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Follow me carrying a 30kg child.
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    2008-05-18 The deal is, this 'bot will (hopefully) follow me around. For me the challenge is to do something bigger than Lego scale.   So far, I have … Read more
  Well, here's a fun one I built out of a bunch of parts stolen from one of my first bots: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/589   Read more
If you have trouble when soldering, attaching wires, whatever, this might be the perfect solution. I'll be building one of these myself in a few weeks so I'll be … Read more
Learn from first principles how to select and program virgin PICs in RISC assembly.
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What's one of those? A Microchip PIC is an example of a microcontroller. Basically, a tiny but very complete computer in a single chip. The PICs have their own … Read more
Update! Aparently there is a huge difference in the glue-sticks. Take that into consideration regarding everything in this post. However, I had some of the "bad … Read more
Moves around avoiding things with the ultrasonic antennea
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This is my first robot, his name is 'bugbot'.    Parts list:   Picaxe 28a started pack Tamiya dual motor gearbox - Jaycar Read more
First of all, let me say I LOVE this site, it's exactly what I've been looking for for quite some time - Keep up the good work!! I've been messing about with … Read more
Crawl around, line crawling
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This is just a strange thing that crawls around using its "arm". My ultimate goal is to add CMUCam3 and get the thing to follow some objects by crawling towards … Read more
This is based off of the "First Robot" tutorial and uses the Arduino Decima board instead of Picaxe; it's also the first robot I've ever built. Read more
well, it's my first manipulator. ist's nothing special, but it's better than everything i did with this metal contruction box i have. it would be great, when there … Read more
roams avoiding objects detected by IR sensors
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This is my first. It's nearly out of the book, but i tweaked the logic a bit for reacting to left, right or both sensors triggering I made this years ago and i just … Read more
It is teleoperated from the surface while it goes under water
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Here is an ROV built for the National Underwater Robotics Challenge. This video clip shows the mission and then shows one of the teams, Carl hayden High School, … Read more
E.I.T. - Earth Invading Tripod v. 1 "...higher than many houses, striding over the young pine trees, and smashing them aside in its career; a walking engine of … Read more

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UPDATE sept 29, video added, one leg moving. I also worked on the looks of my design. Instead of renaming 'bug' to 'bee' (because it looked a bit like that) I … Read more
It's now over 18 months since the first BOB appeared strutting across K120189's worktop and I still haven't made one so I'm going to remedy that.  However, now … Read more
UPDATE 29-SEP 2014 I'm well into programming the robot and enjoying the excitement of getting to grips with the almost finished robot. I thought I'd post an update … Read more
     Well... for a long time I wanted to build a quadruped robot. And... you guys may have seen in some of my videos that I have many dogs at my home (precisely … Read more
Prowlerbot is designed around a BeagleBone Black as the primary behavior control system and several sub controllers to handle hard real-time work. The Beagle's … Read more
Stays there, soaking the sun rays. Buzzes angrily once in a while.
The other guy that came out of my little building session on that weekend. I wanted to make a solar roller but somehow the motors I had were unable to push even … Read more

Mars Rovers and you

Recently, I posted blog comparing the computers used for the Apollo moon missions to an Arduino.  The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was considerably less powerful than an Arduino.  Continuing along that line, I started investigating other computers used for space exploration.  Since the mars rovers are popular among robot builders, and often the source of inspiration and goals, I decided to take a look at those.  The results are rather interesting.