Archive for the ‘Robot’ Category

A garment transporter made with Arduino Robot

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

garment-robot

Last March  RS Components, in collaboration with RobotChallenge, launched the Hack the Arduino Robot competition.

Jacob Glueck submitted a great hack for the Arduino Robot:

“A couple of years ago, I built an Arduino-powered shirt-folding machine which folds clothes. Using the Arduino robot from the RobotChallenge, I will build a device to remove folded clothes from the machine and to stack them. My idea is special because it will involve two Arduinos (the Arduino Uno in the shirt folder, and the Arduino Robot) which will have to communicate, and because it will be very useful. The robot will solve the real life problem of laundry folding by making the task easier and faster and by doing so nicely; the robot will use a custom-designed gripper to transport garments while keeping them perfectly folded.”

On his blog you can look at the pictures of the construction  phase , and below watch the video of the final project:

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Hack the Arduino Robot: the results are impressive! (And you can vote them)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Hackrobot

During the last months we’ve been involved with RS components in launching the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition. It has been a bit of a special competition where people would participate by posting their ideas and a committee of experts would choose which could be the most interesting challenges for the Arduino Robot to perform.

I was part of the committee and I am pleased to say that I am not disappointed. The level of the projects is in general pretty impressive, specially considering the amount of time they had to put into making something innovative. I am really thrilled about getting to know which team will be the one voted as the final winner of the challenge, I have my favorites, but I will not say publicly.

I think everyone should look at the videos just to see that robots can be so much more than whatever it is we conceptualized them for.

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Now it’s time to express your vote too: the likes of the videos on the playlist will be counted until 23rd of March 2014. The project with the most likes wins the community award!

Time to “Hack the Arduino Robot” – second phase

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 

Arduino Robot

RobotChallenge staff updated us with some numbers regarding the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition launched at the end of January and sponsored by RS Components. They received 58 submissions from 20 different countries of the world! 10 projects were then selected by an international Jury composed by David Cuartielles (Arduino), David Tarrant (RS Components, Design Spark), Karim Jafarmadar (INNOC) and Pavel Petrovic (Robotika.sk).

Now it’s time for the second phase. They are going to receive an Arduino Robot each, implement  the project they submitted and  publish the results (including a short video) by the 23rd of February.

The 10 projects selected are the following: (more…)

Time to "Hack the Arduino Robot" – second phase

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

 

Arduino Robot

RobotChallenge staff updated us with some numbers regarding the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition launched at the end of January and sponsored by RS Components. They received 58 submissions from 20 different countries of the world! 10 projects were then selected by an international Jury composed by David Cuartielles (Arduino), David Tarrant (RS Components, Design Spark), Karim Jafarmadar (INNOC) and Pavel Petrovic (Robotika.sk).

Now it’s time for the second phase. They are going to receive an Arduino Robot each, implement  the project they submitted and  publish the results (including a short video) by the 23rd of February.

The 10 projects selected are the following: (more…)

“Hack the Arduino Robot”: join the competition!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

HackTheArduinoRobot

 

RobotChallenge is an international championship for self-made, autonomous, and mobile robots taking place in Vienna (Austria) since 2004. Each year robots compete in different competitions – Robot Sumo, Line Follower, Air Race, Humanoid Sprint, Puck Collect and Freestyle . This year RobotChallenge in cooperation with Arduino and RS Components presents a new open source competition called:  “Hack the Arduino Robot!”.

If you like robot and feel like you could hack the Arduino Robot in a great way, submit a short description of your project idea (up to 120 words) before the 26th of January responding to the following questions:

  • What would you do with an Arduino Robot?
  • What makes your idea special?
  • What real life problem does your robot solve?

An international jury will select the 10 best project ideas based on feasibility, creativity and innovation.

The selected teams will receive a brand new Arduino Robot for free to implement their project ideas and are invited to present their robots at RobotChallenge 2014 on 29th and 30th of March. (more…)

"Hack the Arduino Robot": join the competition!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

HackTheArduinoRobot

 

RobotChallenge is an international championship for self-made, autonomous, and mobile robots taking place in Vienna (Austria) since 2004. Each year robots compete in different competitions – Robot Sumo, Line Follower, Air Race, Humanoid Sprint, Puck Collect and Freestyle . This year RobotChallenge in cooperation with Arduino and RS Components presents a new open source competition called:  “Hack the Arduino Robot!”.

If you like robot and feel like you could hack the Arduino Robot in a great way, submit a short description of your project idea (up to 120 words) before the 26th of January responding to the following questions:

  • What would you do with an Arduino Robot?
  • What makes your idea special?
  • What real life problem does your robot solve?

An international jury will select the 10 best project ideas based on feasibility, creativity and innovation.

The selected teams will receive a brand new Arduino Robot for free to implement their project ideas and are invited to present their robots at RobotChallenge 2014 on 29th and 30th of March. (more…)

Enjoy images and sound on your Arduino Robot – video tutorial

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Arduino Robot

Some days ago RS Components published the 5th and last video in a series of 5 video tutorials about Arduino Robot. After learning how to get started, to remotely control the robot, avoid obstacles and follow lines, you can now learn how to use the TFT screen to deal with images and how to make music and listen to it with the Robot.

In the video below David  and Xun show examples and give your tips on how to navigate through these features: (more…)

Following lines, going to the rescue with Arduino Robot – Video Tutorial

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

ArduinoRobot

 

Once again Xun and David in this fourth video tutorial on the Arduino Robot released by RS Components, are exploring one of the most used techniques in Robotics: following a line, just like factory robots do to get an orientation when they carry objects from one place to another without human intervention.

Watching the video you’ll learn how to create a racing track drawing a black line over a white surface and understand how the different sensors read data that will be used to feed a PD algorithm: (more…)

Avoid obstacles, create strategies with Arduino Robot – video tutorial

Monday, October 28th, 2013

infraredRobot

In this third video released by RS Components, Xun and David are going to show you how to deal with ultrasonic range finders, infrared range finders and a trick using ultrabright white LEDs and LDR sensors and in general how to use different technologies to detect obstacles in the way of the Arduino Robot.

In some way ultrasound and infrared operate in the same way: a signal is sent, it bounces on objects and the received echo is used to estimate the distance. With ultrasound, the speed of sound and the time difference between the sent signal and the received one is used, while infrared is more direct as it gives a stronger or weaker reflection depending on how far the signal travels. The estimation of the distance is done via software.

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Logo and Remote control your Arduino Robot – Video tutorial

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Mbanzi_robot

 

RS Components released the second video focused on the first steps with the Arduino Robot with Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles and Xun Yang:

In this video you will see where to find code examples on the IDE. The robot library comes with two folders named “learn” and “explore” with examples on how to use the software to program the top board – this is the board you will mainly interact with while the motor board runs its original firmware.

One of the first examples of coding on the Arduino Robot is called “LOGO” which is very similar to an early educational programming language that controlled a virtual turtle moving across the screen with simple instructions. This time however, instead of having a small virtual turtle running on a screen, we have a robot that can respond to commands demonstrating a basic example of movement.

“LOGO” invites users to interact with the robot using the keypad to tell the robot whether to move forwards/backwards or to turn left/right. The program can store a series of commands that will then be executed one at a time. (more…)