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Tips & walkthroughs

a spreadsheet giveing a overveiw on how multiplexing and help, and when multi-multiplexing helps
  so there was this one night i was up late and had to do homework.......  Read more
Here is a simple Hack to use a USB<>FTDI module for mcu programming. Most MCU chips require a reset signal to Shout the "Boot-Loader" into action and download … Read more
Helps you burn the bootloader on a ATmega168PA.
Introduction: These instructions were based on Arduino 1.0 running on Windows XP. They should work for other operating systems. Since version 0018 of the Arduino … Read more
Pushes in excess of 3kgs to any position over 2000 steps
Take one Glue stick and wash the living daylights out of it in 30 degreeC water, as the glue is water soluble. Read more
How to relate the IR-sensor output to measurements you can understand.
You have probably noticed that the "distance" returned by a "Sharp" IR sensor is not in specific units of measure. As the IR sensor approaches an object, (or vice … Read more
Rotates a head along a mathematical function
Did you ever tried to rotate the robot head and found the movement nervous?    This tip can help to smooth movements out.  Did you ever looked at a robot and … Read more
Description of various batteries on the market and tips for their use.
First of all I wish to credit the illustration. It is not my drawing but was 'borrowed' from … Read more
Sensibilizes about the delay() function
Whenever you use delays in your robot code your microcontroller is going to do nothing but wait until the delay is passed. Where on one hand this is a blessing it … Read more
Samples logic signals to help you debug your stuff
To analyze the pulse train sent from a remote control, a Logic Analyzer (LA) can be very handy. Unfortunately such a beast can be rather expensive as well. With … Read more
Program standalone ATtiny / ATmega chips through an Arduino
Using a
1 Program standalone ATtiny / ATmega chips through an Arduino   Read more
Update: Added new video. What if your robot is stucked and can't free itself?    Take back the control and steer your robot out of trouble. What if some danger … Read more
Attempts to help people understand what a robot is.
  Before you all wonder why I'm posting this here, let me clarify. From what I've noticed, most people don't actually seem to know what a robot is. Many people … Read more
Line-following robots with pick-and-placement capabilities are commonly used in manufacturing plants. These move on a specified path to pick the components from specified locations and place them on desired locations.
Using a
Line-following robots with pick-and-placement capabilities Read more
communicates with devices over serial
I'm slowly building a library of programs in C# for controlling robots, writing tutorials for how to make them as I go. I will be listing all my programs for … Read more
Collect and crosspost my blog entries and discussions about programming topics.
Introduction I started blogging about various programming topics and the community has chimed in with some good information.  I plan on continuing to blog … Read more
(Yes it's an old picture, but) as you see, we have our tools ready to work on robots.   This is just a miscellany of sensors your robot can use from time to … Read more
Provides a better alternative to the standard motor driver chips
For my first post here I've decided to present a tip rather than a robot build. While working on a my first robot I became frustrated with the selection of motor … Read more
Navigate without killing itself
Using a
Hello once again LMR! I recently made a few changes to my robot “Mobile Arduino Experimental Platform” (MAEP), and have written this tutorial on how to create a … Read more
Allows me to program my Arduino via bluetooth, USB not needed any more
I finally figured out how to program my Arduino controlled "Start Here Robot" clone without leaving my chair using bluetooth. Unfortunately it still only works when … Read more
Just a quick tip for desoldering components. Usually it’s hard to use regular pliers to hold on to a wire and find the right spot on the other side of the board … Read more