Pololu Blog (Page 31)

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.

Digital Capabilities: a digital garden

Posted by Paul on 6 June 2013
Digital Capabilities: a digital garden

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

Freedom track robot

Posted by Paul on 31 May 2013
Freedom track robot

This robot uses the Track Link and Pin, Injection-Molded Sprocket Set, Tamiya 70097 Gearbox Kit, QTR-8RC Reflectance Sensor Array, and VNH5019 Motor Driver Shield.

Featured link: http://mcuoneclipse.com/2013/05/12/freedom-track-robot-with-ieee802-15-4/

Missing by The xx – Spatializing Sound with Sonos

Posted by Ryan on 28 May 2013
Missing by The xx – Spatializing Sound with Sonos

“Missing” features fifty robotic speakers that rotate to face the listeners. Each speaker uses an A4988 Stepper Motor Driver Carrier.

Featured link: http://www.creativeapplications.net/sound/missing-by-the-xx-spatializing-sound-with-sonos/

Wireless Fenrir

Posted by Ryan on 23 May 2013
Wireless Fenrir

Fenrir, a 12-foot-tall metal fire-breathing wolf sculpture by Sheet Metal Alchemist, now has a Wixel-based wireless controller.

Featured link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z78yYVYq6mY

Pocket-sized USB charger adapter

Posted by Paul on 22 May 2013
Pocket-sized USB charger adapter

This Instructable shows how to make a professional-looking power adapter for charging USB devices using a Pololu Adjustable Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Regulator S7V8A.

Featured link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Sized-POLOLU-5V-Output-as-POWERTUBEs-acces/

Barobo Linkbot

Posted by Ryan on 22 May 2013
Barobo Linkbot

Check out this kickstarter: the Linkbot modular robot by Barobo uses Pololu motors.

Featured link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/barobo/linkbot-create-with-robots

VertiBOT

Posted by Ryan on 13 May 2013
VertiBOT

VertiBot is a neatly-constructed balancing robot. Pololu metal gearmotors, wheels, and a Qik dual serial motor controller were used for this project.

Featured link: http://madebyfrutos.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/vertibot/

Tiny Bot

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013
Tiny Bot

Tiny Bot, by Erik Kringen, is an autonomous obstacle-avoiding robot tank that uses a Pololu track set.

Featured link: http://www.mycontraption.com/introducing-tiny-bot/

PiBBOT

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013

This balancing robot by Mark Williams is controlled by a Raspberry Pi. The project web page explains the balance control algorithm. PiBBOT uses a Pololu MinIMU-9 v2, metal gearmotors with encoders, and Pololu wheels.

Featured link: http://marks-space.com/2013/04/18/success-with-a-balancing-robot-using-a-raspberry-pi/

Rice University's r-one research robot

Posted by Ryan on 3 May 2013
Rice University's r-one research robot

This r-one research robot was designed to be low cost, so that researchers in the Multi-Robot Systems Lab at Rice University could make a swarm of robots. It uses our brackets, wheels and ball casters, and motors.

Featured link: http://mrsl.rice.edu/projects/r-one

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