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It tells you the number of people who entered/left your room based on IR
  I'm using an IR LED an IR sensor and an 8 digits screen to show the number of people. When you go throughlaser the sensor sends a 1 signal to the screen.  this … Read more
Provides Rover 5 chassis with motor drivers, power supply and IR sensors
Introduction: The Explorer PCB was designed specifically for the 2 motor / 2 encoder version of the Rover 5 chassis. The Explorer provides all the basic features … Read more
My grandchildren are visiting for a month, as they always do during the summer, and when they arrived the youngest told me that he wanted to build a robot. How … Read more
My daughter and I created our first robot using the BeagleBone Black as the controller. My blog posts below document how we built it: I just got my Beaglebone … Read more
simulation
Angle bars are frequently used for strengthening purposes. Shown here are two ways that may be used on the angle bars: Method 1) Weld one of the flanges onto the … Read more
What do you do when your 6 year old is excited to share his idea : "Let's build a robot!" Well obviously you start building a robot with your son! At least … Read more
High speed omni directional robot ideal for soccer bots
Using a
Now with video, Scamper appears to be a little wobbly at slow speeds but that is because at only 6%, the motors are constantly stalling and restarting. Once the … Read more
Back in January, I found some video kind of like this of the Silbot dancing a Tango and posted a blog about it (from which the video appears to have dropped off.) … Read more
Goes 20.2 mph, reduces life expectancy
Most of the electric skateboards for sale today are big, heavy, and ugly.  The company promising to change that, Boosted Boards, is charging nearly two grand for a … Read more
Gets your robot up and running through a Python App
UPDATE : 7/14/2014 : 1) Controlling a robot via a Python GUI added 2) Video demonstrating GUI control added. Read more
This is my first robot. I have used an MPU6050 IMU, Arduino UNO, and an Arduino Motor Shield. The motors I have used are cheap ones, that is why a small … Read more
Navigate around via Ultrasound Sensors
I call this robot Explorer :) This can decide its own path using SRF05 ultra sound sensor. Its primary path is going forward, but if it finds obstacle within 20cm … Read more
Back in 2011, I upgraded a standard Parallax BOE-Bot with my RoboProp propeller based robot controller.. I wrote a two part article for Servo magazine about the … Read more
Hi this has been stored on my parents rooftop for 7 years and they wanted all my things gone now so thought I would take some pics of it and share, I might make it … Read more
7/12/14 Update: New video showing his head and remotely controlling via USB Serial (will be updated to run off the phone eventually) Read more

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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
This is a little board I made in anticipation of Mr. Bdk6's toolchain for the LPC1114. BdkdevThis toolchain is amazing.  Really, if you are wanting to break away … Read more