HelveKit Robot: A chipKIT Robot Design

HelveKit Robot

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!

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Cheap Robots chipKIT Line-Following Robot

Cheap Robots chipKIT Line-Following Robot
Simple Line-Following Robot

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.

Enjoy!

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chipKIT Tilter the Self-Balancing Ridable Robot


Imagine the cross between a skateboard and a Segway!

This guy not only imagined it; he built it using a chipKIT Uno32!

Check it out! Get the scoop on how he built this thing on Let’s Make Robots!

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