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Calculates the distance and reports to an LCD
Using a
Hello LMRians, After finishing as runner-ups in the line following section of the Yantra 2.0 Robotics Competition, the organizers provided the team  a Roboduino, … Read more

Cheap yet relative accurate signal sensors

Thanks for visiting the nuthouse!
Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out a relatively cheap, yet accurate, distance-sensative sensor.

So, the end question is, does anyone know of a sensor type that can be mounted on an arm,
that moves from 0 degrees to 180, 6 inches apart, to detect my location by something I'm carrying?

-From what I've read, the standard RFID chips don't usually even cover 5 feet.
-I've tried bluetooth, but the sensor strength fluctuates too much for a clear reading,

This is the fully functional test chassis for my Arduino based sumo robot. It will be competing in March, 2011. For the prototype I am using a piece of plywood to … Read more

Heat Tracking Robot Arm/Head

Ok, I have been wondering if it would be possibly to build a robot head or arm that tracks thermal energy. You know how there are special thermal cameras that show areas of higher temperatures in different colors? I'm guessing those are pretty expensive, so would there be a simpler and cheaper way of building a thermal sensor? I was thinking of PIR sensors, but they can't really sense how hot something is, just if what its looking at is hotter than average.

"Moooo" Rare Swiss Cow Project has begun

Following on from the Laser Experiments i have decided to attach it to some kind of walking Robot.

I am now a avid fan of Theo Jansen -  after rik brought him to light in his Blog.

So far i have Prototyped two pairs of "Theo" legs using "MindStorms" as an experimental base.

It worked better than i could have imagined - these legs go like a Cow on its way to the milking parlour.........

Only problem now is what  medium shall i use to make the final version.....

What distance sensors are better and best?

I am working on a much faster & stronger version of Robot Wall Racers, using quite fast RC-cars

I want to use lasers as distance sensors, but I think they will be a little over budget, altough this is a paid for job :)

Yes, SRF05's clai, they can detect a broomstick on 3 meters.. but in reality they are not stable before say 1.5 meters.

1.5 meters when you are traveling at 25km/h is NOT a lot, when you even are set up with drifting tyres.

  Suitable for ASURO kits and any other kits   Part list: Read more
Make a robot sense stuff in dark or light conditions.. guided by visible light
Update: I am tired of it being named "FritsLDR", I cannot post to people "Try using FritsLDR", it is just too self centered. And I would just love to see some more … Read more
IMHO the best way to have your robot measure distance to objects. Fast and accurate. If you are using Picaxe, you may find this info useful: … Read more