There are plenty of “how to design a robot” tutorials out there; this is not one of them. Why is this one different? Because the author, GastonLagaffe, doesn’t want to tell you what to do, as he doesn’t want to limit your creativity. 🙂 His personal goals for this robot were for it to be small, autonomous, cheap, easy to solder, easy to program, with plenty of holes, and swarm capable, and although the journey to get from concept to implementation took him 12 months, he learned a lot along the way.
So if you want to make a robot, why not dream big as you read about how Gaston took what started as a small wish and made it a reality, Gaston-style. To see his journey, check out this HelveKit Robot Design Journey on Instructables. You may smile as you see his approach and decide you would have done it differently, but that’s exactly what Gaston would want you to do!
In a Digilent-sponsored senior design competition, Kaitlyn Franz’s team won a second place trophy for their project. The team created a Wi-Fi controlled iPad mount for assisting the sight impaired to find lost items. To accomplish this, the team utilized a chipKIT WF32, which has a Wi-Fi capable PIC32 microcontroller on board.
[RobotEdh] has spent quite some time building himself a chipKIT powered robot. Based on the Baron robot from DFRobot this monster is so packed with features it’s a wonder it doesn’t collapse under its own weight. Camera, IR sensors, encoders, touch sensors, temperature sensor, LCD screen, WiFi and X-Bee communications. So many things, in fact, that there is no way you could get it all working together on an Arduino. Indeed, he had to upgrade from an Uno32 to a MAX32 because he ran out of Flash memory the project was so big!
He has even written a great Java application for controlling it all.
I think this project deserves a big Thumbs Up from us at chipKIT for such an impressive bit of engineering and design!
Can you do it? Yes you can! James at Digilent has put together a post to show how you can run five or more servos on chipKIT uC32 quite easily, as long as you follow some guidelines. The chipKIT Servo library makes the coding easy, so all you may have to worry about is the power consumption. Read on to find out more! 🙂
If you didn’t get a chance to check out last weekend’s Hackathon, held at ASU Polytechnic campus, check out Vageesh’s summary! Using a chipKIT uC32 and capacitive-sensing technology, his team began developing a hand-held object modeler/scanner. Read more about it on his blog!
chipKIT boards have a new option for building IoT applications: the Octoblu platform! In this hackster.io tutorial, Andrew shows you how to get up and running with Octoblu using a chipKIT Uno32 and a chipKIT Motor Shield… oh, and of course, a few other things including omni wheels, to make a cool robot! Give it a gander and “respect” this project 😉
In a previous post, you may have seen Marc’s version of a line-following robot using a chipKIT Uno32 and an Arduino Motor Shield (among other things), but if you haven’t had enough of robots or you’re new to robotics, check out this other line-following robot by Jay from Digilent using a chipKIT DP32! This example is particularly nice because it’s perfect for robotics beginners as it is quite inexpensive to build. The robot chassis is actually made of cardboard (so it doesn’t get much cheaper than that), no motor shield is required either, and instead of buying line sensors, you can make your own.
Are you a student? Do you love contests? Then get ready for the Digilent Design Contest 2015, a hardware design competition with the challenge of developing innovative projects using Digilent products, including chipKIT boards.