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It would compete in a Mini-Sumo class contest and push opponent out of ring
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 Let me show you my latest bot. He was made using the Mini-Sumo class rules. A complete rundown on the rules can be found HERE. I strayed a bit from them as I use … Read more
Avoiding obstacles via IR sensor mounted on sweeping servo
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Hi, its very fun to make my first post here!   This is my first try with the Arduino. A rover / bot Based on a brand new Traxxas Stampede. All it does is to look … Read more
Lightseeker/photovore
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This is my second functioning robot. All the parts are recycled, so it didn't cost me more than a bit of time. The schematics can be found all over the internet, … Read more
**Update 5.29.10** Alright! I have successfully gone the other way now! (Not like that). Top Video and yes, the lighting sucked. Here's the system: Picaxe 28x2 (in … Read more
Pretty basic following of Frits' awesome 'Start Here' robot.  I bought all the parts from Solarbotics and Robot Shop with a few random things that I forgot from … Read more
I did a brief video tutorial on Diptrace - this is part 2 on Laying out a PCB.  Part 1, covering schematics is here. \ Read more
Cuts 2D and 2.5D shapes controlled by the PC.
Hi all! V2.5 is almost here, I'm still thinking on a nice name for it :) For now a list of changes I have done since V2.1: - upgraded motors to 200 steps/rev bigger … Read more
Obstacle avoidance, solar charging
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This is my first robot which is still a work in progress. My goal is to create a pet robot that charges itself and navigates autonomously. At the time of this … Read more
Same as a real roach - runs around and annoys people
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My first robot - "roachbot". Simple and stupid. Bumps into things, backs up, turns around. Cardboard body, Arduino brain, differential drive wheels, whisker … Read more
I did a brief video tutorial on Diptrace. If you're thinking of designing a circuit board, you might find it useful; Video This is the first part of a … Read more
Hi LMR! Well the time has come, this is my first ... OK not first but first posted bot :D This little dude has been built and rebuilt for 3 times now, it's purpose … Read more
produce chaotic drawings with his pen
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Adding some infos: I use LDR for two purposes: 1) gather random bits in order to affect motor speed (PWM) 2) determine if the robot is stuk. Comparing subsequent … Read more
Use an Arduino GPS Shield to Fix position,altitutude,time,date........
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GPS:- The Complete Guide to Global Positioning Systems. Blogged Here :- Guide to Global Positioning Systems.   Check also:- Fundamentals of a GPS guided vehicle … Read more
avoids obstacles
This is my first robot. It just avoids things based on the data returned by the IR sensor on the front. I wanted this robot to be VERY simple (and it is) so that I … Read more
This is a simple Continuous Rotation Sonar Sensor, handy because it can sense in a complete 360 (excluding behind it, aka robot). I plan to mount two of these, one … 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

Use an Arduino to get to the Moon

So, this whole Maker movement has got you excited, and the rocket you are building in your backyard is nearing completion.  But you haven't decided on a navigation computer yet.  You were thinking of using a laptop, but your daughter needs it for school.  Maybe a Beaglebone Black.  Darn!  Seems they are sold out everywhere.  You look around your lab, but all you can find is an Arduino. At first you pass right over it.  But when you can't find anything else, you start to wonder, "Could it get me to the moon?"