Let's Make Robots!
This is a hexapod I've been working on for a while. It's a kit from Paul K. The hexapod uses HobyKing HXT900 servos. I was able to get the robot to successfully … Read more

Capturing Data from 7-Segment Display

Something I've wanted to do for a while is to be able to digitize the data from cheap sensors with a 7-segment display.

I decided to give it a try with some USB charge meters.

I purchased four of these meters.

I opened up one of the blue ones and probed the pins to see how the 7-segments were wired.

Frying Up Some Pi

Ugh! Someone I was trying to help with a cheap L298N h-bridge pointed me to this video from TheRaspberryPiGuy.

At 10:41 of the video he plugs the 5V line into his RPi's I/O pin.

Shows the relationship between wheel angle and speed of robot.
When I posted my Omnibot page, I said I'd make a video attempting to make some of the counter intuitive math easier to understand. The attached video is my first … Read more

Waiting for a Pixy and Thinking of Challenge

I don't know how many of you ordered a Pixy from their Kickstarter, but I've seen the camera mentioned several times on LMR.

I was thinking of issuing a challenge to see who comes up with the first Pixy aided robot but I think such a challenge needs to be better defined.

What would be a good challenge? Line following with Pixy as the only sensor?

Propeller QuickStart Boards on Sale at RadioShack

Apparently RadioShack is putting their QuickStart boards on sale for $19.97. The normal price is $35 (possibly more at RS).

I know I'll be checking my local stores for boards (though I don't recall ever seeing a QS locally).

In case you haven't heard, the Propeller is a great microcontoller to use with robotics.

What Causes Multiple Posts?

It sure seems like there are lots of multiple posts on LMR. I think it's happened to me but not very often.

Is it caused by someone hitting the "Submit" button more than once? Or is it just a glitch in the LMR software?

I'll experiment with the multiple button press theory in a reply below.

This is probably my oldest robot. I was waiting to post it until it did something interesting. Right now it can follow preprogrammed paths. In the past I've had it … Read more

Propeller Boards to use in Robots

As many of you are aware, I'm a big fan of the Propeller. I frequently get asked various Propeller related questions in the Shout Box which I'm all too happy to answer. However, I thought it might be a good idea if I made a more permanent record of my Propeller board related suggestions.

Info About Propeller Proto Board USB

Parallax used to sell a USB version of their Propeller Proto Board.

I had a few extra of the USB Propeller Proto Boards which I gave to a couple of LMRians. I wanted to explain some of the quirks these boards have. I thought other LMRian might also find the information useful.