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Robot Sensors

Robot Sensors are what robots need to know the world around them. Here you will find tons of Robot Sensors including ultrasonic, temperature & humidity, force and a lot more to increase your Robot awareness!


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  • Maxbotix XL-MaxSonar-EZ0 High Performance Sonar Module
    Simple to Use
    Review by Nathan
    Initially, I had purchased this device to work with my APM 2.5, but later found that APM firmware does not yet support range finders. To date, I have not been able to establish proof of concept. The unit was easy to assemble and appears to be functioning correctly with good accuracy.
    (Posted on 10/17/14)
  • Maxbotix I2CXL-MaxSonar-EZ4 High Performance Sonar
    Amazing Sonar!!!
    Review by Alvaro
    I use it in multirotor applications and due its comunicacion is through I2C port, it is less affected by the interferences of my motors and wiring, I recommend it.
    (Posted on 10/14/14)
  • Adafruit Thermocouple Amplifier
    Plug and Play
    Review by Daniel
    The unit was easy to interface and seem to be very accurate. There is no noise on the measures and the offset is close to non existent. The drivers were easy to use and allow multiple board to be used on any pin.
    (Posted on 10/7/14)
  • RPLIDAR 360° Laser Scanner
    Great product that delivers on all fronts
    Review by Raymond
    It's easy to judge the hardware as good or bad but the software, both drivers and example client code, are where products like this usually evade QA and reviewers. I was really happy to see that the drivers and SDK all just worked and the reference implementations were clear enough that I was able to get my own C application up and running in less than 3 hours.

    Performance is good, at first I was made nervous by the highly mechanical aspect of this: whirring, spinning things with belts tend to be fragile, but it's been running for days now without any problems.
    (Posted on 10/2/14)
  • Sharp GP2Y0A710K0F IR Range Sensor - 100 to 550cm
    I truly recommend it
    Review by Mario V
    It works great, it has a very long range, for the price an money, good choice.
    (Posted on 9/29/14)
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How to Make a UAV – Lesson 1: Terminology

Posted on October 29, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under How To Make a Robot.

How to Make a UAV – Lesson 1: Terminology How to Make a UAV – Lesson 2: The Platform How to Make a UAV – Lesson 3: Choosing the right motor / prop / ESC / Battery How to Make a UAV – Lesson 4: Choose a flight controller How to Make a UAV – [...]
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How To Use MultiWii as a Servo-Based Gimbal Stabilizer

Posted on October 24, 2014

By Eric Nantel & filled under Arduino Tutorials, Drone, Electronics.

This post explains the different steps necessary to use a MultiWii compatible board for two axis servo-based stabilization. Many people try to make projects that require stabilization and don’t really want to have to worry about programming; fortunately MultiWii comes to the rescue and helps you get this done fast and even at a low [...]
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Phidgets Lesson 1: Installing Phidgets Drivers

Posted on October 17, 2014

By Kat Dornian & filled under Phidgets Tutorials.

  Phidgets are easy to use sensors and controllers for programmers. After just a bit of coding, you’ll have your computer connected to the real world via an assortment of sensors as well as motors, relays, remote control, RFID, LEDs and more! But first, you’ll need to get the drivers installed, and luckily, it will take less [...]
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RobotShop Acquires FlyingEinstein’s Technology and Releases the Quadrino Nano

Posted on October 07, 2014

By RB1 & filled under Lynxmotion, RobotShop, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

RobotShop announced the acquisition of the technology behind Flying Einstein LLC, a manufacturer based in Florida which designs and produces flight controllers for UAVs and drones. The first product, released today on pre-order, is the Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano Drone/UAV Flight Controller (with GPS). Ever since the new Lynxmotion UAV subdivision was created, we noticed that [...]
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iCLEBO Arte Robot Vacuum Promotion

Posted on September 23, 2014

By Julie Gendron & filled under Consumer Robotics, Domestic, Vacuum.

