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Build and Drive This Adorable FPV Balance Bot. When you’re getting started in robotics, building a self-balancing bot is a rite of passage. Mine is called EddiePlus. He’s rechargeable, Wi-Fi-enabled, and remote controlled, and he’s an open source project, so anyone can build him in a weekend or two. He can even be navigated completely out of sight, for 1 hour of drive time, via an FPV (first-person view) camera.

I built my first Eddie just for fun and as an excuse to put my Intel Edison Compute Module to good use. A blast from the past: I was 10 years old back in the early 90’s. Now Eddie is back and he’s excited to show off his improvements. Eddie has Windows, iOS, and Python apps you can use to command him via Wi-Fi. Let’s build him! 1. Figure A Notice the arrow that I drew on the motor? Note: Be sure to install the encoders nice and flush with the bottom of the motor. 2. Figure B Now install the motors on the EddiePlus body using the printed motor mounts and M2×14mm hex screws or self-tapping screws. 3.

Figure C Figure D 4. Figure E 5. Build an Off-Road Raspberry Pi Robot: Part 2 | The source for Linux information. In the previous article, I showed how to do the initial build of our Mantis robot, featuring a RoboClaw motor controller board and a Raspberry Pi. Here, I’ll move on to attaching motors, connecting the RoboClaw to your Pi through a USB port, and supplying the RoboClaw with its own power source. The RoboClaw Controller The Roboclaw series of motor controller starts with a model that can control two motors at up to 7 amps each and ranges up to controlling two motors at 160 amps each with many models in between. I’ll be using the 45-amp model, which is available in two versions: one with pin heads for rotary encoders and the other with screw terminals for those connections.

Attaching Motors You might be wondering how the motors on the Mantis will be driven using a motor controller that has two outputs. In the course of this build, I clarified some things with ON Motion Control (ionmc) who make the RoboClaw board. Never leave an electric motor in a stalled state. Pi@pi ~/src/roboclaw $ . Complete Motor guide for Robotics - All. The home of Scrum > Home. Build an Adorable Wobble Bot from Upcycled Cans. 7 Tutorials To Start Working With Kinect and Arduino. Sometimes is hard to find what you need especially when you’re interested to build a robot based on Kinect sensor. In this article, we explore seven best tutorials from where you can learn how to interface the Arduino board with the Kinect 3D sensor in order to control a car, a helicopter, or actuators.

The Microsoft Kinect sensor has an affordable price and this is a critical criterion in the context of DIY robots. More expensive sensors may be used for better data, but up to a point the Kinect does a great job. Using Kinect with Arduino is perhaps the best option to control the robots using gesture or to scan the environment. Fueling a revolution in robotics, the Kinect sensor is not just a simple device used by gamers to interact using the movement of the hands, this is a tool used in robotics for scanning and control. Since 2010 when the Kinect was released, the sensor was used in a wide range of service and industrial applications. Multiplo | Doc Center. Here you can explore the Open Source Parts Library, make your own designs of Multiplo-compatible parts, and join to a growing community of users and developers: Multiplo Design Kit clic here to download Assembly Guides: N8.Octogonal.Assembly.en.20120831 N8.ThreeWheeled.Assembly.en.20120831 StarterKit.Octo.Assembly.en.20121015 N8.Mini.v1.0.20131118 BuildingKit.Gripper.Assembly.en.20120927 Multiplo.N6.ES.20120608 Basic robotic information: robotics_made_easy_20120713 MiniBloq information: Minibloq – Manual de uso básico (español) Minibloq – Manual de uso intermedio – Sensores LDR e IR (español) Minibloq.v0.8.Beta.UserManual.20120125 Tutorials about how to use Multiplo: tutorial_starter_01_20120716 (out of date because now we removed the snap links) tutorial_starter_02_20120716 tutorial_starter_03_20120716 tutorial_starter_04_20120716 tutorial_starter_05_20120716.

Technotrix: HOW TO MAKE A SELF BALANCING ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD (WITH INSTRUCTABLE)? What is it? Twin wheeled skateboard that works like a Segway. Electric skateboards exist already with powered rear wheels. Plan here was to build something like a Segway but in the form of a skateboard. It knows which way is "up" via a combination of gyroscope and and accelerometer sensors, using a complementary (not complimentary) filter which reads and combines data from both 100 times per second.

Steering by a simple rocker switch in hand controller (or a rewired Wii-Nunchuck as in photos if you are more ambitious).Upper photo is original budget version with two lead-acid batteries and solid wheels. Lower photo is 2013 not-so-easy-build version, with pneumatic tyres and Headway LiFePO4 batteries just to see how far I could push this overall concept. What's new? Can I buy one ready built? Useful news 27/4/13:Thomas Feminella has almost managed to get a Unicycle working with Sparkfun DIGITAL 6DOF IMU.

