Monday, May 25, 2020

Plug & Play

The Shapeoko Deluxe Kit

Make your own robot parts out of plastic, hardwood or non-ferrous metals with the Shapeoko. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

Thinking making your own robot parts? With the Shapeoko Deluxe Kit from Sparkfun, you can create 2D and 3D designs out of plastics, hardwoods, and non-ferrous metals. This special SparkFun Edition of the Shapeoko Kit includes everything from the base frame and hardware to the motors and …

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Make Prototyping Easier with the ATmega Feather Basic Proto

The Feather 32u4 Basic Proto board. (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

One of many in Adafruit’s new line of tiny microcontrollers, the ATmega Feather Basic Proto is designed to make protoyping easier. The small prototyping area is perfect for adding a sensor or button. The onboard ATmega32u4 clocks at 8 MHz with 3.3V logic. It features 32K of flash and 2K of RAM, …

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R2D2 Moving Refrigerator

More than a butler, this R2 unit knows how to chill... your beverages. (Photo credit: Aqua).

Finally, someone has combined the coolness of R2D2 with the coolness of… a mobile fridge. This 1:1 scale model of R2D2 won’t just cool your beverages, it will bring them to you! The wheeled bot also includes the same lights and sounds as the R2D2 from the Star …

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Kamigami: An Inexpensive, DIY Robot for Kids

Bring your Kamigami robots together for multi-robot games such as freeze tag, sumo and chase. (Photo credit: Dash Robotics.)

If you’re looking for a great gift for the junior roboticist in your household, check out the Kamigami critters. These bots have bodies made of a highly flexible, plastic-fabric composite material that ensures minimal friction between moving parts — making them very fast. The pieces also easily snap together together …

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Raspberry Pi 2 Starter Kit

Bake your first Pi 2 project with Sparkfun's Starter Kit. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

  This kit from Sparkfun includes everything you need to quickly start building simple projects with a Raspberry Pi 2. In addition to a Pi 2 model B, the kit also includes a SparkFun Pi Wedge. The Wedge connects to the 40-pin GPIO connector on the …

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Drive into the Action with Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

Race against an autonomous vehicle. (Photo credit: WowWee)

WowWee’s new toy is more than a set of remote-control cars. The Robotic Enhanced Vehicles pack includes two vehicles: one that can be controlled remotely and one with a GPS and onboard processors that can detect where the other vehicle is and respond accordingly. Humans can test their driving skills …

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Nao Robot Gets into the Driver’s Seat

Let your Nao go for a spin in his own BMW. (Photo credit: RobotsLab)

The Nao miniature humanoid is impressive on its own. The Wi-Fi enabled bot can detect faces, respond to a lot of spoken phrases, record images, and walk. Now, the little guy can drive his own car! His blue BMW is Arduino-based and includes two independent motors and …

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Actobotics’ Tracked Robot: Agent 390

This tracked chassis can handle 50 lbs loads. (Photo credit: Servocity.)

Actobotics has released a new tracked robot platform. Known as Agent 390, the agile bot features a smooth, ball-bearing supported, drive track system with omni-directional control. Agent 390 also has great traction, despite the smooth contact patches on the tracks. With a rigid, aluminum base, Agent …

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Adafruit’s 16-Channel PWM/Servo HAT for Raspberry Pi

This mini-kit makes it easy to control multiple DC Servos using a Raspberry Pi. (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

Normally, it’s not easy to control DC Servos using a Raspberry Pi, because the motors require well timed pulses in order to work properly. This new 16-Chanel PWM/Servo HAT from Adafruit makes it easy! No need to fut around with the Linux kernel. Just pop on the …

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Actobotics’ DIY Servo Controller

A customizable two-channel servo controller that you can build yourself! (Photo credit: Actobotics)

Learn about electronics while buiding your own control board with the Actobotics Servo Controller kit. Once assembled, the two-channel controller can be plugged in to servos in one of two ways. If the servos are located near the board, users can simply use plug the servos …

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New Lego Mindstorms App Announced

With the new Mindstorms app, builders will be able to create programs for MINDSTORMS robots directly from iOS and Android tablet devices. (Photo credit; The Lego Group)

A new app, called the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programmer App, will let builders create programs for Mindstorms robots directly from iOS and Android tablet devices. Featuring a streamlined selection of the most-used commands, the EV3 Programmer App allows for more interaction away from the desktop or laptop …

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Investigate Light and Sound with Buzz the Pixel Pal

Buzz's adorable LED eyes and speaker are easy to solder and program. (Photo credit: Soldering Sunday.)

Soldering Sunday has launched a new Pixel Pal! Named Buzz, this STEAM project is perfect for those who want to learn how to soldering an program — but don’t have a ton of time. Buzz’s cute factor makes soldering far less intimidating. Even novices can solder …

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BARE Conductive’s Robot Parade

Paint a circuit to make an cool robot picture light up! (Photo credit: BARE Conductive.)

Looking for an engaging STEAM experience for middle schoolers? The BARE Conductive’s Robot Parade comes with everything you for up to 30 students. Each participant will paint their own circuit, using the black, puffy electric paint that made BARE Conductive famous. The activity introduces students to …

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