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Microcontrollers

Microcontrollers are robot brains. Microcontrollers allow the designer to interface sensors and specialized control electronics together (along with anything else required for the project) and contain the overall logic of the robot.


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  • Arduino Due 32bit ARM Microcontroller
    More power, but some compatibility issues
    Review by David
    More speed and memory than the Atmega-based Arduinos, but beware of compatibility problems since several Arduino libraries still need to be updated to fully support the ARM-based Due. In particular the Wire library for I2C control still has problems with some I2C devices. I'm sure these issues will be resolved over time and otherwise it's a great board.
    (Posted on 9/3/14)
  • Seeeduino Stalker Waterproof Solar Kit
    "All-dressed" Arduino compatible
    Review by David
    The Stalker is my favourite Arduino compatible board, since it includes a holder for an XBee radio, real-time clock (with temperature sensor), microSD card reader and solar battery charging circuitry on one board. All this functionality is well documented on SeeedStudio's website. This kit has everything you need to get started including the serial-to-USB adapter (the UArtsBee). Pleasant surprise: my kit came with a 4Gb microSD card instead of the 2Gb in the description.
    (Posted on 9/3/14)
  • Romeo V2 All-in-one Microcontroller (ATMega32U4)
    EXELLENT
    Review by alan
    ITS A MUST HAVE
    (Posted on 8/30/14)
  • Arduino Starter Kit
    Everything you need to start learning Arduino!
    Review by Todd
    I received this very quickly from Robot Shop and I'm very pleased. It was my first endeavour into learning Arduino, a very nice bundle of goodies was available to start with and the book is very helpful and well written.
    I'll recommend this to anybody else interested in hacking electronics.
    (Posted on 8/28/14)
  • PX4 Autopilot Flight Management Unit w/ IO Kit
    Nice product
    Review by Philippe
    The boards we received seems to have the old boot loader which makes the standard MissionPlanner application to output the "Error : Firmware not suitable for this board" when trying to upgrade the firmware. We used the QGroundControl software instead to upgrade the firmware and it worked fine.

    Hope this will help others!

    Except the boot loader everything works just as it was supposed to!
    (Posted on 8/27/14)
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Robot Construction Kits

Posted on April 23, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under GoRobotics >> Education, Robotics Projects & Kits, Where to Start.

Robot Construction Kits can be distinguished from normal robot kits since they use modular parts and allow you to assemble different robots using the same parts. A robot kit on the other hand only allows you to build one robot. Robot construction kits are a great investment because they tend to include everything you need [...]
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Robot Reverse Engineering: Designing an Autonomous Transatlantic Boat

Posted on March 06, 2014

By Jeffrey Arcand & filled under Entertainment, Robotics Projects & Kits.

Some of you may have hear about Scout — The Autonomous Transatlantic Robot. She is a 12-foot long robotic solar-powered boat designed and built by 7 college/university students from the USA. She was launched in August 2013 from Rhode Island and programmed to autonomously cross the Atlantic Ocean to her destination in Spain. Although she [...]
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Lynxmotion Transitions to Arduino / BotBoarduino

Posted on January 15, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under Lynxmotion.

Lynxmotion is announcing today that all Lynxmotion kits based on the Basic Atom Pro have been discontinued. Our supplier of the Basic Atom Pro microcontroller modules has notified us that they are changing their focus and the future availability of their microcontrollers is uncertain. As such, Lynxmotion has discontinued all kits which are based on [...]
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RobotShop Unveils the 5th Generation of It’s Web Platform, Launches new Robot App Store

Posted on October 26, 2013

By Carlos Asmat & filled under RobotShop.

In its 10th anniversary, at RobotShop we are very excited to unveil the 5th major upgrade to our web presence. Not only the user interface was refreshed and made compatible with the latest web standards, the catalogue browsing, and the search engine has been improved to make it more convenient to find the robots and [...]
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3D Robotics & the Maker Movement

Posted on July 05, 2013

By Coleman Benson & filled under RobotShop, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

  RobotShop recently partnered with 3D Robotics / DIY Drones a manufacturer of open-source UAVs, founded in 2009 by Chris Anderson and Jordi Munoz. 3D robotics is popular for three main reasons: Their UAV flight controllers and software have been developed with the community and have evolved to the point where they are incredibly popular, [...]
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... board have been installed so that the robot can be programmed to perform autonomous tasks. Bluetooth interfaces have been installed on both microcontrollers to aid in the wireless control and programming of the robot. The hexapod is capable of four different gaits & variable walking ...
2014-07-19 14:03 by RiverRatDC
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... The choice of microcontroller is really up to you. http://www.robotshop.com/en/microcontrollers.html
2014-07-16 08:29 by CBenson
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... you connect a 9V battery to VL? It looks like you have the BotBoarduino correctly connected to the SSC-32 (so the 9V battery powers both of their microcontrollers), however the BotBoarduino itself does not provide the necessary voltage to run the SSC-32 - you need the 9V battery. On the SSC-32 ...
2014-06-27 12:18 by CBenson
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Can you provide a photo of your setup so we know the size? You have two main options: A DC gear motor (or DC gear motor with encoder) or a stepper motor (much harder to use). http://www.robotshop.com/en/gear-motors.html http://www.robotshop.com/en/stepper-motors.html You can easily control the speed...
2014-06-10 14:22 by CBenson
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Hi,
I have a homemade camera slider, and would like to make it motorized. I would like to get a micro controller that can tell a motor how fast to go, and when and how much to turn (like one turn every ten seconds). Could you recommend a motor and micro controller that would do that?
2014-06-10 12:21 by bswift
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... GPS would likely not be very accurate for small distances. http://www.robotshop.com/en/sensors-accelerometers.html http://www.robotshop.com/en/microcontrollers.html Based on what you wrote, something which can connect directly to a computer may be best: http://www.robotshop.com/en/phidgetspatial-precision-333-high-resolution-3-axis-compass-gyroscope-accelerometer.html ...
2014-06-09 14:22 by CBenson
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I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we can just discuss microcontrollers and embedded boards, in general. I'll start it out here! :D I also just feel like writing today. :) I'm currently using an Arduino Mega ADK with a BotBoarduino (on W.A.L.T.E.R. ...
2014-04-21 21:14 by linuxguy
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... traditional hardware approach. This is an excellent opportunity to educate Maker's in multi-processor devices and the manufacturing process behind microcontrollers! Arguably, Parallax started this Maker movement. Arguably without Parallax, there would not have been Arduino. And without Arduino, ...
2014-04-21 15:39 by randomvibe
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You just need a single servo controller or a microcontroller. http://www.robotshop.com/en/servo-controllers.html http://www.robotshop.com/en/microcontrollers.html If you don't want to do any programming, you can manually record and play back a sequence: http://www.robotshop.com/en/servocity-4servo-recorder-playback.html ...
2014-04-21 08:46 by CBenson
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A robot created using servo/stepper motor with a digital onboard with right microcontrollers will help.
2014-04-21 07:41 by venturemfg
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... traditional hardware approach. This is an excellent opportunity to educate Maker's in multi-processor devices and the manufacturing process behind microcontrollers! Arguably, Parallax started this Maker movement. Arguably without Parallax, there would not have been Arduino. And without Arduino, ...
2014-04-21 02:03 by randomvibe
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... paintball gun ( w/ linear actuator to pull trigger) and camera system that I will modify to fit. My problem is I keep reading about things like microcontrollers and motor shields, but I haven't seen anything that explains what they are and when or how to use them. What electronics are required ...
2014-04-04 23:02 by esmith43
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... it to react the way you want. Unfortunately we don't offer any consultation services (such as design or programming). If you are entirely new to microcontrollers and programming then you might contact a local computer or electrical engineering department and see if a student wants to make a few ...
2014-03-18 07:59 by CBenson
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What are the news on Flowbotics support for microcontrollers?
The Botboarduino is a very good arduino board, Flowbotics a nice piece of software: that's a powerful association.
2014-02-26 17:43 by TitiMoby
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We offer many microcontrollers :) http://www.robotshop.com/en/microcontrollers.html?___SID=U Some help choosing the right one: http://www.robotshop.com/blog/en/how-to-make-a-robot-lesson-4-understanding-microcontrollers-2-3700 We ...
2014-02-25 17:09 by CBenson
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