This is a good term step by step procedure listings to accomplish some complex or difficult task. It should be light on theory (maybe link to an in-depth knowledge article instead) but probably can encompass technique. However consider writing up a separate technique article if you describe a technique if the techniques one need in this how-to are generally useful in other projects. This is a great term for 'how I made my robot' type articles.

Testing file Uploads

Testing file Uploads

Using a BASIC like language to add Computer Vision, Speech Recognition, and network connectivity to your next robot

 The RobotVisionToolkit is a free tool that allows you to easily experiment with Computer Vision, Speech Recognition, TCP/IP networking, Joystick support and other advanced features in your next robot.

The RobotVisionToolkit uses a language called RobotSee to tie all these advanced features together.  RobotSee is a basic like language specifically designed for people currently using the Basic Stamp, or other BASIC like languages.

The RobotVisionToolkit includes a text editor, and graphic debugger.  It works with almost any web camera. 

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR, Part 3b

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR

Part 3b

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR, Part 3a

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR


How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR, Part 2

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR

Part 2

Well, I'm back. It's time to finish setting up our programming environment. This time around I will be short on words and long on pictures. So let's get this show on the road.

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR, Part 1

How-To Setup Eclipse and WinAVR

Part 1

ooPIC Mark III Notes

Junun ooPIC Mark III Notes
Salvador Garcia, May 21, 2008

Creating a simple but stable 5v supply

The question came up on the Chibots mailing list about creating a stable 5v supply for the electronic components of a robot. It is true that motors, servos and even sensors can wreak havoc on your regulated supply.  Electrical noise is a complex issue, there are a huge number of books on the subject and googling it will return more hits that you'll care to count.  I will share with you what has worked for me and we'll use our current Robomagellan bot as an example.

Curious Inventor

Curious Inventor

This is a website I ran across today on Hack-A-Day that has a nice how-to guide on SMD soldering. He mentions the solder wick technique but also shows practical straight-foward techniques to accomplish good SMD solder joints.


PID for Line Following

Want to make your robot follow a line? At slower speeds, the process is pretty simple - if the sensors say it is going left, steer right and if going right, steer left. This process has its limitations though, mainly when the speed is increased .  This is when a PID controller starts to shine.

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