Pololu Blog (Page 26)

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.

Tiny Bot

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013
Tiny Bot

Tiny Bot, by Erik Kringen, is an autonomous obstacle-avoiding robot tank that uses a Pololu track set.

Featured link: http://www.mycontraption.com/introducing-tiny-bot/

PiBBOT

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013

This balancing robot by Mark Williams is controlled by a Raspberry Pi. The project web page explains the balance control algorithm. PiBBOT uses a Pololu MinIMU-9 v2, metal gearmotors with encoders, and Pololu wheels.

Featured link: http://marks-space.com/2013/04/18/success-with-a-balancing-robot-using-a-raspberry-pi/

Rice University's r-one research robot

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013
Rice University's r-one research robot

This r-one research robot was designed to be low cost, so that researchers in the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University could make a swarm of robots. It uses our brackets, wheels and ball casters, and motors.

Featured link: http://mrsl.rice.edu/projects/r-one

Liquid Lifebar

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013

This gadget uses a Pololu Jrk and a linear actuator to help control the level of water in the tube, which can indicate the life of a video game character.

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

Mars Rover

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013
Mars Rover

The Beatty family built a moving model of a Mars rover for the New York Hall of Science’s exhibit. They used a 12-channel Mini Maestro and step-down voltage regulators.

Featured link: http://beatty-robotics.com/tag/mars-rover

Iron Man suit Micro Maestro tutorial

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013

In this video, Jay May explains how to use the Micro Maestro to control his Iron Man suit.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH4m_UqQ2js

Video tutorial on open- and closed-loop control using the Zumo

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013

In this video, Brian Douglas demonstrates the difference between open-loop and closed-loop control in an uncertain environment using a Zumo Robot.

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

Geeky wedding

Posted by Paul on 3 May 2013
Geeky wedding

This couple wanted an engineering-themed wedding, so they used e-textiles for their attire! The project used some Pololu voltage regulators.

Featured link: http://www.billporter.info/2013/04/22/our-geeky-wedding-electronic-wedding-attire/

RGB shoji lamp

Posted by Ben on 23 April 2013
RGB shoji lamp

This Japanese-style lamp by Pololu engineer Kevin Chang was made from laser-cut parts and uses an RGB LED Satellite Module 001, a ShiftBar, and a Pololu Mini Maestro 12-channel servo controller.

Here is a video of the lamp in action:

Featured link: http://blog.kevinwchang.com/post/48595870556/rgb-shoji-lamp

Raspberry Pi Telepresence Rover

Posted by Ryan on 12 April 2013
Raspberry Pi Telepresence Rover

This tank rover by Michael Shimniok streams video to and can be controlled from a web browser. All rover functions are controlled directly by the Raspberry Pi with no additional microcontrollers. It uses our Pololu 30T Track Set, idler wheels, 150:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor MP, DRV8835 Dual Motor Driver Carrier, and Pololu Step-Down Voltage Regulator D15V35F5S3.

Featured link: http://www.bot-thoughts.com/2013/04/raspberry-pi-telepresence-rover.html