May 2013 Blog Posts (25)

Behold the Glory of the AVC





The SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (or AVC) is rapidly approaching! This event will take place on June 8th at the Boulder Reservoir and there is still time to register as a spectator. It's free and only takes a minute to register! The AVC is SparkFun's signature event and is a family-friendly day of…

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Added by GarageLab on May 31, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Ardumower - Arduino powered robotic lawnmower designed by students

Young students at the LeCroy Career Technical Center have created an automated lawn mower for a national robotics competition and it does seem good. Made from parts including motorized wheelchair, push mower, Arduino mini-computer and…

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Added by GarageLab on May 31, 2013 at 6:04am — No Comments

Tutorial: How control your Tamiya tank remotely using an Arduino, RF Module, Motor Driver, and Joystick Shield

This tutorial will explain how you can control your robots using an RF module and a Joystick Shield for Arduino.

 

Material List:

2x…

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Added by GarageLab on May 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Zumo plataform controled by "WASD" keyboard buttons

This tutorial will show how to control two DC motors inside the Zumo platform using serial commands. You send the commands using the buttons "WASD" on your keyboard or the number pad keys "8426" to set the direction, and to stop, you push  "P" or "5".

 

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Added by GarageLab on May 30, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Arduino based moody light box

Low resolution doesn’t mean that you cannot make something beautiful and eye catching. Gilad have designed pretty interesting light box, where he used 8×8 RGB matrix to generate foggy animations.

His setup uses Arduino board which drives LED matrix display. To get some interactivity there is a microphone attached.…

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Added by GarageLab on May 29, 2013 at 6:25am — No Comments

Researchers recreated moves of octopus in robots

 

Scientists are studying the cephalopods because they are great swimmers, with a strange swimming technique known as sculling, which uses all eight of their legs. Researchers are working to replicate this movement in robots. A European team working to build a robotic octopus is trying to recreate the movement from the ground up.

They tried a…

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Added by GarageLab on May 28, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

The "B" R/C Car Helicopter Hybrid: QuadCarTer

Don Vitenzo invented a new type of quadcopter that’s sure to stoke the imaginations of kids and perhaps even vehicle makers. It’s called B, and it’s a remote-controlled quadcopter and car in one.

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Added by GarageLab on May 27, 2013 at 5:35am — No Comments

Smartphone Charger Powered by Fire

 

David Johansson created a smartphone charger that can charge up your smartphone or other power hungry gadgets with just fire. Yes, fire is the source of energy for the thermoelectric module called as the peltier element. Using his wits David came up with the…

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Added by GarageLab on May 23, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Scooterputer, the all-in-one scooter computer

This is a amazing project of Arduino-powered scooterputer

Like all awesome projects, this build is the product of a massive case of feature creep. Initially, [Kurt] only wanted a voltage monitor for his battery. With an  Arduino Duemilanove, a voltage…

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Added by GarageLab on May 22, 2013 at 6:08am — No Comments

Airburr Flying Robot Attaches to Walls

Airburr was developed at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, a branch of the European École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. It is designed specifically to traverse cluttered environments, like those in the aftermath of a disaster.

The big news here is that AirBurr now has the ability to fly into a…

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Added by GarageLab on May 21, 2013 at 6:40am — No Comments

Arduino robotic hand under $200

Robotic hand is one of most important parts in robot equipment. This is main manipulator that interacts with outside world. Complex robotic hand may be very expensive part that may be hardly achievable by hobbyist. Anyway you are always free to experiment and find new ways of reducing cost while making it worth using. Aaron Thomen have been experimenting with…

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Added by GarageLab on May 20, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

tim-E: The Alarm Clock with Attitude!

The tim-E is an alarm clock that’s designed to dock your iPhone or iPod Touch into a robotic body. The screen of your iPhone or iPod becomes the face of the robot and it gives you several ways that you can be woken up. The device can wake you to a normal alarm in the form of buzz or using a song from…

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Added by GarageLab on May 17, 2013 at 6:05am — No Comments

Former-cop builds functional humanoid robot from household appliances

Making hand-built robot at home can be a perfect hobby for an engineer, but what do you say when a former police officer builds a humanoid robot that actually has moving limbs and other parts?  Baltimore resident Mark Haywood, an ex-cop has created a robot –…

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Added by GarageLab on May 16, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Make your Thor's Hammer

Rather than being a benign foam hammer, this Mjölnir can summon 80,000 volts of electricity thanks to the inclusion of a Tesla coil.

Do it yourselft, click here.

Added by GarageLab on May 15, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Clean and minimal self-balancing robot

The VertiBOT is a self balancing robot project taken on for the purpose of exploring how the sensors work in conjunction with some PID algorithms.

[Miguel] didn’t roll any extras into the build. But you have to admit that makes it look interesting. There’s almost nothing to it and yet, as you…

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Added by GarageLab on May 14, 2013 at 6:05am — No Comments

RHex Robot Can Jump, Swim and Climb Stairs

Jumping robots must really be in demand I guess. RHex uses six curved leg-scoops to propel the robot into some incredible jumps. This 15-pound machine can even hoist itself up a vertical wall that’s taller than itself. The RHex robot has a simple yet rugged design too. It can be completely submerged in water. And those legs are…

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Added by GarageLab on May 13, 2013 at 6:18am — No Comments

How to harvest electricity directly from plants?

Researchers (Ramaraja Ramasamy,right, and Yogeswaran Umasankar) explore how to harvest electricity directly from plants. The sun provides the most abundant source of energy on the planet. However, only a tiny fraction of the solar radiation on Earth is converted into useful energy.

To help solve this…

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Added by GarageLab on May 10, 2013 at 11:18am — No Comments

GPS GUIDED AUTONOMOUS ROBOT

     An autonomous robot is a self-piloted vehicle that does not require an operator to navigate and accomplish its tasks. Autonomous vehicles are a recently developed subset of robotics and can come in three general forms; air, ground and submarine. My GPS controlled autonomous vehicle is presented which employs a GPS Receiver Module to capture the GPS signal and…

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Added by Thulana Vimukthi on May 9, 2013 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

The Fenn Robot is Cute, Aims to Be Cuddly Too

Ian Danforth has created a soon-to-be-cuddly robot called The Fenn. The robot is based on a character from a fictional story of an alien planet that humans make contact with. It is made especially for kids. When the robot is…

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Added by GarageLab on May 9, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

University of Maryland create a robotic bird so realistic, it's attacked by a HAWK!

 The University of Maryland Professors S. K. Gupta and Hugh Bruck and their students have developed and demonstrated a new robotic bird, "Robo Raven," whose wings flap completely independently of each other, and also can be programmed to perform any desired motion, enabling the bird to perform aerobatic maneuvers. This is the first time a robotic bird…

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Added by GarageLab on May 8, 2013 at 6:26am — No Comments

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