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Ping-pong ball collecting robot makes appearance at RubyConf
We saw this robotic ping-pong ball collector by Will Jessop on the Raspberry Pi blog a few days ago. The robot uses the Pololu 30T Track Set, a Raspberry Pi, and a lot of custom electrical and 3d-printed mechanical parts.
Apparently, Will plans to put his robot into service at the office of his employer, 37signals. This is exciting for us at Pololu because 37signals is the originator and a major sponsor of the Ruby on Rails web framework, on which our website is built. And although we did not attend this year’s RubyConf, we are proud that some of our parts, as shown in the video above, made an appearance.
You can find detailed build information in Will’s ping-pong robot blog posts.
The original inspiration was the tracks, I bought them a year or more ago thinking "those look cool, I'd love to do something with those". It's only recently that I actually managed it!
I'm also using the micro metal gear motors that Pololu sell (three, one each for the wheels, one for the lifter arm).