Why not to use two stepper motors to move a camera or your smartphone on a 3D printer-made slider and rotate it as it moves to track an object? Actually, the control behind this robot is pretty simple… Lets create it!
We are currently working (while we finish the control APPs of the blimpduino) in the SCARA robotic arm. The point of posting this on the web is to ask you for comments/ideas and any feedback. As we are still at this developing stage, we have time to re-think some aspects/features of this robot. A powerful, fast and reliable arm is the basic of modern robotics so… we wanted to “create” one but using regular “MAKER´s World” elements like NEMA17 motors, affordable electronics and common ancillary elements (GT2 timing belt, steel rod, aluminium tubes).
We are now moving the blimpduino project to the next stage: PCB manufacturing (mrobotics.io is working on it now. Thanks Jordi!) The electronics has passed all the tests and the Arduino CODE is 70%-ish done. I have to confess that this “robot” development is being quite exciting. The blimpduino 2.0 has been created with the primary goal of being suitable and capable of controlling as many balloons types as possible. No matter its size or shape.[caption id="attachment_5558" align="aligncenter" width="1119"] First version of the blimpduino. And yes… you can control it touching your smartphone´s screen or just using a Bluetooth controller connected to the smartphone.[/caption]
Aaaand the B-robot EVO off-road version is here.
It has been easy to modify the original B-robot EVO adding new Off-road wheels (regular 83 mm diameter RC buggy wheels, quite easy to get and inexpensive). If you already have a B-robot, just modified the parameters indicated below in its code or upload this slightly modified CODE version to the Arduino: BROBOT OFFROAD
We have received some emails asking for this KIT:
A set that includes EVERYTHING. So, during the nights, we have been working hard in the dungeon finding the best possible stepper motors, servos, buttons… and creating and stocking this new KIT.
Take a look at the video and watch how it behaves now!: [kad_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6J0ijMG3jI" width="600" maxwidth="600"]
Well, this is a side project. Using the same B-robot electronic Brain SHIELD and two servos you can remotely control (via Smartphone´s WIFI) a laser pointer and play with it from far away (maximum range up to 50-60 meters). It is portable if you use a small 7-9 volts battery (Lipo/Alkaline/…).
Drive your neighbour´s cat crazy from a distance by placing the robot on the roof!.
More info here!
The StarTRACKER is an equatorial mounting for night sky photography.
To take long-exposure astrophotos of objects that are too faint to be seen, you will need a polar-aligned equatorial mounting that allows you to track the stars during their exposure to compensate the Earth’s rotation.
[columns] [span6][caption id="attachment_1065" align="aligncenter" width="295"] Without the StarTRACKER[/caption]
[/span6][span6][caption id="attachment_1064" align="aligncenter" width="302"] Using the StarTRACKER[/caption]
A challenging robot, perfect to have fun and learn robotics at the same time
An internet controlled robot capable of writing+drawing (and wiping!) on a glass surface.
The iBoardbot is a robot connected to the internet capable of writing texts and drawing with great precision. Also, it can erase in a quick and effective way.
Send to your iBoardbot your information from any part of the world. As it has a multi-user interface you can also play and challenge your kids, use it as a collaborative notice board or as a twitter wall in your shop window. Have fun and enjoy learning how to assemble your iBoardbot!