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Sad story about Chopstick Junior and Campus Party Berlin 2012

Well, let me begin with an introduction of the robot and the event but you need to promise me to read it to the end...or just the end if you don't have time.

Any hardware shop for electronic or robotics near Hampi/India?

Hi you Indian fellows in LMR,

my friend is moving to Hampi/India next week and I am wondering if there is any way to buy robototic/electronic stuff offline in a local hardware shop? What is the closest shop...Goa, Bangalore? I know there is a hackerspace in Goa but still that's not exactly around the corner of Hampi.

Please let me know if you know something or let me know how you guys handle buying that stuff. maybe you could build up a community for shared order to save shipping costs if you are ordering from China or antother country.

 

Easy Robotics opinion question.

While encouraging David C. To learn to program for something other than a robot, I realized I was being kind of a hypocrite. I enjoy building the hardware more than programming. Not that I don't enjoy programming, just that the initial thrill of seeing the the completed machine is kind of an experiential apex. Is that the norm? Is it kind of like that arty/techy thing we had a while ago?

Small Parts Store Canada

Hey guys,

Does anyone know of a good small hardware store that is in Canada/will ship to Canada and not charge an arm and a leg for shipping?

I am trying to find something like this;http://www.smallparts.com/

Sadly this place charges an import fee and shipping that makes buying unreasonable for us Canadians.

Cheers,
Gonzik

A Robot Operating System

We at RobotBASIC are currently working on a RobotBASIC Robot Operating System (RROS).

The full RROS will manage almost any type of sensor allowing hobbyists
without an electronics background to build and program sophisticated
robots.  The RROS will probably be distributed Open-Source to allow
expansion and customization.  We will even allow users to share their
modifications through our web page.  The LIGHT version is requiring
sensitive coding that will not be appropriate for modification, so it will

Heavy Duty Mechanical Components

Hey Guys,

I'm looking to make a semi-functional heavy duty robotic arm.  It's for an art project so it won't need absolute precision, it's more for aesthetics and entertainment.  The arm could potentially be 4-5 feet but it wouldn't need to lift anything except itself or a flashlight.

I have a handle on programming, metal fabrication, and electronics.  

Error-hardware not found?

Hey LMR,

this is probably some silly thing i missed but i kinda need the answer fairly quick so, uuhh...ya

I'm getting close to finishing my start here robot and i need to get the servo to centre position... (I'm using the usb cord and windows vista basic). I downloaded the picaxe programming editor and the drivers for the usb cord and the cord is showing up when i go to options> serial port>com 4. But when i plug in my picaxe 28x1 to the usb and press check firmware this shows up: 

Hardware not found on com 4:

Possible causes:

PIC16C74B-04/P

I found this 40-pin chip in a CPU battery. It is labeled PIC16C74B-04/P. I have the datasheet, but that's not my best language. i just want to know if its possible to use this as the ones used in LMR - if is possible to make a robot with this chip and what would i need to program it. I read something about ICSP(in-circuit serial programming), which I believe is the process used with this chip, but that's as far as I go. Thanks.

Would anyone be interested in an XMOS challenge?

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UPDATE:

The 9.9 version of the XMOS Development Tools is now available: