Noodle: Open-Source Assistant Controlled by Raspberry Pi

April 24, 2014 by Dragos George Calin | 0 comments

In one day, you may regret that you forgot to take the pills, or you did not read an email at the right time, or you just want to listen your favorite music without power on the tablet or the laptop. In all these cases and for a lot other many tasks exists smart solution: robotic assistants.

Noodle is a special project that can be built at home using cheap components and a 3D printer. It can take a wide variety of shapes, but for a shorter manufacturing time, you can check all these steps and download the files with the program and the 3D model for printing the body.

Noodle: Open-Source Assistant Controlled by Raspberry Pi

Noodle: Open-Source Assistant Controlled by Raspberry Pi


Powered by the fruit named single board computer, the open-source Noodle is a smart robot endowed with thoughts and feelings of a human. The Raspberry Pi computer can be programed to react on the changes from environments or to monitor the physical space.

The Noodle can be programmed to react when someone arrives, or to use the Raspberry Pi abilities to navigate on the Internet and check your home, or running advanced OpenCV applications to detect if someone is in the wrong place.
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12 Reasons to Use Arduino as Embedded System

April 23, 2014 by Dragos George Calin | 0 comments

Why is Arduino so popular? Because the team behind the project demystified it, while the whole world of Arduino revolves around electronic projects where many things were redefined from the days when a computer was the size of a room. The Arduino board is based on a microcontroller, which is a good piece of silicon able to be programmed with a particular task in mind.

There are many ways to instantly become more attractive, but one feature should be a priority to others: the simplicity. The Arduino complies in every detail with simplicity, and this is the biggest reason to become a popular embedded system for students, hobbyists, hackers, or researchers, with a growing community where you can find documentation, tutorials and example, free tools, and a wide range of accessories.

A single board computer such as Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black is based on a processor, which is a versatile embedded system compared with Arduino. The Arduino board is based on AVR microcontroller.
Embedded System (photo source)

Embedded System (photo source)

Do you want to start building a line follower robot, a vacuum cleaner robot, an autonomous quadcopter with GPS features, or do you want to enter in the robotics field? For all of these projects and many more ideas you can use this palm-sized device based on Atmel family microcontrollers.
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Printoo: Giving Life to Everyday Objects

April 19, 2014 by Into Robotics Guest | 0 comments

This is a guest contribution from Antonio Moreira.

We believe that Printed Electronics technologies are key enablers for the visions of Ubiquitous Computing and the Internet of Things. They allow the inclusion of ultra-low cost computing technologies – including powering, sensing, displays and even printed transistors/logic -, to practically any object or surface given its flexible form factor.

Unfortunately, many of these technologies have been kept in R&D labs of universities and companies. That is why Printoo was created, a set of modular boards and printed electronics components, running Arduino software, to give designers, engineers, makers and anyone with an interest in new technologies.

Printoo

Printoo

Printoo brings down the barriers to entry for development of new hardware applications and product concepts. By making these technologies accessible, open and easy to prototype with, more and more collective creativity will be tapped to make the physical world smarter and more enjoyable. Continue Reading →

8+ DIY Arduino Projects for Both Beginners and Advanced Users in Robotics

April 17, 2014 by Dragos George Calin | 0 comments

This is not an article with the ingenious reinvention of everyday robots, this is an article to enjoy your DIY robotic projects by adding more inspiration and more fun even if you’re a beginner or an advanced user with skills for Arduino microcontrollers.

Used in education, research or as a hobby, the robotic components become more and more affordable in the recent years and allow us to experiment a wide range of robots with a minimum price for a lot of ideas.

From simple to advanced applications, the Arduino projects explored in this article cover applications where are included a wide range of sensors including ultrasonic or infrared sensors, wheels or tracks, Android smartphones, or drones able to detect obstacle in the air and with autonomous control.

“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
Marie Curie

Combining you mechanics, electronics and programming skills, there is always something else to combine and build from scratch or based on kits cool Arduino robots without limits and with a lot of fun.

The list with Arduino projects is not complete and will never be. The reason is simple. Used as an inspiration source, all these robots can be upgraded with new features or even used as a base point. Feel free to share with us your project and also to add your project to this list.

Building a Simple Arduino Robot

Building a Simple Arduino Robot

Building a Simple Arduino Robot


There is only one way to start building robots, and in this case you can start with a simple robot able to detect obstacles and change the path using a simple detecting system and the Arduino board. The project is a wheel based robot with an ultrasonic sensor attached in the front and programmed to detect any obstacle that may interfere with the path of the robot. The robot is powered by 6 AA batteries with a supply power between 4.8V and 6V.

All the robotic parts can be purchased from the Funduino UNO Robotics Kit, but you can replace any of these components with custom parts.
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TinkerBots: An alternative to Lego Mindstorms or An Additional System to This

April 15, 2014 by Dragos George Calin | 0 comments

TinkerBots kit is better than anything was designed until now for a new generation of kids that will be prepared to become superior engineers, a preparation that start by playing with robotic toys. I could go further and say that the Kinematics blocks is a toy for both kids and adults, it could be an alternative to Lego Mindstorms or an additional system to this if you already use any of the Mindstorms series.

The modular system allows the users to be creative and build a wide range of robotic toys, and at the same time encourage anyone to learn about electronics and programming. Based on the plug and play method of building, the Berlin started company focused on simplicity to design the kit and the result is a modular system with no wiring and programmable only is the user want.

The kinematic blocks can be connected without cables and built interactive robots with ability to mimic the movement of a snake, a dog, a car, etc.

The red cube is the Power Brain

The red cube is the Power Brain

The kit is engineered with an intuitive construction system and in the blocks were integrated sensors, actuators, and many more components for communication or for autonomous control. With so many mixed fields such as mechanics, electronics and programming, the Kinematic Blocks are a powerful tool for entertainment and as a teaching tool.
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