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Hacking the HexBug(tm) Spider with the EMGRobotics MSP430G2553RCB for Line Following

 

This low-cost hack ($44.30 including the cost of the Hexbug spider) converts the remote control toy into a C programmable autonomous robot with a IR range sensor "eye" and a TI MSP430G2231 16bit brain.  After this hack the robot will be able to turn left or right and walk…

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Added by eric gregori on February 14, 2012 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Hacked HexBug(tm) Spider Superbowl - Red Giants Vs Blue Patriots

Each robot has been modified with the EMGRobotics MSP430G2553RCB available from (www.buildsmartrobots.com).



Instructions for hacking the HexBug Spider can be found…

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Added by eric gregori on February 5, 2012 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Using the EMGRobotics MSP430G2553 Robot Controller Board (RCB) with the Lynxmotion Brat Jr biped

If you have not had the pleasure of building a kit from Lynxmotion yet, you are missing out on a great experience in robotics.  Lynxmotion ( www.lynxmotion.com ) all kinds of quality robot kits.  Pictured above is the least expensive RC…

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Added by eric gregori on February 1, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

EMGRobotics Low-Cost MSP430G2553 Robot Controller Board with Dual DC Motor Driver and IR Range Sensor

EMGRobotics MSP430G2553 Robot Controller Board

$15.00 Without CPU (Board is stuffed with socket only)…

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Added by eric gregori on January 12, 2012 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Hi

Just joined the group.  I purchased a Freescale FSLBOT kit and am planning on assembling and running it.  I am interested in the Freescale development platform.

I am currently a Professor in IT at a local university (in NH) where I created a robotics program.  I also present an undergrad course on robotics as well as preparing an advanced grad course for more detailed research.

I am also doing some work in the AI area, exploring the advantages of using a humanoid robot in…

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Added by Don Norris on January 9, 2012 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

Hacking the Hexbug(TM) Spider with the EMGRobotics Spider Hack Kit and the TI Launchpad

This low-cost hack ($44.30 including the cost of the Hexbug spider) converts the remote control toy into a C programmable autonomous robot with a IR range sensor "eye" and a TI MSP430G2231 16bit brain.  After this hack the robot will be able to turn left or right and walk…

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Added by eric gregori on January 2, 2012 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

The EMGRobotics Low-Cost Robot Controller

 EMGRobotics Low-Cost Robot Controller ($10.00)…

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Added by eric gregori on January 2, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

LEGO MindStorms FlexPicker V1

This is the FlexPicker V1:

It sorts different colored blocks, and is controlled by 2 LEGO MindStorms NXTs and 2 LEGO MindStorms RCXs.

If you're wondering how big it is, that's a 6x2.5-foot table it's on.

I will now go through the major parts of the…

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Added by NeXT-Generation on December 14, 2011 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Which Robot Looks More Like a Prison Guard?

If you guessed the one on the left, you were right.  I would have thought the T1 on the right would be a more effective prison guard.  i know I would not even consider messing with it.  the robot on the left starts patrolling Pohang prison in South Korea next month.  Maybe the robot on the left is more likely to be patrolling the…

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Added by eric gregori on November 27, 2011 at 12:23am — No Comments

Microsoft Announces "New" Desktop Version of the Kinect for Next Year - Time for Another Bounty?

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2011/11/22/kinect-for-windows-building-the-future.aspx

 

It looks like Microsoft has figured out how to lock out Linux Kinect users.  It had to be frustrating for Microsoft that all the best Kinect demos were running on Linux machines.  this Microsoft reply in the comment section sure does imply that the drivers…

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Added by eric gregori on November 24, 2011 at 12:25am — No Comments

Interests - Aduino, BeagleBoard, Computer Vision, AI

I'm a long-time electonics and robotics enthusiast, now retired and living in London.

I'm currently working on an Arduino-based Tracked Robot, as preparation for B4 - a BeagleBoard-based 'bot with which I will be exploring computer vision and AI algorithms.

I blog about TrackBot, B4 and related topics at the RAREblog.

Added by Romilly Cocking on November 19, 2011 at 2:07am — No Comments

Your Kinect Based Project, Could be the Start of Your New Future

Microsoft is offering cash for your ideas.

http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/kinectaccelerator/

 

If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program,…

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Added by eric gregori on November 18, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hacking the OWI535 Robot ARM Using RobotSee, the TI Launchpad, and the EMGRobotics Six Pack Booster

Hacking the OWI535 Robot ARM Using RobotSee, the TI Launchpad,

and the EMGRobotics Six Pack Booster

by Eric Gregori (www.EMGRobotics.com)

 

You can download all the firmware and  RobotSee code used in this article from here:…

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Added by eric gregori on November 17, 2011 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

Rocker-Bogie Suspension – A Challenge worthy of MINDS



Rocker-Bogie Suspension – A Challenge worthy of MINDS-i



The rocker-Bogie suspension is a  suspension used on the mars rovers. It uses six wheels that are independently powered by a motor and the front and rear wheels are able to steer. 



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocker-bogie

 

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Added by Tim Lines on November 16, 2011 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

I had a blast at ASME2011

Last weekend was the ASME Open Source Microcontroller Workshop. 

Coming Saturday Nov. 12: The ASME

Open Source Microcontroller Workshop!

Bringing together Engineers, Educators, Students, Hobbyists and Entrepreneurs -- to learn and share knowledge and…
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Added by eric gregori on November 15, 2011 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

Large Motors and Gearboxes for Robotics

Since I was a kid, I have always looked at things as "robot pieces".  When "normal" people walk into a toy store, they see toys.  When I walk into a toy store, I see "robot pieces".  So, today at the Chibots meeting when Stuart was showing the Minds-I 6x6, I did not see a 6 wheeled vehicle, I saw "robot pieces".

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Added by eric gregori on November 14, 2011 at 12:31pm — 4 Comments

EMGRobotics’s Six Pack - Control up to Six Low Voltage DC motors with your TI Launchpad

Six Pack,

is a “BoosterPack” for the TI Launchpad (http://e2e.ti.com/group/msp430launchpad/w/default.aspx).

A Boosterpack is a board that plugs into the TI Launchpad.  The TI Launchpad is a $4.30 development board for the TI MSP430G series of 16bit microcontrollers.…
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Added by eric gregori on November 13, 2011 at 3:22am — 2 Comments

Computer Vision + Android = Really Cool Auto App

I love the internet.  Tonight, I was searching for something completely different and up popped a Youtube video for this incredibly cool Android app.

http://www.ionroad.com/

 

Experience dynamic augmented reality driving and real-time collision…
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Added by eric gregori on November 8, 2011 at 11:28pm — 2 Comments

iRobot Create Linux Drive Application



The following is a simple Linux application I put together to control a iRobot Create from the Linux command line.  Super simple, and easy to modify to your needs.

 

The code supports piping commands from a control app to this one.  I write my Linux robot applications as a series of commands that I pipe together.

 

Example:  sudo ./glview | iRobotCreateDrive

 

glview is a app I wrote that interfaces to the Kinect and guides the Create based on…

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Added by eric gregori on November 8, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments

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