RobotShop is offering a promotion on the iCLEBO Arte Robot Vacuum while supplies last. With the puchase of this robot you will receive a free accessory package including 2 Microfiber Mops, 10 HEPA Filters and 2 Side Brushes (L and R). This is a $50 value and comes absolutely free with purchase on top of the standard accessories [...]
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... making movement sequences that can be pretty elaborate. The SSC-32 board that's included in the arm also has four inputs, so switches and analog sensors can be added to make more advanced projects. Hope this helps and let us know how the project goes! Best regards,
2014-10-29 18:09 by jarcand
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Hey everyone, I came across this contest on the robotics subreddit and since I know the community here loves robots, I figured ... a 3D printable body for some modular electronics (including microcontroller, sensors, servos, etc) and you could win some great robot kits worth over $3000 ...
2014-10-29 12:41 by bionicmathlete
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Hi Alan,

The RB-Phi-126 sensors produces an analog signal that ranges from 0 to 5V, so any microcontroller with an analog input can be used to read the sensors value. Does your PCB already have a microcontroller?
2014-10-28 17:42 by jarcand
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From what I understand, [the DFRobotShop Rover] does not contain any sensors. Is it possible to add sensors to it (e.g motion, light sensors?) If yes, can these sensors be bought from this site? The basic kit is intended to be just that - basic (nothing extra ...
2014-10-28 08:59 by CBenson
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I want to buy a robot construction kit and I'd like some insight on what I can buy. :) I am a 24 year old ... 1) Must be programmable (not drag and drop) 2) Should not have a lot of extra sensors for now (but it would be nice if it can be extended in the future by adding to ...
2014-10-28 05:47 by minas1
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... here are some suggestions. We just released the Pre-Order of our Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano. It's an Arduino based platform that includes sensors for Drone flight. It's also MultiWii compatible so that means there is something to load in if you want to use it. Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano ...
2014-10-09 12:05 by DiaLFonZo
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... as horizontally 180° as vertically 45°. As I understand I have to use gyro sensor for that? So, I'd like to ask your good advice which sensors and parts I have to order? And how to connect it with my servos to get my project able? Hope You understood my idea) With best regards, Mr. ...
2014-10-05 02:29 by aleksey85
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Sounds like a great and unique project! I'm not sure you'll be able to use a gyro sensor for that: gyro sensors drift with time, so you'll end up having the same problem with misalignment... Instead, I would recommend using a compass module like this one: * http://www.robotshop.com/en/lsm303d-3-axis-accelerometer-compass.html?product-code=RB-Pol-230 ...
2014-10-03 13:43 by jarcand
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Can anybody suggest me which sensors and electronic components
I have to order to make a pan-tilt mount gyro stabilized?
2014-10-03 05:17 by aleksey85
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We have a selection of cameras and vision sensors here:
http://www.robotshop.com/en/cameras-vision-sensors.html
However, it really comes down to what software you want to implement and how to connect to the camera.
2014-09-30 10:11 by CBenson
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Do ye sell the sensors. I was thinking of building a gravity feed column that coloured blocks will sit ... so when the block is gravity the sensor automatically sees what colour it is a d the robot arm dispenses to the proper location.
2014-09-30 09:30 by Johnbarry
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... as horizontally 180° as vertically 45°. As I understand I have to use gyro sensor for that. So, Id ‘like to ask Your good advise which sensors and parts I have to order? And how to connect it with my servos to get my project able? Hope You understood my idea) With best regards, Mr. ...
2014-09-30 03:30 by aleksey85
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... need two XBee style wireless modules per rover. For example: http://www.robotshop.com/en/sfe-maxstream-xbee-transceiver-wire-antennae.html Last, ... control wirelessly. Note that the basic rover kit does not include any sensors - we wanted the price as low as possible. It's up to you which sensors ...
2014-09-18 09:35 by CBenson
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I'm building my first robot and I'm looking for some help with my design, specifically selecting power and ... floor is linoleum tile. My peripherals will be a light/color sensor, two distance sensors and potentially a stepper motor in the future. Based on some research it looks ...
2014-09-15 07:53 by Bagels
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