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Triangle Amateur Robotics. Building a robot arm. Introduction This article shows how to build your own robot arm constructed mainly from 2mm aluminium. Although it is possible to buy ready-made robot arm kits they tend to be expensive and quite small; I wanted to see if it was possible to make a good quality 6 DOF (Degrees Of Freedom) arm from aluminium bars and sheets using fairly basic workshop tools (no CNC, no 3D printer and no laser cutters). The mechanical design of the arm is based around 2 universal bracket designs along with a number of smaller brackets. The pivoting parts are made from standard hobby servos and small flanged bearings in order to keep the design as simple as possible. In order to help show the construction of the arm in as much detail as possible each part is covered by a separate section below.

If anything is unclear you are welcome to head over to the forums and ask for more details. Constructing the robot arm Building the servo mount bracket Building the C-bracket Building the L-brackets Building the turntable. Building an Arduino Robot, Part III: Assembling the Robot. Welcome to the third article in the tutorial series in which I'm building a remote controlled Arduino based vehicle robot.

Here is the list of articles I have published: In the previous article I introduced you to the programming side of my Arduino project, and I wrote a number of Arduino sketches that test the different hardware parts of my robot. Today I'm taking a break from programming and instead, I will show you how I built and tested my robot hardware. The manufacturer suggests attaching the battery box to the lower platform, but that would require unscrewing the top platform to change the batteries.

To avoid that hassle, I have attached the box to the top platform. Here is the vehicle kit, fully assembled: The top platform of the vehicle comes with a lot of slots where things can be attached. The board ended up a tiny bit crooked with respect to the platform, but other than that it was pretty solid: I then needed to mount the breadboard in the front of the vehicle. So what did I do? Tetrix Scooter - LabVIEW for Lego MINDSTORMS Projects. By: Katrina Miaoulis and Karl Wendt Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach Introduction In this lesson will learn how to use a single Tetrix kit to build a powered electric scooter that can move you around a room*.

Electric mobility devices are used for everything from helping the elderly get around to making urban transit a snap. *Please note the weight limit for the scooter as configured is 100 lbs. This project is not recommended for use out doors. There are many ways to configure and program Tetrix, which can result in dramatic changes in speed, stability and performance. Check out the Segway Also check out electric scooters Experimentation Questions 1. 4.

For the Teacher: We recommend linking your project's content to the nationally recognized Common Core Standards for literacy in science and math Learning Opportunities In this lab students should have the opportunity to understand the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Key Terms. Actobotics. Actobotics is a robotics building system based around extruded aluminum channels, gears, precision shafts, and ball bearings. Thanks to the two standardized hole patterns, nearly all Actobotics components can be intuitively connected together. The wide range of components makes building complex electromechanical prototypes or finished projects a reality. Products Mounts & Hubs These parts let you support moving components, interface various structural components, and are the basic building blocks to connecting all Actobotics products together. All hubs and mounts use a unique yet universal hole pattern which allows all the various compoennts to connect together in a variety of configurations.

Structural Structural parts will provide you with a strong framework for your project. Gears/Pulleys/Sprockets Transferring power can be tricky, but we have all the gears, pulleys, and sprockets to get the power where you need it. Shafts & Tubing Hardware DC Motors Wheels Servo Accessories Kits Robotics 101. Battles of the Bots: Hands-on STEM is the Newest School Sport!

Part hackathon, part sporting event, and all STEM! Move over football. Robots are turning STEM into the ultimate school sport. Robotics competitions for students aren’t new, but they are going mainstream and growing by leaps and bounds. With institutions, corporations and even Grammy Award-winning music producers like backing these competitions, there’s more opportunity than ever for teachers to get students excited about what will surely be a dominant field in the coming years. If there is any doubt about the popularity of robotics in STEM education, this infographic by KUKA Robotics (@kuka_roboticsus) should silence the naysayers: Calling All Roboticists While the word “robot” may conjure images of futuristic metal minions, robots are already important in manufacturing and education, and they’re increasingly being used for medical and household applications. Who’s going to build the new army of bots? Pumped up crowd at FIRST Robotics Competition.

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FRC. WRO | Ev3. LeJOS. Resources: Physical Computing. Challenges. FLL & NXT. GoGo Board. Awesome Robots. Vex. Forums & Blogs. Purchasing. Bot Bench — Xander. FTC - First Tech Challenge.