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Automatic Infrared Light Source Tracking HD Camcorder
In this project, an HD camcorder sits on a pan/tilt mount controlled by a Micro Maestro 6-Channel USB Servo Controller. A Wiimote is used to track an IR light source. Here is a video taken from the mounted camcorder:
Featured link: http://helifreak.com/showthread.php?p=1868143#post1868143
Using the Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch
This instructable shows how to power an Arduino through the Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch and use the self-shutoff feature.
Featured link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-the-Pololu-Pushbutton-Power-Switch/
Maestro Support for RoboRealm
This module for RoboRealm provides an interface to the Pololu Maestro USB servo controllers, linking advanced video processing to RC servo motion control.
Featured link: http://www.roborealm.com/help/Pololu_Maestro.php
R2D2 dome position control
This replica of the famous Star Wars droid R2D2, built by Glenn Pipe, uses a Jrk USB motor controller for position control. The video below shows how Glenn uses the Jrk Configuration Utility to control and analyze his system, and his blog post has more information.
Featured link: http://astromech.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/adding-position-control-to-r2s-dome/
Paparazzi Autopilot for Linux
Patrick Hickey and Bradley Lord use a Pololu Micro Maestro for servo output and a Pololu 4 servo multiplexer to support manual control override in their model aircraft autopilot project.
Featured link: http://moreproductive.org/autopilot/
Active Magnetic Bearing: Tripod Floater v2.0
In this video, Meindert Norg from Norg Consulting demonstrates his active magnetic bearing, Tripod Floater. The closed-loop system uses three Pololu 18v15 high-power motor drivers as PWM amplifiers to power the magnetic coils that keep the module floating beneath the metal plate.
February, 2010 update: the Tripod Floater is now wireless:
Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-f_H68Rl4g
The Haunted Organist by Mark Goodson
Customer Mark Goodson constructed this spooky animatronic skeleton using the Jrk USB Motor Controller. See the final result below:
Featured link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiimQNGnNBY
Beacon Locating Robot - Powered by Arduino and IR Transceiver
This beacon-chasing robot by Christopher Hazlett was built with our IR Beacon, an RP5 Tracked Chassis, and an Arduino.
23 Oct 2018 edit: You can find a video of it driving here and a GitHub page here.
Arduino Muscle Car
This DIY article for Popular Science shows how to use our Orangutan LV-168 robot controller to make an autonomous, obstacle-avoiding 1:32-scale Hummer. The Arduino sketch used to control the car makes use of our Arduino Orangutan libraries and is available for download on the second page of the article.
Featured link: http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2008-07/arduino-muscle-car
Rich’s Melty B Antweight Combat Robots
Spinning antweight combat robots by Rich Olson / SpamButcher, using the Pololu Baby Orangutan robot controller and VNH3SP30 Motor Driver Carrier. These award-winning designs spin their entire body around at high speed while slightly varying the motor speeds to translate around the playing field.
Featured link: http://www.spambutcher.com/meltyb.html