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Rotary Encoder - For positional feedback of a Geared Motor
 My Latest Project "Swiss Milka Cow" needs some Positional feedback on 3 of its motors. What follows is my Solution using a Standard Geared Motor and a QRD1114 … Read more
Geir's RGB night light was such an inspiration I just had to make my own.  Instead of Picaxes I decided to use ATTiny 2313. At first I tried to program it with C … Read more
Test bed for a 6 legged, 3 servo walker.
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I was so impressed by the video of the Pololu hexapod walker I thought I'd have a go at one of my own.  This is a rebuild of my initial attempt using a PicAxe … Read more
Navigates by sonar and carries a multimeter around
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This little guy exists as a courtesy. He makes his binary way to the nooks and crannies of the house in case someone there might need to measure a resistor or … Read more
Walking, Balancing, Competing in Mech Warfare
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First post here but figured I would share my most recent work; an EX-106+ servo based custom humanoid robot named Giger. This bot was designed in Autodesk Inventor, … Read more
follows a black line on a white surface
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Hi guys....     Finally today arrived the last order for this robot... the wheels and the caster....   I took me 2 night of CAD-ing...   Read more
Howto interface QRD1114 line sensor
Hi, everyone! Few days ago one of our new members asked for help with QRD1114. I decided to answer in form of walkthrough, so others can benefit from it as … Read more
Play Fetch, Firefighting, navigate by map using different sensors for localisation.
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This is my latest robot, still work in progress. It will take a while until it gets finished, as I want to make it more and more complex. I intend to add every … Read more
Grabbing objects, swinging them around
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This is a delta parallel robot - aimed to be the smallest in the world. I aimed at a height of about 1cm, but during building I found that, with my … Read more
Navigates around via ultrasound, makes :D :) :( :| or :P, tries to catch everything nearby with its gripper
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You can buy German Cheese in Shanghai, sealed in a nice aluminum can. Since a while I toyed already with the idea of doing sth. with these cans. Too good to throw … Read more
Walks forward and backward, turns in place, avoids obstacles.
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This is a simple three-servo hexapod robot using the Pololu Micro Maestro as a controller.  The Micro Maestro allows allows me to sequence gaits and integrate … Read more
Keeps the baby sidetracked
What better way to celebrate the birth of a new family member. I jumped at the chance to make a solarised baby mobile to pacify our new arrival. So here is … Read more

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I thought it was time to tell a little about the application I'm working on these days. Though very far from finished, it's starting to look like something bit by … Read more
Navigate around using Object detection and Distance Detection
Meet Sparky (Assistive Companion) currently sparky has the ability to find his way around objects and navigate through rooms. Every move that sparky makes is saved … Read more
  i did not want to use the normal methods of a balcing robot.... so i just but a big hunk a metal under the axle. bot demensions 43x43x82 brain: … Read more
just another light seeking robot  41mm wheel base  iphone for size comparison 14cm x 8cm x 7cm   parts list Read more

quad encoder read speed

This is as much a programming problem as it is a mechanical issue I guess.
A few of us are working with quad encoders at the moment and I'm just wondering about ideas how to overcome a problem I've encountered using some.
I'm using interrupt on change to count encoder ticks and also reading a 16 bit timer for the interval between ticks on each motor.

Hello, my first post and first attempt at a robot. I visited the Manchester (UK) Mini Maker Faire recently and saw some biped robots and I decided that I just had … Read more