Archive for the ‘Robots’ Category

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

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013



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…)

Moti on Kickstarter: spin the dials and the motors follow!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

moti on kickstarted

Moti is a smart motor you can control from an app . It allows to use your fingers directly on the screen to move the motor, adjust speed with sliders and even program motions with simple building blocks. You can attach it to any kind of objects and bring them to life with intuitive and easily understandable steps.

At the same time Moti is advanced enough to satisfy makers and developers who are looking to build complex robots. Each one is programmable with Arduino, has bunch of built-in sensors, daisy-chains, and even has a web-API so you can develop sites and games for your robot. (more…)

Introducing the Arduino TFT LCD screen

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013



In conjunction with the release of the new version of the Arduino IDE and the Arduino Robot, we’re also putting out a TCT LCD screen. The screen was developed in conjunction with Complubot and the library relies on the Adafruit GFX and ST7735 libraries.

The screen lets you do all sorts of fun things, like play games or lose the serial monitor to see the values from sensors.

The Arduino specific library, named TFT, extends the Adafruit libraries to support  more Processing-like methods. You can write text, draw shapes, and show bitmap images on the screen in a way that should be familiar to users of Processing.

The screen works well with all types of Arduinos with a little bit of wiring, and fits perfectly in the Esplora and Robot sockets. In addition to all this other goodness, there’s a SD card slot on the back for storing pictures and other data.

If you want to learn more about the screen and what it’s capable of, check out the TFT library page, getting started guide, and product page.

You can buy the TFT screen from the Arduino store now!

If you have something cool you’ve made with this, let us know!

Introducing New Arduino Column on Make

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Make the future with Arduino

As Ken Denmead, MAKE Editorial Director, announced some hours ago we are also thrilled for the monthly column Massimo’s is going to write for MAKE blog. We’ve been brainstorming on the title and the final choice is “MAKE the Future with Arduino” :

Massimo will share his unique perspective on the Arduino platform, including insight on the development of the boards, new products, and exciting projects for Arduino fans to share and adapt. Indeed, today’s first column is a preview of an exciting new Arduino product that will be unveiled to the world at Maker Faire Bay Area this week—the Arduino Robot.


Enjoy the article  and stay tuned for more news!



DIY $200 Robotic Hand with Arduino Uno

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

robotic hand with arduino

Instructables user aaronthomen posted a couple of videos about his ingenious robotic hand and a controller he designed and built for less than $200.  The first video shows the hand in action and the  second one explains how he made it.





Equipping teens with hands-on approach to robots

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

frank magazu


Hello, I am Frank Magazu. I am 16 years old and go to school in Pasco, Florida. I make robots with the Arduino and got interviewed by my school district. Here is a video of me. Thanks for helping me become proficient at robotics as well as electronics and programing in general.

Thank you Frank! You made our day with your email. Keep up with the great work you and your professor are doing to inspire more people in getting involved in diy robots.


Bleuette, the hexapod robot

Monday, March 18th, 2013

bleuette hexapod robot

Bleuette project is hexapod robot equipped with 6 legs that can be operated without any external guidance.

The french project is fully open hardware (made entirely with  an Ultimaker 3D printer) / opensource and operates on a Arduino Leonardo board with a custom shield developed for it and available on Hugo’s website, the author of the project. It is used mostly to control the 12 servos (+ 2 optional) for the legs, measure voltage and current.

Take a look at the robot’s first steps!


Hugo is also thinking about future developments for Bleuette, like equipping it with a Bluetooth connection, a magnetic sensor to keep an edge when walking and finally a mobile turret with an ultrasonic sensor to detect obstacles in front of it.

Interested in the code? you can find it on Github:

XBee-controlled 4WD wireless robot

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

In his blog, Michael describes a nice 4WD robot he realized by means of an arduino-compatible board, a motor shield and a couple of XBee radios, which have been used to implement a simple and effective remote control.

Actually, the remote is made up of a standard breadboard equipped with a joystick, a couple of buttons (that can turn the robot in a Kitt-like vehicle!) and the XBee radio. One interesting feature of this project is that the remote controller is fairly simple and has been designed to work with just the XBee radio board, instead of requiring an additional MCU.

More details can be found here.

[Via: Project Lab - Nootropic design]

Weird Eye Robot with the Arduino Starter Kit

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

[Robotgrrl] made a nice project with the Arduino Starter Kit: The Eye Robot.

It reacts differently when you ‘pet’ it and ‘poke’ it. Beware when it ruffles its brow! It enjoys singing short jingles. Rumour has it that the light up googely eye can peer into your soul.

source [Robotgrrl]

Mathematica, Arduino and quadricopters at Maker Faire

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

On his blog, Stephen Wolfram, worldwide known as the creator of Mathematica (a widespread computational software) and Wolfram Alpha (a knowledge engine), describes his experience at last NY Maker Faire, where he was supposed to give a public talk.

One of his sons, Christopher (13 years old) suggested him a very cool way to improve his talk, by making it much more dynamic with some practical demos. Indeed, after his father’s talk, he reached the stage and started his personal presentation, which involved the use of both Mathematica and Arduino.


After showing how to graphically and interactively present analog readings from an Arduino board, he moved on to show how to control a quadricopter drone just by indicating the path to follow directly from Mathematica. As if it wasn’t enough for a 13-years old boy, several questions arose from the audience, which allowed him to show also how to directly process real-time video coming from the quadricopter with the computational software.

More information can be found here.

As a final remark, it’s always very nice to see what very young boys can do with the availability of right tools that can help their creativity and their imagination.

[Via: Stephen Wolfram's blog]