Pololu Blog (Page 19)

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.

More fun machines for us, better quality and lower prices for you

Posted by Jan on 19 November 2012
More fun machines for us, better quality and lower prices for you

As we head into what is traditionally a week of heavy discounting, I want to give a little update about some new equipment that will be a foundation for our long-term commitment both to lowering prices and increasing the quality and sophistication of our products. Plus, I figure these kinds of machines are fun for our customers to look at. Continued…

Coke Can Robot

Posted by Paul on 8 November 2012

This autonomous robot can also be controlled by an old remote control to choose different actions. It uses our compact Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Regulator S8V3A.

Solar Tracker

Posted by Paul on 1 November 2012

This solar tracking robot uses RC servos, light sensors, and a Mini Maestro to find the sun and point a solar panel directly at it.

Wixel-controlled robot

Posted by Paul on 31 October 2012
Wixel-controlled robot

This robot uses a Wixel as the controller and is driven by stepper motors. Its source code is available in a forum post.

Rover 5 chassis with Wild Thumper wheels

Posted by Paul on 31 October 2012

This Arduino-controlled robot commands the Rover 5 chassis and uses a LSM303DLH 3D Compass and Accelerometer Carrier with Voltage Regulators to determine which direction to go. The caterpillar treads were replaced with the Wild Thumper wheels.

Twitch - 3-servo, Wixel-controlled hexapod

Posted by Paul on 29 October 2012
Twitch - 3-servo, Wixel-controlled hexapod

This 3-servo hexapod has a Wixel for its brains and is controlled remotely by an Arbotix Commander modified to use a Wixel.

Modified Gaucho Superpower

Posted by Paul on 10 October 2012
Modified Gaucho Superpower

This modified Gaucho Superpower taps directly into the jrk 21v3 that powers the Torxis servo used to steer with remote control. Disclaimer: our products are not recommended for applications where the malfunction of the product could cause injury or damage.

MinIMU-9 v2 connected to 3ds Max in real time

Posted by Ben on 3 October 2012

In this video a MinIMU-9 v2 is connected to an Arduino Uno to interact in real time with 3ds Max. For source code, 3ds Max files, and step-by-step instructions, you can download a 3ds Max MinIMU-9 tutorial (5MB zip).

Remote-controlled balancing robot

Posted by Paul on 3 October 2012

This laser-cut, remote-controlled balancing robot uses a dual VNH5019 motor driver and a pair of Pololu wheels.

Iron Man helmet with motorized faceplate and light up eyes

Posted by Paul on 3 October 2012

A Micro Maestro controls the faceplate on this Iron Man helmet, and the spare channels will eventually be configured to turn the lights on in the eyes.