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RAMPS 1.4 as a robot driver/controller

RAMPS and arduino mega have lowered costs much thanks to RepRap movement. How much it would be useful to use it to drive a robot?

4 drivers could drive the base wheels and the last an ultrasonic sensor. Endstop headers could be used to drive servos? Heated bed and extruder heater could drive instead high power peripherics like a big lamp or pump... Or just keep doing what it does well and leave behind 3d printed objects!

controlling servos

How do you control a servo with a microcontroller in Flowcode 5

I was just going to use a pwm macro but according to my teacher I need to bring the speed down to a period of 20ms which can't be done. Now it wouldn't be the first time he's wrong.

So there is a PWM component macro in flowcode 5 and a servo component macro, yet he still says none work.

Does anyone know for sure if it works and if it doesn't, how can I do it?

Arduino Problems

Edit #1:Just found that instead of the regular chip used for usb to serial conversion on standard arduino boards, the clones have some sort of cheap chinese converter IC.I did some  finding and found out that mine was CH340.

Last month I bought an arduino nano clone for ebay for around 3$ but when the package came in my hands, I was shocked to see the import taxes - 16$, gosh! you can't be joking but yeah,that's what i had to pay to actually get hold of the package. 

Arduino connecting grounds

Hi all,

I have a question here, which is probably simple to some of you, but I'm going to ask it anyway.

When using multiple servos from an Arduino, I use an alternative power, to the Arduino's on board power, however Arduino and servo power all derives from the same battery. I also connect the grounds, from the servos to a ground on the Arduino. I assume this to be correct, as it works and all the information I have viewed supports that.

Arduino motor schield

I bought a new l293d motor shield when I connect it uno board the led of both board are turn off and the pc can't find com3 port.

Is it damaged one?


Can I put an infared range finding syestem and an servo on an rc car and reprogram the microcontroller,so it turns into an  obstacle avoider,sorry for all the stupid things I have been posting (resistor array)



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Machines that make mistakes

Hello ! We are Design students, and are very new at all of this, and we would like to make an object that works with any sort of energy, that should be 'alive'. Our idea is to find a way to make it do mistakes, as humans make mistakes. Does any of you have any suggestions ? Our focus is on simple mistakes or children's mistakes, such as clumsiness, or spilling things, or falling, fearless actions etc. If you have any crazy ideas and tips, it would really really help us ! Thank you so much in advance

Recommendations for power source

Hi all,

It's my first post here so I'm hoping I'm doing this right. I'm currently building a robot on the oh-so-popular Dagu Rover 5 platform (4WD). I don't have much mounted right now. One Arduino Uno, with an OSEPP motor shield and a servo on which I mounted a PING))) sensor.  

For the moment, I'd just like to get this guy running autonomously to get the experience of an end-to-end project. I'm probably not even going to bother with the encoders just yet. 

2.4 LCD Touch Screen

Hi guys,

I just got a touch screen and I am wondering how to use it

 I have no clue where to begin.

I have an arduino uno r3 and the touch creen. I will include a picture.

I have looked through the examples, but I am still confused.

I would just like to use it for the paint program to start. TO just get it running.

I downloading the libaries but was confused by that as well. The one on lady ada says to open cpp file and change something. Thats where I got confused.


RC car controller

Hi, for a project for school I'm making an RC car,

for the controller I use 2 PS1 joysticks, 1 for the movement and 1 for the camera.

the camera movement is easy but I can't figure out to get the info of 1 joystick to controll the 2 motors.

I'm using flowcode 5.

Can someone help me with this?

Arduino ethernet sheild and arduino due

Hello guys, I've a wiznet w5100 ethernet sheild (http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NjAwWDYwMA==/z/XyMAAOSwqu9VHBTB/$_12.JPG) and arduino due, but i don't know how to connect them, can you guys help me with the connections

Ping sensor question

Hey guys, I have a quick question.

My robot Ive built is runninh great with the exception

that it tends to run into walls.

My code states > 40 then do such and such.

Should I increase or decrease. It will drive

into wall. stop then scan then turn around 

and in most case drive into the next wall.

im looking for a sketch to run 2 dc motors

hey guys im at my ends rope.

im.going to start fresh hopefully you can offer a

sketch that i can use to 

make sure my l239d is working

and my power sources are correct

thank you. 

James robot driving me crazy

hey guys i am seriously losing my mind. I am very eager to leanr and improve. I seen this project and i really wanted to build it. Its been like two months and i still am.having issues.

Interfacing arduino with SIM900A GSM module

Hello guys, I'm new to GSM modules. I've a very little idea of there working. I bought my gsm module from here: http://www.ebay.in/itm/GSM-GPRS-SIM-900A-modem-with-Stub-Antenna-for-PIC-Atmel-Arduino-Raspberry-Pi-/291389483047?_trksid=p2054897.l5673

I'm trying to send sms from the module but it is not working. I found the following  code online but it is not working


first robot

hi guys i posted about the james robot which i am not having any luck with. I am wondering if you could suggest a robot i could build that has easy instructions so i can at least build somethibg and heal my ego. i only have one micro servo a ping sensor and two dc motors. and arduino uno


battery case question

hey guys i salvaged this outta a toy wondering if i connected it wrong.

can you take alook at the pics and offer some insight. thanks

Cannot get the motors to work for this robot

hey guys. I am not getting any movement or anything from the two dc motors. I am using a l239d driver 

here is the code and also a attachment of the wiring.Thanks I hope someone can help me

#include <Servo.h>

#include <NewPing.h>


//Below are the symbolic constants. Instead of having to type in a non-sensical pin number each time we want to do something we can write an easy to understand name which represents the pin, the compiler will then replace the names with the numbers

#define LeftMotorForward 8

simple robots collaborate to lift a human body above the ground

Hey guys, 

 I am trying with friends to design a relatively small and simple robots that can collaborate together to lift a human body or move a human from one place to another. The assumption is that the human is laying on the ground and will not be moving. Assume a very simple enviornment.. I have a basic idea in mind, but I would like to hear more ideas and suggestions..