Sunday, November 19, 2017

Plug & Play

The Mantis Off-Road Chassis

The Mantis will bring rugged flexibility to your next robot project. (Photo credit: ServoCity.)

The latest chassis from ServoCity is designed for off-roading. Called The Mantis, this chassis features a long-travel suspension design that makes it ideal for traversing uneven, rocky terrain. It’s so flexible you can practically squish it flat to the ground! The suspension incorporates 4.62-inch aluminum beams and …

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The EZ-Robot Adventure Bot

Track colors, detect faces and recognize QR codes using the Adventure Bot's on-board camera. (Photo credit: EZ Robot.)

EZ-Robot Inc. has produced a number of exciting kits in the last few years, but they tend to be pricey. If you’re looking for the styling and easy-assembly of an EZ-Robot at a lower price, you might want to consider the Adventure Bot. The company keeps …

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The PcDuino3B Mini Computer

The PcDuino3B can be programmed in a variety of languages, including C, C++, Java and Python. (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

With the pcDuino3B development board you can run a fully-functional operating system, such as Linux and Android. You can also use it as a base for your next robotics project, by adding Arduino shields. But the board comes with a lot of features built-in, including an …

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GoBox Delivers Robot Missions All Year Long

The GoPiGo2 robot is the centerpiece of the GoBox STEM program. (Photo credit: Dexter Industries.)

Dexter Industries latest endeavor is the GoBox: a STEM program for kids based on the Raspberry Pi. The GoBox includes the GoPiGo2, an easier to assemble and more durable version of the GoPiGo. Those who sign up for the year-long version of the GoBox will receive robot parts, detailed instructions …

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Patrol Your Home with a BB-8 from Sphero

When your BB-8 is done rolling around the house, set it in the charger (bottom) for a power boost. (Photo credit: Sphero.)

Now you can own a working replica of BB-8 from Star Wars. Hobbyists have been making their own versions since the movie’s trailer was first released last year. But this will be the first official robot based on the little Astromech. The robot can patrol your …

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Learn to Solder Surface Mount Components

Get all the tools you need to learn how to solder SMT. (Photo credit: Elenco.)

Most of the electronics sold today involve a lot of surface mount components. Soldering such tiny parts can tricky and requires additional tools. Elenco’s Surface Mount Technology Soldering Program will help you perfect your skills. The kit includes a solder station, iron, extra wedge tip and …

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SparkFun 9 Degrees of Freedom IMU Breakout

Sparkfun's LSM9DS1 Breakout Board provides a ton of movement data. (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Measure velocity, acceleration, and heading with one integrated circuit: Sparkfun’s 9 Degrees of Freedom IMU Breakout. The product has a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer. That’s right: nine degrees of freedom in IC! Each sensor has a wide range, too. The accelerometer’s scale can be …

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USB Voltage Meter with OLED Display

Can't figure out what's wrong with your battery charger? Try this USB Voltage Meter with OLED display. (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

Is your voltage is too low? Is your current draw is too high? Find out with the USB In-Line Voltage Meter with OLED Display. Just plug it in between, say, your ethernet cable and your Arudino, and the OLED screen with information about the current, voltage, …

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Robi the Subscription-based Robot

This little two-pound robot is sent in pieces, over an 18-month period. It's up to you to put him together. (Photo credit: De Agostini Publishing USA.)

A Professor from the University of Tokyo is selling robots, piece by piece, to those willing to pay for an subscription. For $89.99 per month (plus shipping and handling), subscribers get parts and a full color manual explaining how to build each part of the bot. …

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SparkFun Snappable Protoboard

Each row and column of this prototyping board is scored so that it can be easily sized down. (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Not all projects need the same size protoboard. Customize your next robot with Sparkfun’s Snappable Protoboard. The board has been intentionally scored between each column and row of holes, so that it’s easy to snap in to pieces by bending it along the edge of a …

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Light Up Flower Craft for Kids

A beautiful bouquet of E-felt flowers will shine for about a month before the battery will need to be changed. (Photo credit: Soldering Sunday)

Looking for a fun, easy way to explore STEM basics with young children? Check out the E-Flower Kit from Soldering Sunday. Children as young as 8 have completed this craft in a half an hour, while learning about LEDs, batteries, and circuits. (Note that this kit …

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A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller LV with Raspberry Pi Bridge

This programmable module combines with a Raspberry Pi to serve as the control center of a robot or electronics project. (Photo credit: Pololu Robotics and Electronics)

This A-Star can be used as a Raspberry Pi HAT (for Model B+, Model A+, and Pi 2 Model B Pi boards) or as a standalone controller for a very simple robot. Built around an ATmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with built-in USB functionality,  the board includes dual …

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Creating Smooth Motion with V-Rollers

Use these V-Rollers to create smooth motion along a channel. (Photo credit: ServoCity.com)

Put your project in motion with V-Rollers. These carefully crafted parts allow you to smoothly move a tube through an Actobotics channel. The V-Rollers come in three varieties: aluminum screw-set, Delrin with bearings, and the press-fit Delrin. The contoured shape of the V-rollers allows them to …

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