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Nomad

The Nomad is an outdoor roving robot built on the robot chassis kit from Servo City of the same name. It was initially built as an extension of the review I wrote of the chassis for Servo Magazine (which was published in the March 2015 issue). Check out that article for my experience building the chassis and my initial impressions. Here I will discuss more about the technology on board and plans for Nomad.

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Zumo by Pololu

From pololu.com: “The Pololu Zumo robot is an Arduino-controllable tracked robot platform that is less than 10 cm × 10 cm—small enough to qualify for Mini Sumo. It includes two micro metal gearmotors coupled to a pair of silicone tracks, a stainless steel bulldozer-style blade, an array of six infrared reflectance sensors for line following or edge detection, a buzzer for simple sounds and music, a 3-axis accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyro for detecting impacts and tracking orientation.”

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m3pi by Pololu

From pololu.com: “The Pololu m3pi robot consists of a 3pi robot base with a fully assembled m3pi expansion board as its second level. This expansion board enables the use of a powerful 32-bit mbed development board as the robot’s high-level controller, which offers significantly more processing power and free I/O lines than the 3pi’s built-in 8-bit AVR microcontroller. There are also sockets for Wixel and XBee wireless serial modules as well as prototyping space for additional sensors and electronics.”

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Beginning Robotics with Arduino Part 1

Introduction

Arduino overview

Arduino is a simple Atmel microprocessor with an easy to use electronic and programming interface. An Arduino board includes the Atmel processor and combines it with a USB serial converter, 5 volt voltage regulator, and breakouts for the all of the pins. There’s more to it, but that’s the important take away here.

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IRVing: A Group Robotics Project

Introducing IRVing, the Industrial Robotic Vacuum. IRVing is going to be the first group project for the Robot Group. Sometime in mid to late march I will be announcing the first build day for IRVing. So, what is the idea behind IRVing? The answer after the jump.

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