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.
This nice-looking autonomous robot uses a Dagu Rover 5 Tracked Chassis. The Veter Robot was designed to be used as a robotics research platform. The creators list many advantages of their platform:
In the hardware area we provide:
- Longer autonomous operation time with easy replaceable battery.
- Significantly higher processing power with onboard ARM CPU and advanced TI DSP.
- Easy customizable 3D-printed body for integration of additional sensors and actuators.
- Simple electronic built out of standard high level components.
- Wide range of out-of-the-box sensors.
In the software area we provide:
- Advanced communication infrastructure for cloud robotics.
- Support for multiple programming languages.
- Adaptive video streaming for remote operation over the Internet.
- Set of examples for education scenarios.
By embracing open software and hardware paradigm we and our customers have access to vibrant and large community of developers and designers. By shifting complexity to the software and simplifying hardware we were able to reduce price to very competitive level.
For technical details, demo videos, and purchasing information, see the project web site.
Featured link: http://veterobot.com/
This rover by Saulius Lukse contains a Pololu Qik 2s12v10 dual serial motor controller and Dagu Wild Thumper wheels. It uses a Carambola wireless Linux module as its controller and can be controlled from an Android phone or tablet.
Featured link: http://lukse.lt/uzrasai/2013-01-carambola-powered-robot-v2/
This robot has a 3d-printed chassis and uses Pololu micro metal gearmotors and a Pololu Qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller. BoboBOT can compete in Mini Sumo competitions, and under remote control, it can be used to solve Sokoban-style puzzles:
Featured link: http://madebyfrutos.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/bobobot/
Here are some videos of Daryl:
Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=30049#p30049
BentoBot is a robot designed to compete in a Mini Sumo competition. It uses a Zumo chassis, 100:1 micro gear motors, and a TB6612FNG motor controller. Here is a video of BentoBot competing at the 2012 Atlanta Hobby Robotics Club Robot Rally:
See this forum post for more pictures and information about BentoBot.
Featured link: http://forum.pololu.com/viewtopic.php?p=29649#p29616
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…
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/