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.
Lunokhod, which means “Moon Walker” in Russian, was built for a space museum in Prague and is a miniature version of the first remote-controlled moon rover. It is uses 8 of our 298:1 Micro Metal Gearmotors and an Arduino Nano and can be remotely controlled by museum visitors.
Featured link: http://beatty-robotics.com/lunokhod
We have released three new step-up regulators that can boost input voltages as low as 0.5 V and have typical efficiencies between 70 and 90%. Unlike most boost regulators, these offer a true shutdown option that turns off power to the load. They also automatically switch to a linear down-regulation mode when the input voltage exceeds the output, making them great for powering electronics projects from 1 – 3 NiMH, NiCd, or alkaline cells or from a single lithium-ion cell.
We’ve lowered the prices on all of our ball casters! Prices have dropped by $1 to $2 across the whole Pololu ball caster line and start as low as $1.99.
This “optionally piloted aircraft” is a Cessna 150 that customer Ryan Olson fitted with an autopilot and remote control system using the Pololu jrk 12v12. It is used for UAV training and development at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave, CA. Ryan’s AUVSI 2012 abstract is available online, and you can see some pictures of the internals below.
This digital garden by the University of Lincoln uses a Raspberry Pi, 20 jrks, and linear actuators to move panels, revealing the plants behind them, in response to tweets. More information is available on the project’s website. The project was awarded a gold medal at London’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWdqyHa6mnI