DPRG tours Vex’s parent company Innovation First

Today as a member of the DPRG (Dallas personal robotics group) I got to go on a tour of Vex’s parent company Innovation First’s headquarters. Awhile back we helped them with the 2010 World Championship event here in Dallas. They run a pretty impressive shop with their own prototyping machinery including the highest end 3D […]

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Zulebot posted at lynxmotion forum

So I finally got it working far enough that I posted about my robot at lynxmotion’s forum. Take a look here: http://www.lynxmotion.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5929&start=0 Next I need to finish up my new robotics site, ntel.us, and get some custom hardware up and available for others!

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What is a Robot?

With all the arduino crap on the net these days and people going crazy about thinking they have a robot I wanted to clear the air about what a robot is around here. If you have to control it, or tell it what to do 100% of the time, it IS NOT A ROBOT! Simple. […]

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Robot Progress

So lately Ive been working on the robot quite a lot again (might have something to do with getting a Pelican 1550 case for Christmas!) and in the process I have gotten: full picture capability from the c328r module full control of all sensors (other than the 3-axis for now) motor encoders are working and […]

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C328R Camera module…

So I’ve spent the better part of the last 2 days working on coding for the C328R vga serial camera module to get it talking through the weegee over the wireless link. So far it’s not been going well. Suffice to say I made about every mistake you can make when coding a serial device […]

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Finally, first built weegee 1.1

Ive finally got the first weegee 1.1 made. Took a few simple iPhone pics of it for now. Will post more later…

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Chosing a power source and charging method, and other design parameters

So in continuing my new line of robotics hobby work I believe I’ve chosen a power source and charging method etc for the HWBY robot. At first I started looking at http://talkingelectronics.com/projects/SolarCharger/SolarCharger.html which goes into detail about a pretty decent method of charging a battery with solar cells that don’t output at the same voltage […]

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HWBY and the first weegee 1.1 pics

So I finally got the tri-track chassis built and got the weegee 1.1 pcb’s back from the manufacturer. Here are a few pics to show the new board, the size differences, and the platform I’ll be using…

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HWBY Rover (Howby) is now in development

So, with the Weegee 1.1 finally in production, the HWBY or from now on, Howby, rover is underway. Home, Work, and Backyard for those interested… The chassis will be a lynxmotion (www.lynxmotion.com) tri-track platform with GHM-04 motors with the QME-01 encoders added. These should get me a pretty decent rate of speed if required and […]

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Weegee 1.1 Final is done

After working quite a while on the changes (Actually a lot of the wait was to allow Spymongoose to try and get used to Eagle and submit the microsd portion, which he didn’t 😛 ) I have finally finished the revision to include microsd slot using the SPI port, a jumped to enable or diable […]

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