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Controlling a Dome Camera with Arduino

Zoom and focus commands using Arduino What is Arduino Arduino is an open-source platform that can be used for creating electronics projects. Arduino is made up of both a physical programmable circuit board (referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that is run on your computer and is used to write and upload computer code to the physical...

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Tech Thursday #039: An Automated Heat Shrink Cutter!

This is not something everyone needs, but it is something that is fun and cool to build. Maybe not the exact same thing, but some variation thereof… This is a heat shrink cutter. It uses a stepper motors to move the heat shrink through the feeder made of 3D printed wheels. The heat shrink is cut with a pair of scissors that are violently actuated via a pneumatic cylinder. The heat shrink fal...

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Tech Thursday #035: A Computer Cart on a Mecanum Chassis – Part 2

We’re picking up where we left off with last week’s Tech Thursday, A Computer Cart on a Mecanum Chassis – Part 1. This week, we will simply be posting the code for the Mecanum Computer Robot and its remote. Here’s the code for the remote: // Name : DeskMec_remote // Author : SuperDroid Robots // Notice : Copyright (c) 2016 SuperDroid Robots // : All Rights Reserved // Ardui...

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Tech Thursday #023: Wireless Robot Control with an xBee

When you want to take your robot wireless but want to take it a step past R/C, an xBee is a prime candidate. The system works over 2.4GHz, similar to WiFi but what it provides is a simple wireless serial bridge. Meaning you can send a packet to the module and it’ll appear at the outputs of all xBees on that network. You don’t have to worry about subnets and IP addresses or any other ne...

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Tech Thursday #022: Sending a Message, Chicken Coop – Part 2

Part 2 of our chicken coop home automation project is sending a message to your phone or to your email from an Arduino! What good is a home automation project if it does not notify you if something is wrong or if the status of something is changing, etc. This is a continuation of our Home Automation Chicken Coop – Part 1. This is Part 2 of a multi part posting of the chicken coop home automa...

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Tech Thursday #019: A Fun Tracked Robot with a Arduino

We had fun building this robot. He may look familiar… We started with MLT-JR custom length tracks and added a simple shell and head. The motors are driven with a Sabertooth 2×5 Motor Controller. All the parts (other than the drive train) were made with our 3D printers. Then we gave it a quick paint job. We embedded two IR sensors on the front and put a Arduino in the middle cavity to dr...

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Tech Thursday #013: Keg-a-Droid Beer Dispensing Control System

Lately we have been hard at work developing a new robotic beer servant named Keg-a-Droid; you can check out our Kickstarter campaign. Keg-a-droid is a remote controlled, mobile robot equipped with a keg and tap system and this week’s Tech Thursday will demonstrate some components of the beer dispensing control system. More specifically, this is the test setup we used to calibrate our flowmeter out...

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Tech Thursday #012: PulsedLight LiDAR-Lite

PulsedLight’s LiDAR-Lite (TS-070-001) is a compact and high performance distance measurement sensor. The small size and light weight makes it an ideal positioning sensor in mobile robotic applications. The sensor also boasts an incredibly wide operating range. It can accurately measure from about 5cm all the way up to 40 meters! This makes the sensor great for both precision and distance mea...

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Tech Thursday #011: Motion Detector Servo Control

Home automation is a hot topic these days. In this week’s Tech Thursday I will show you how to deploy a simple motion sensor and use it to set the position of a servo. For motion detection I will be using our Mini PIR motion detector module (TE-232-805) as our detector, and an Arduino Uno and a Pololu Maestro6 for our controls. The Pololu Maestro provides a simple and easy way to control mul...

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