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PsychoRowRow

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012

This group of robots by Brian Patton features a Maestro 24 controlling 22 servos to create a rendition of Row Row Row Your Boat.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF5MCNPWZ5g

LightRobot

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012

The LightRobot is a 3pi Robot that has been modified with RGB LEDs, an RN-41 Bluetooth module, and a sonar range finder that is controlled with voice commands and the accelerometer from an Android phone. The source code for the robot and the Android app are also available on the project’s GitHub page.

Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJi5qhOgbXw

Textspresso text-enabled espresso machine

Posted by Paul on 25 September 2012

This text-enabled espresso machine uses the Zipwhip app to receive a text message for an order of espresso. An A4988 stepper motor driver carrier and servo are then used to rotate the cup up to the nozzles where the espresso is dispensed.

Heatsinking an A4988/A4983 stepper motor driver carrier

Posted by Paul on 21 September 2012

This blog post is a very detailed writeup of some A4988 stepper motor driver heatsinking experiments.

Featured link: http://arduinodabbler.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/heatsinking-a-pololu-a4988-a4983-stepper-driver/

Wixel used with Arbotix Commander V2

Posted by Ryan on 21 September 2012

This post in the Trossen Robotics Community forum shows a pair of Wixels are added to an Arbotix Commander V2 remote control, allowing it to send its signals to a computer. The author gives us a nice compliment:

Not to be a shill, but that was easier to set up than any MCU + Xbee configuration I’ve seen.

Featured link: http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?5558-Pololu-s-Wixel-Arbotix-Commander-V2

Dalek Robot

Posted by Paul on 21 September 2012

This autonomous, obstacle-avoiding robot is controlled by an Arduino and uses two 25D metal gearmotors, which are attached to a dual VNH2SP30 motor driver carrier.

Monitoring power consumption with the ACS715

Posted by Paul on 21 September 2012

This blog post by Steve Spence discusses using an ACS715 Current Sensor Carrier to monitor the current consumption of a ham radio when in emergency communication mode.

Robotic Arm

Posted by Paul on 21 September 2012

This laser-cut robotic arm is controlled by a Mini Maestro servo controller. By Szymon Kobalczyk, April 2012.

Prometheus - a CNC Router Project

Posted by Paul on 21 September 2012

This CNC router features four of our A4988 stepper motor driver carriers. You can find more videos and information in this CNCzone forum post.

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