Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Plug & Play

Pololu Dual MC33926 Motor Driver for Raspberry Pi

The GPIO pin mappings on this add-on board can be customized. (Photo credit: Pololu.)

Adding a pair of brushed DC motors to a Raspberry Pi B+, A+, or Pi 2 is easy with this add-on board from Pololu. The board comes fully assembled, so all you need to do is connect it to a Pi as a HAT (Hardware Attached …

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A Tracked Metal Chassis for Tough Terrain

The All Metal Robot Tracks Development Platform is designed to work with an Arduino. (Photo credit: SainSmart.)

Interested in building a tracked robot that can handle tough terrian? Check out Sain Smart’s all metal tracked chassis. Weighing in at 768 grams, this chassis can carry up to 8Kg. The small but sturdy chassis measures 200 mm x 150 mm x 90 mm. The …

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Turn Your Spark into a Robot with the PhoBot

Use the PhoBot to turn your Spark into a robot. (Photo credit: Adafruit.)

Turning your Spark into a robot is much easier with PhoBot. Made by Simon Monk, the board acts as a motorshield for the Spark Core or Particle Photon. Using a TB6612 dual H-bridge, the PhoBot can control one stepper motor or two brushed DC motors with …

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ZX Distance and Gesture Sensor

Detect simple gestures and find the ZX coordinates of objects in your robot's path! (Photo credit: Sparkfun)

This little infrared emitter and detector combo can be used a few different ways, when hooked up to an Arduino. Each of the IR emitters are housed in copper tubes, so the detector (located in the center of the board), should only pick up infrared light …

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Advanced Bristlebot Kit

Science Buddies’ Advanced Bristlebot Kit is great for kids who want to learn about breadboarding. Users can build the adorable bot in one of two ways: as a light seeking robot, or a solar powered robot. Then they can take it apart and build the other …

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Infrared Remote Kit

Let your robots communicate with each other by adding a little infrared technology. (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Want to make your robot light up from across the room? With Sparkfun’s Infrared Remote Kit you can easily add wireless controls to your next bot. In addition to being able to control your robot remotely, you can also use this kit to allow multiple bots to send signals …

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Solder Reel Stand

Keep your solder station neat and tidy with the Hakko Solder Reel Stand. (Photo credit: Pololu Corp.)

If you’re doing a lot of soldering and like to keep things neat and organized, a solder reel stand might be the perfect addition to your workspace. The Hakko 611 Solder Reel Stand can hold up to 1 kg of solder and has a guide wire …

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Create Linear Motion with the 785 Gear Rack Kit

The kit can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Photo credit: ServoCity.)

The 785 Gear Rack Kit uses a Hitect HS-785HB rotational servo to create linear motion.  Just send the correct PWM signal from your servo controller and any attachments will glide down the track. Made of aluminum Actobotics components and Delrin plastic, the kit is durable and …

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New First Tech Challenge Kit Uses Smartphones

This schematic shows how Android phones will work in tandem with the Modern Robotics modules. (Photo credit: Modern Robotics.)

Modern Robotics of Miami, Florida recently unveiled its new Android-powered robot platform. The system is designed for the First Tech Challenge, but can be purchased by anyone interested in building a bot that can be operated via cell phone. Stephen Barker, CEO and co-founder of Modern …

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ServoCity’s New Warden Mobile Robot Base

It's easy to add components to the Warden using its three Actobotics Aluminum channels. (Photo credit: ServoCity.)

ServoCity’s new robot base, The Warden, is a toughie! With 4.3 inch rubber tires running on ball-bearing, planetary gear motors, this bot base is designed for rough terrain. The base also includes a large storage area with two access panels, for easy access to any batteries …

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ProtoPalette Pro Makes Arduino Exploration Easier

The ProtoPalette Pro weighs 4 lbs and measures 15 x 12 x 3 in. (Photo credit: ProtoPalette EdTech, Inc.)

If you’re eager to build an Arduino-based bot and want to make the process a little easier on yourself, the ProtoPalette Pro is perfect. The Pro includes a breadboard, as well as a wide array of switches and sensors on a relatively small footprint, making it …

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Easy to Assemble, Bluetooth Car Kit

Build your own four-wheeled Arduino robot with this easy to build kit. (Photo credit: Nitro Planes.)

Nitro Planes has a well priced, Arduino-compatible robot kit available. Once assembled, the four-wheeled Remote Control Blutetooth Ultrasonic Ranging Smart Car Kit can roll over grass, gravel and sand. It can even climb a sloped surface. The kit includes an ultrasonic module, one infrared receiver, an …

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Print Your Own Two-Layer Circuit Boards with the Voltera V-One

Print your own circuit boards with the Voltera V-One. (Photo credit: Voltera Inc.)

Print prototype circuit boards in minutes with the Voltera V-One. This handy device can print both conductive and insulating ink to a minimum trace width of 8 mil, to create two-layer boards based on your very own Gerber files. The V-One is also great for solder …

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