Pololu Blog (Page 28)

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.

The GardenBot - using computer vision to help out in the garden

Posted by Ryan on 14 March 2012

“The GardenBot” uses a Maestro Servo Controller to help it track an orange bucket. The plan is for it to help its creator’s wife do her gardening by following her around with a large wagon full of supplies. See this forum post for more information.

Trackduino P1213 Arduino shield

Posted by Paul on 2 March 2012
Trackduino P1213 Arduino shield

This custom Arduino by Craig Hollabaugh shield mounts a Pololu dual MC33926 motor driver carrier for easy control with an Arduino. For details, see his project video and build log: page 1, page 2, page 3.

W.A.V.E art performance using Arduino and Maestro Servo Controllers

Posted by Ryan on 2 March 2012

An Arduino Uno and five Mini Maestro 24-Channel USB Servo Controllers are used to control an extensive installation for this art performance.

DIY fully-automatic book scanner

Posted by Ben on 13 February 2012

This do-it-yourself fully-automatic book scanner uses a Maestro servo controller to control the page-turning, and picture-taking servos. It was able to scan 468-page book in about 12 minutes with zero page-turning errors. For more information, see the DIY Book Scanner forum thread.

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Popular Mechanics Build Your First Robot

Posted by Ryan on 3 February 2012
Popular Mechanics Build Your First Robot

Gordon McComb has published a project in Popular Mechanics called Build Your First Robot. The parts that Pololu offers are in this wish list, and more details are available on Gordon’s site.

Display for compass and accelerometer readings

Posted by Ryan on 3 February 2012
Display for compass and accelerometer readings

This forum post shows how to use a Baby Orangutan to read the accelerometer and compass values from an LSM303DLH and display them nicely on a 1.8" TFT LCD display. January 2012.

Controlling the Pololu 3pi Robot using a Joystick

Posted by Ben on 3 February 2012

This project by Pololu forum user Wilfredo shows how to control a 3pi robot by directly connecting two joystick outputs to two of its analog inputs. Here is a schematic of his setup:

Schematic for controlling a Pololu 3pi robot using a joystick.

Pololu round robot chassis kit assembly videos

Posted by Ben on 19 January 2012

This tutorial posted by Lonnie Honeycutt shows how to assemble a Pololu Chassis Completion Kit for RRC01A and a Pololu RRC01A robot chassis. The video playlist above show the assembly in detail.

Disco Dance Floor with Lights

Posted by Ben on 9 January 2012

This disco dance floor with ShiftBrite RGB lights is controlled by a Micro Maestro 6-Channel USB Servo Controller.

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.