the Arduino pulseIN() timeout (Thanks Oddbot!) and came across http://playground.arduino.cc/Main/MaxSonar   ... Yeah... I know it should have been one of my first places to look, but...