Quadcopter, Construction (Arduino Aeroquad) (2011)

Arduino Quadcopter based on the Open Source Aeroquad. The plan for this project is to add GPS based autnonomous navigation between waypoints for aerial photography and video. Components: Arduino Mega 2560 (ATMEGA2560 MicroProcessor) board. AeroQuad Shield v2.0.7 with a ULN2003 IC (Darlington Transistors to drive external LEDs), 5 SparkFun breakout boards: Level Converter (3.3V-5.0V), HMC5843 Triple… Read More Quadcopter, Construction (Arduino Aeroquad) (2011)

Simplified inverse kinematics model for a 5 degree of freedom + gripper robotic arm (2011)

The following describes a simple method (inverse kinematics) of calculating the angles for all joints of a robotic arm to obtain a desired position of the end actuator (gripper). The video bellow shows the algorithm at work. The picture bellows shows the robot arm used for this example. It has 5 degrees of freedom: 1.… Read More Simplified inverse kinematics model for a 5 degree of freedom + gripper robotic arm (2011)

Robomagellan, RC Truck Hacked version (2010)

Robomagellan, RC Truck Hacked version (2010) This version of my 2010 Robomagellan robot was based on a RC Toy Truck base where the original truck electronics board was replaced with a DFRobot Motor Controller (L298N H-Bridge) and the original electromagent used for steering was replaced with a Hitec HS-322HD servo. Additional sensors (sensor overkill perhaps)… Read More Robomagellan, RC Truck Hacked version (2010)

Robotic Arm, Lego gripper + Lynxmotion Servo Erector elbow, shoulder and base version (2010)

Experimental robot arm with 5 DOF (Degrees of Freedom) plus actuator (gripper). The Lego version was to shaky and weak so replaced from the elbow down with Aluminum Servo Erector brackets from Lynxmotion. Gripper, wrist and wrist rotate made with Lego Technic and aluminum parts, elbow, shoulder and base made with Lynxmotion parts. Parallax Propeller Proto… Read More Robotic Arm, Lego gripper + Lynxmotion Servo Erector elbow, shoulder and base version (2010)

Robomagellan, RC Truck Minimum hacking version (2010)

My first Robomagellan robot for the Ottawa Robotic Enthusiasts (ORE) Robomagellan competition was based on a RC Truck with minimal hacking. In order to preserve the RC Truck only the body was removed and all the robot components were mounted in an acrylic base which could easily be removed. The Radio Control was mounted in the acrylic… Read More Robomagellan, RC Truck Minimum hacking version (2010)