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So here we are :) I decided to try and build the holy grail of robotics hobbist: a self balancing robot. I've made some research around and i've come to the … Read more
Feels walls with paperclip whiskers
Using a
10/19/08  I got tired of waiting for my Arduino to "process" and ship.  It's been almost two weeks (apparently it's getting here tomorrow), and I'm just too damn … Read more
This will be my first "real" robot. I.e. my first robot with brains. My last lunchbox robot was done in a small team as part of a first year engineering … Read more
Ever wanted to know if your battery has just the right voltage to run your robot. Sometimes I stick a battery in a robot and it just limps over. I figures that the … Read more
Update - added a front bumper switch The switch is activated by a horizontal bar, and currently only triggers the camera to take a photo. Description This is a … Read more
Programmable behaviour
Using a
UAN consists of a number of panels connected to a common I2C bus. Power supply to the panels is provided together with the communication cables. The lower level … Read more
Make something for halloween. Animate a skull. Make a flying vampire bat. Make a lightshow to frighten the wits out of small children. Make loud noises. Use the … Read more
remote control, sound effect, shooting with laser and IR, detect IR, control electronic applicants
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Before going on developing the Home Explorer, I have to make a battle tank with shooting capability for my son...because I promised him several months ago. The … Read more
Wall avoiding aimless robot
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Here's the photo of my first original bot - HairyBot 1, so called due to the abundance of wires from this breadboard on wheels.  It's a pretty simple setup, made … Read more
If you are building a walking Robot, you will pull out your hair when trying to optimize the leg's movements. I had this idea; I had a digital camera, I strapped on … Read more
Been playing with my new servos and servo controller, now I just need to find my sisters dog........     go here if the video doesn't … Read more
Follows a line without a brain
HD-Bot is my first intend in building robots. His name is is derived from his chassis, which is an an old hard disk case. There is no controller onboard, the motors … Read more
Exploring my home via infrared and ultrasound
Just bought the Tamiya Track & Wheel Set 70100 and Double Gearbox 70168 yesterday for HKD $80 (~ USD10).  The tank base will be about 7" x 3". I've built a … Read more
Big thanks to fritz. I had a robot that was a bit autistic for awhile but I've learned so much I'm about ready to advance to a larger project. I can't thanks fritz … Read more

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First Robot Build. Vinny was salvaged from an RC car truck that I bought from the Goodwill for $1.99. Read more

Robot Class

I am in the process of submitting a course proposal for an adult evening education program that would introduce people to robotics. One of the entries that I must fill in deals with expected material costs. I would appreciate feedback on what would be appropiate expenses and whether the school should include the costs as part of the registration or if the student should buy the components as needed. I am in favor of having an option not to build.

On a similar note, would it be better to first offer a course in "C" programming geared to a possible robotics controller board?

Extra Hardware Needed for Larger Hexapod

About a month ago I purchased hexapod kit off ebay.

Aluminium-Hexapod-Spider-Six-3DOF-Legs-Robot-Frame-Kit-for-Arduino

Yesterday as a break from program my Mini Hexapod, I started putting together this larger one.

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