Pololu Blog (Page 30)

Welcome to the Pololu Blog, where we provide updates about what we and our customers are doing and thinking about. This blog used to be Pololu president Jan Malášek’s Engage Your Brain blog; you can view just those posts here.

Dead Things Vlog 3-axis witch head

Posted by Ryan on 9 January 2012

Pat from the Dead Things Vlog recently released this two-part video about programming the Micro Maestro 6-Channel USB Servo Controller to control a 3-axis witch head.

Paper Robots

Posted by Ryan on 6 January 2012

Mike Estee has written up a three-part blog post about crafting hexapod chassis out of paper. The robots are controlled by 18-channel Maestro servo controllers.

Android-controlled Mini Sumo Robot

Posted by Ryan on 6 January 2012

Pololu forum user Mert Öztoprak posted this parts list and the short video above of a Android-controlled mini sumo robot called “Karafatma”.

Remote Controlled Arduino Robot using Wixel Transceivers

Posted by Ryan on 6 January 2012

This Instructable by TECHbitar shows how to build a robot controlled wirelessly via a pair of Wixels.

November 2011 update: new building, new machines

Posted by Jan on 30 November 2011
November 2011 update: new building, new machines

Five months ago, I wrote that we “just finished a big facility expansion that was taking up a lot of my attention this year, so I have some more time now …” Well, that turned out to be wrong. It’s also been over a year since I started this blog, and so far, I am way behind my target of an article per week. It doesn’t help when I don’t post for four months, but some exciting stuff has happened in that time. Continued…

Rocky the Robot

Posted by Ryan on 9 November 2011

Rocky the Robot by Patrick McCabe has a chassis that is entirely contained within the profile of its Pololu Wheels. It also uses our gearmotors, distance sensors and battery holder. Patrick has a detailed writeup on his site.

Carambola Rover Platform

Posted by Ryan on 9 November 2011
Carambola Rover Platform

Lithuanian electronics manufacturer 8 Devices built this example rover platform using several items that we carry, including a Pololu Qik 2s12v10 Dual Serial Motor Controller, as a chassis for their Carambola, an open-source and Linux-friendly embeddable module.

Simple 3pi Projects for the Arduino IDE

Posted by Ben on 8 August 2011
Simple 3pi Projects for the Arduino IDE

These projects by Daniel J. Sullivan are intended to introduce novice users to all the components on the 3pi robot and how they can be used while programming with the Arduino IDE. Each project builds on the one before it, and comments within the programs are used to provide background information when new items are introduced.

Continuous-rotation servos and multi-turn servos

Posted by Jan on 26 July 2011
Continuous-rotation servos and multi-turn servos

As I discussed in the introduction to servos, one of the consequences of hobby servos’ intended use is that rotation range is limited to about 180 degrees. In this post, I will talk about two exceptions to this general rule: continuous-rotation servos and multi-turn servos. Each of these products loses some features in return for increased rotational range, so none of them are the ideal actuators many would like them to be. There are some specialty servos developed for robot applications that get around the limitations, but those servos are not as standardized and do not really fit into the hobby servo category, so I am not going into any more detail on those beyond mentioning that they exist. Continued…

Pololu Micro Serial Servo Controller Netduino driver

Posted by Ben on 12 July 2011

This Netduino driver by customer Stefan Thoolen supports both the MiniSSC2 and the Pololu protocol for controlling a Pololu Micro Serial Servo Controller.