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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.

Meeting with Governor's Office of Economic Development

Posted by Jan on 14 December 2012
Meeting with Governor's Office of Economic Development

I sort of had a meeting with the governor of Nevada this morning. I’m posting some notes about it mostly for others at Pololu, but maybe it will be interesting to other small businesses in Las Vegas. I probably should have been more prepared for the meeting; I still don’t know much about who was there or what exactly happened or what the stakes were, so a lot of my descriptions are kind of vague. Continued…

Bird Buggy

Posted by Paul on 7 December 2012

This robot by Andrew Gray is a mobile platform that a parrot can use for transportation. When the parrot leaves the platform, it uses a vision system to autonomously dock with a base station. Bird Buggy uses Wild Thumper wheels, Pololu 25D mm metal gearmotors, and a Pololu TB6612FNG dual motor driver carrier.

Featured link: https://sites.google.com/site/birdbuggy109/

Robockey

Posted by Paul on 7 December 2012

Robots in the “Robockey” tournament at Penn used Pololu motors, hardware, and wheels to build teams of fully-autonomous hockey-playing robots.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7njq2hFbw14

Raspberry Pi - Real Time Control via Android HTML5

Posted by Paul on 29 November 2012
Raspberry Pi - Real Time Control via Android HTML5

Martin Sant posted some code that does web-based real time control of the Pololu Micro Maestro 6 channel servo controller using a Raspberry Pi and the Tornado web server.

Featured link: http://martinsant.net/?page_id=479

More fun machines for us, better quality and lower prices for you

Posted by Jan on 19 November 2012
More fun machines for us, better quality and lower prices for you

As we head into what is traditionally a week of heavy discounting, I want to give a little update about some new equipment that will be a foundation for our long-term commitment both to lowering prices and increasing the quality and sophistication of our products. Plus, I figure these kinds of machines are fun for our customers to look at. Continued…

Coke Can Robot

Posted by Paul on 8 November 2012

This autonomous robot can also be controlled by an old remote control to choose different actions. It uses our compact Step-Up/Step-Down Voltage Regulator S8V3A.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgm9DhS7vS4

Solar Tracker

Posted by Paul on 1 November 2012

This solar tracking robot uses RC servos, light sensors, and a Mini Maestro to find the sun and point a solar panel directly at it.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4abMkyPoGcs

Wixel-controlled robot

Posted by Paul on 31 October 2012
Wixel-controlled robot

This robot uses a Wixel as the controller and is driven by stepper motors. Its source code is available in a forum post.

Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=28678#p28678

Rover 5 chassis with Wild Thumper wheels

Posted by Paul on 31 October 2012

This Arduino-controlled robot commands the Rover 5 chassis and uses a LSM303DLH 3D Compass and Accelerometer Carrier with Voltage Regulators to determine which direction to go. The caterpillar treads were replaced with the Wild Thumper wheels.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zqBtQyBF0

Twitch - 3-servo, Wixel-controlled hexapod

Posted by Paul on 29 October 2012
Twitch - 3-servo, Wixel-controlled hexapod

This 3-servo hexapod has a Wixel for its brains and is controlled remotely by an Arbotix Commander modified to use a Wixel.

Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=28482#p28482

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