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New stranded wire: It's back to spool time!

Posted by Ben on 21 August 2013
Tags: new products
New stranded wire: It's back to spool time!

We just added bulk stranded hook-up wire in six gauges (20, 22, 24, 26, 28, and 30 AWG) and six colors to our selection of cables and wire. With all the combinations, that’s 36 new options for wiring up your next project! The convenient mini spools are all filled, so the wire lengths range from 40 to 100 feet (12 to 30 meters), depending on thickness.

New products: Fixed 3.3V and 5V Step-up Voltage Regulators U1V10F3 and U1V10F5

Posted by Ben on 19 August 2013
Tags: new products
New products: Fixed 3.3V and 5V Step-up Voltage Regulators U1V10F3 and U1V10F5

We have released two new step-up regulators that can boost input voltages as low as 0.5 V. Like the very similar U1V11x line of step-up regulators, these modules automatically switch to a linear down-regulator mode when the input voltage exceeds the output, making them great for powering electronics projects from 1 to 3 NiMH, NiCd, or alkaline cells or from a single lithium-ion cell. These modules do not offer the U1V11x shutdown functionality, which allows them to be much smaller (just 0.35″×0.45″) and a little less expensive ($4.49 each).

These regulators are available with a 3.3 V or 5 V fixed output voltage. For other options, you can take a look at our full selection of step-up voltage regulators, step-down voltage regulators, and step-up/step-down regulators.

New products: Encoder motors for 25D mm and 37D mm metal gearmotors, without gearboxes

Posted by Ben on 16 August 2013
Tags: new products

We are now selling the motor and encoder portion of three of our metal gearmotors, without a gearbox. The pinion gear on the output shaft works with the gearboxes on the corresponding products, so these can be used as replacement motors or encoders.

Motor with 48 CPR Encoder for 25D mm Metal Gearmotors (No Gearbox)


HP Motor with 48 CPR Encoder for 25D mm HP Metal Gearmotors (No Gearbox)


Motor with 64 CPR Encoder for 37D mm Metal Gearmotors (No Gearbox)

ARM mbed NXP LPC1768 price reduced by $10

Posted by Ben on 16 August 2013
Tags: pricing
ARM mbed NXP LPC1768 price reduced by $10

You can now buy the ARM mbed NXP LPC1768 Development Board for just $49, a reduction of $10. We also lowered the price of the m3pi Robot + mbed NXP LPC1768 Development Board Combo by $10, to $189.95.

From the product page:

The mbed NXP LPC1768 is an easy-to-use MCU development board designed for rapid prototyping. At its heart is a powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor running at 96 MHz with 512 KB flash and 32 KB RAM, which makes it far more capable than popular 8-bit prototyping alternatives. A comprehensive firmware library and plenty of sample code help you get your program up and running quickly, and a free online IDE and C++ compiler means that no software installation is required. Downloading programs is as simple as using a USB flash drive (no external programmer is necessary).


ARM mbed NXP LPC1768 development board with included USB cable and documentation.
Pololu m3pi robot controlled by an ARM mbed development board.

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:

Freedom Zumo Robot

Posted by Ben on 13 March 2013
Freedom Zumo Robot

This robot uses our Zumo robot kit, 75:1 micro metal gearmotors, and a Zumo reflectance sensor array. Instead of an Arduino it uses a Freescale FRDM-KL25Z as the microcontroller board. Sample code is available for line following and maze solving.

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).

mbed.org m3pi cookbook

Posted by Ben on 21 October 2010
mbed.org m3pi cookbook

This mbed.org cookbook page will help you get started using your m3pi robot with an mbed development board as your high-level robot controller.

AIRbot

Posted by Ben on 21 May 2010
AIRbot

AIRbot is a robot that can be controlled by a cellphone and can send images back to the cellphone. It uses a yellow RP5 tracked chassis, a transparent clear RP5 expansion plate, and a qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller along with the AIRcable S.D.K. and the AIRcable OptiEyes. The source code (both AIRcable and Nokia) and circuit diagrams are freely available.

Automatic Infrared Light Source Tracking HD Camcorder

Posted by Ben on 26 February 2010
Automatic Infrared Light Source Tracking HD Camcorder

In this project, an HD camcorder sits on a pan/tilt mount controlled by a Micro Maestro 6-Channel USB Servo Controller. A Wiimote is used to track an IR light source. Here is a video taken from the mounted camcorder: