Pololu Blog (Page 24)

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.

Veter Robot

Posted by Paul on 25 January 2013
Veter Robot

This nice-looking autonomous robot uses a Dagu Rover 5 Tracked Chassis. The Veter Robot was designed to be used as a robotics research platform. The creators list many advantages of their platform:

In the hardware area we provide:

  • Longer autonomous operation time with easy replaceable battery.
  • Significantly higher processing power with onboard ARM CPU and advanced TI DSP.
  • Easy customizable 3D-printed body for integration of additional sensors and actuators.
  • Simple electronic built out of standard high level components.
  • Wide range of out-of-the-box sensors.

In the software area we provide:

  • Advanced communication infrastructure for cloud robotics.
  • Support for multiple programming languages.
  • Adaptive video streaming for remote operation over the Internet.
  • Set of examples for education scenarios.

By embracing open software and hardware paradigm we and our customers have access to vibrant and large community of developers and designers. By shifting complexity to the software and simplifying hardware we were able to reduce price to very competitive level.

For technical details, demo videos, and purchasing information, see the project web site.

Featured link: http://veterobot.com/

Carambola Rover

Posted by Paul on 21 January 2013
Carambola Rover

This rover by Saulius Lukse contains a Pololu Qik 2s12v10 dual serial motor controller and Dagu Wild Thumper wheels. It uses a Carambola wireless Linux module as its controller and can be controlled from an Android phone or tablet.

Featured link: http://lukse.lt/uzrasai/2013-01-carambola-powered-robot-v2/

BoboBOT

Posted by Paul on 21 January 2013
BoboBOT

This robot has a 3d-printed chassis and uses Pololu micro metal gearmotors and a Pololu Qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller. BoboBOT can compete in Mini Sumo competitions, and under remote control, it can be used to solve Sokoban-style puzzles:

Featured link: http://madebyfrutos.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/bobobot/

Daryl robot

Posted by Paul on 3 January 2013
Daryl robot

This autonomous robot, “Daryl”, is based on an Arduino Uno and controlled with a touchscreen Java app. Daryl uses a TReX to control its motors and a Micro Maestro to pan a camera/sensor module.

Here are some videos of Daryl:


There is more information on the creator’s blog (in French) and in this forum post.

Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=30049#p30049

BentoBot

Posted by Paul on 20 December 2012
BentoBot

BentoBot is a robot designed to compete in a Mini Sumo competition. It uses a Zumo chassis, 100:1 micro gear motors, and a TB6612FNG motor controller. Here is a video of BentoBot competing at the 2012 Atlanta Hobby Robotics Club Robot Rally:

See this forum post for more pictures and information about BentoBot.

Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=29649#p29616

Meeting with Governor's Office of Economic Development

Posted by Jan on 14 December 2012
Meeting with Governor's Office of Economic Development

I sort of had a meeting with the governor of Nevada this morning. I’m posting some notes about it mostly for others at Pololu, but maybe it will be interesting to other small businesses in Las Vegas. I probably should have been more prepared for the meeting; I still don’t know much about who was there or what exactly happened or what the stakes were, so a lot of my descriptions are kind of vague. Continued…

Bird Buggy

Posted by Paul on 7 December 2012

This robot by Andrew Gray is a mobile platform that a parrot can use for transportation. When the parrot leaves the platform, it uses a vision system to autonomously dock with a base station. Bird Buggy uses Wild Thumper wheels, Pololu 25D mm metal gearmotors, and a Pololu TB6612FNG dual motor driver carrier.

Featured link: https://sites.google.com/site/birdbuggy109/

Robockey

Posted by Paul on 7 December 2012

Robots in the “Robockey” tournament at Penn used Pololu motors, hardware, and wheels to build teams of fully-autonomous hockey-playing robots.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7njq2hFbw14

Raspberry Pi - Real Time Control via Android HTML5

Posted by Paul on 29 November 2012
Raspberry Pi - Real Time Control via Android HTML5

Martin Sant posted some code that does web-based real time control of the Pololu Micro Maestro 6 channel servo controller using a Raspberry Pi and the Tornado web server.

Featured link: http://martinsant.net/?page_id=479

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…