Meet Nikola, a camera-enabled smart companion robot

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — June 6th, 2022 For this year’s Embedded Vision Summit, Hackster.io’s Alex Glow created a companion robot successor to her previous Archimedes bot called Nikola. This time, the goal was to embed a privacy-focused camera and microphone system as well as several other components that would increase its adorability. The vision system uses a Nicla Vision…… Continue reading Meet Nikola, a camera-enabled smart companion robot

Mobiot is a system that lets anyone automate everyday objects

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 25th, 2022 So many tasks within a house can be reduced to a series of somewhat simple movements that are repeated each time that task is done, thus making it a prime target for automation. To make this process far easier than the traditional one of designing a robot by hand,…… Continue reading Mobiot is a system that lets anyone automate everyday objects

This MKR WAN 1300-powered rover was inspired by the orb-weaver spider

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — April 11th, 2022 Orb-weaver spiders are often found in gardens and are famous for the intricate webs they spin to catch pre, and as the name implies, this web is in the shape of a circle. In keeping with the theme, element14 user Miloš Rašic had the idea to build a small rover taking inspiration…… Continue reading This MKR WAN 1300-powered rover was inspired by the orb-weaver spider

Can a triangle of tank tracks outperform omni wheels?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 16th, 2022 Omni wheels are fantastic because they let a vehicle drive forward, backward, left, right, and rotate — all without a steering mechanism. There are only two catches: all four omni wheels must be driven and omni wheels don’t handle rough terrain or obstacles well. Tank tracks are perfect for…… Continue reading Can a triangle of tank tracks outperform omni wheels?

James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel

Reading Time: 2 minutes James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel Arduino Team — February 26th, 2022 Omni wheels, sometimes referred to by the trademarked Mecanum name, are special wheels lined with rollers. Thanks to the orientation of the rollers, a vehicle equipped with four omni wheels (each driven independently) can move in any direction by…… Continue reading James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel

Adorable robots mimic Internet cookies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — February 10th, 2022 If you’re like most people, you click “accept all” whenever a website asks you to allow cookies. That button is big and enticing, begging you to click so you can get to your content without thinking about the purpose of the cookies. That purpose is usually to serve you…… Continue reading Adorable robots mimic Internet cookies

ElectroVoxel robots reconfigure themselves using magnets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — February 8th, 2022 The ability to control magnetism is very powerful and acts as the basis for huge swaths of modern technology. Without electromagnetism, we likely would never have progressed into the digital age — we wouldn’t even have electric motors. Now engineers from MIT CSAIL are using electromagnetism for something new:…… Continue reading ElectroVoxel robots reconfigure themselves using magnets

See how Nikodem Bartnik integrated LIDAR room mapping into his DIY robotics platform

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — January 31st, 2022 As part of his ongoing autonomous robot project, YouTuber Nikodem Bartnik wanted to add LIDAR mapping/navigation functionality so that his device could see the world in much greater resolution and actively avoid obstacles. In short, LIDAR works by sending out short pulses of invisible light and measuring how much time it takes for…… Continue reading See how Nikodem Bartnik integrated LIDAR room mapping into his DIY robotics platform

Neatly fold your t-shirts with an Arduino-powered robot

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — January 3rd, 2022 Folding t-shirts isn’t a fun process for many people, and even worse, it’s difficult to get them looking the exact same way when the pile of folded clothing is completed. So in order to make it easier, mechanical engineering students Pietro Oppici, Corentin Vandebroek, Stefano Pontoglio, and Quentin Bertieaux set…… Continue reading Neatly fold your t-shirts with an Arduino-powered robot

This Samsung Ballie-inspired spherical robot gets around on a couple of wheels

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — January 3rd, 2022 Back in early 2020, Samsung demonstrated their Ballie robot concept at CES, and although it never got off the ground, it inspired Derek Lieber to create his own version of a gyroscopically stabilized robot that moves with a pair of hemispherical “wheels” on each side. Lieber’s project, which he calls “Ballbot2”, is…… Continue reading This Samsung Ballie-inspired spherical robot gets around on a couple of wheels

Nikodem Bartnik created a powerful robotic chassis using T-Motor AK series actuators and Arduino

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — December 28th, 2021 After attempting to incorporate a few AK80-9 actuators from T-Motor into a robotic arm project, YouTuber Nikodem Bartnik was forced to pivot to a different kind of project: a universal robotic chassis/platform. By using these high-power and high-precision motors, his robot could be both fast and accurate while moving along the floor. Once…… Continue reading Nikodem Bartnik created a powerful robotic chassis using T-Motor AK series actuators and Arduino

Meet RobBob, a 3D-printed robot head that works with an N64 controller

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — November 23rd, 2021 Inspired by a special two-axis mechanism that uses a pair of beveled gears to create panning and tilting motions, maker and YouTuber JBV Creative wanted to integrate it into a larger kinetic sculpture that could move electromechanically while also looking great at the same time. This led to the creation of RobBob,…… Continue reading Meet RobBob, a 3D-printed robot head that works with an N64 controller

James Bruton built a robot that moves like an earthworm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — November 10th, 2021 Self-propelling robots come in a whole host of shapes, sizes, and capabilities, with some being able to fly while other can walk on just a couple or many legs. But YouTuber James Bruton wanted to innovate on this concept even further by designing and building a robot that mimics an earthworm through extending…… Continue reading James Bruton built a robot that moves like an earthworm

The Raspberry Pi Build HAT and LEGO® components at our CoderDojo

Reading Time: 6 minutes As so many CoderDojos around the world, our office-based CoderDojo hadn’t been able to bring learners together in person since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So we decided that our first time back in the Raspberry Pi Foundation headquarters should be something special. Having literally just launched the new Raspberry Pi Build HAT for…… Continue reading The Raspberry Pi Build HAT and LEGO® components at our CoderDojo

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