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

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

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

OMNi is a modular, omnidirectional robot for museum duties

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — October 5th, 2021 Museums allow people to explore topics in history, science, and much more through the use of exhibits that are often comprised of screens or some other interactive medium. Staff are given the role of visiting each one periodically and checking to see if they still work correctly as well…… Continue reading OMNi is a modular, omnidirectional robot for museum duties

AugLimb is the extra arm you didn’t know you needed

Reading Time: 2 minutes AugLimb is the extra arm you didn’t know you needed Arduino Team — September 24th, 2021 As a maker, you probably have a third hand for your soldering station. They come in handy when you need to hold a component, PCB, solder, and soldering iron all at the same time. But an extra hand would…… Continue reading AugLimb is the extra arm you didn’t know you needed

Flingbot is a robot that flings paint at a canvas to create art

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — September 20th, 2021 Jackson Pollock was famous for his unique style of splattering large blobs of paint across a canvas, and it was this technique that JBV Creative was trying to imitate. But rather than working by hand to painstakingly dip a brush into paint and then flinging it many times over, he wanted…… Continue reading Flingbot is a robot that flings paint at a canvas to create art

Meet Roamer, a companion robot that charges itself

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — September 4th, 2021 Tiny mobile robots are a blast to use. They are fast, fun, and can even be autonomous. However, they all suffer from a similar issue: batteries, which are notorious for running out of charge quickly when the motors are kept spinning for too long. To address this issue, Mike Rigsby…… Continue reading Meet Roamer, a companion robot that charges itself

This overengineered robotic clock will not be underappreciated

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Arduino Team — August 17th, 2021 Normally when an inexpensive wall clock stops ticking, you simply buy a new one. However, ‘Developer Hendrik’ decided to bring his broken clock back to life, or some semblance thereof, using a 3D-printed four-axis robot arm dubbed “Serworm Michael.” Under the control of a MKR 1010 WiFi and DYNAMIXEL MKR…… Continue reading This overengineered robotic clock will not be underappreciated

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