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.

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.

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

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.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQU6xxdqR3Y

Wireless programming of a Baby Orangutan

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012
Wireless programming of a Baby Orangutan

From the Pololu Forum: this robot based on a 3pi also contains a Baby Orangutan that is wirelessly programmed using a pair of Wixels.

Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=27590#p27590

HeadlMU tracking

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012

This head tracking project uses a MinIMU-9 v2 and an Arduino to mimic the movement of a person in a computer-generated model.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5f9RDcgois

Self-balancing robot

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012
Self-balancing robot

This self-balancing by Sebastian Nilsson robot uses a 37D metal gearmotor with encoder and a pair of Pololu 90×10mm wheels.

Featured link: http://sebastiannilsson.com/en/k/projekt/selfbalancing-robot/

Pi Trak

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012
Pi Trak

This Raspberry Pi-based robot’s motors are driven with a TB6612FNG motor driver carrier.

Featured link: https://projects.drogon.net/adafruit-protoplate-for-the-rasbperry-pi/

PsychoRowRow

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012

This group of robots by Brian Patton features a Maestro 24 controlling 22 servos to create a rendition of Row Row Row Your Boat.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF5MCNPWZ5g

LightRobot

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012

The LightRobot is a 3pi Robot that has been modified with RGB LEDs, an RN-41 Bluetooth module, and a sonar range finder that is controlled with voice commands and the accelerometer from an Android phone. The source code for the robot and the Android app are also available on the project’s GitHub page.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJi5qhOgbXw

Textspresso text-enabled espresso machine

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012
Textspresso text-enabled espresso machine

This text-enabled espresso machine uses the Zipwhip app to receive a text message for an order of espresso. An A4988 stepper motor driver carrier and servo are then used to rotate the cup up to the nozzles where the espresso is dispensed.

Heatsinking an A4988/A4983 stepper motor driver carrier

Posted by Paul on 21 September 2012
Heatsinking an A4988/A4983 stepper motor driver carrier

This blog post is a very detailed writeup of some A4988 stepper motor driver heatsinking experiments.

Featured link: http://arduinodabbler.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/heatsinking-a-pololu-a4988-a4983-stepper-driver/