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In this sixth and final installment of the “Make Your Own Arduino-Powered Deskbot Pal” you’ll discover ways to enhance your Desktop Pal by adding more sensors and other hardware. As a bonus, you’ll also learn how to implement a compact MP3 player to play recorded music and sound effects!

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Desktop Pal, all major components

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Desktop Pal is an animatronic friend, powered by an Arduino-compatible microcontroller and a small assortment of basic sensors. Using two servos for movement, Pal’s head moves up and down and side to side, reacting to objects that come nearby. In this installment you’ll learn how to program the Desktop Pal so it integrates all of its components – motors, switches, and sensors – to work together as a single unit.

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Desktop Pal, with "Stereo" Vision

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In this fourth installment, endow your Desktop Pal with more sensors to increase its functionality. You’ll add a second ultrasonic sensor to enable your Pal to have a kind of “stereo” vision; a passive infrared (PIR) sensor to detect nearby motion, and even a “squawkbox”, to give your Desktop Pal a rudimentary sound effects — also helpful for audible feedback during development.

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Desktop Pal with "stereo" ultrasonic sensors and PIR detector

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In this third installment, learn how to effectively program the servos, ultrasonic sensor, and switch of your your Deskbot Pal for smooth, interactive action. In this installment of the Desktop Pal series, you’ll learn a number of important Arduino sketch concepts, including interrupts, timers, sensor averaging, switch debouncing, and more.

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Desktop Pal, all major components

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The Deskbot Pal, an animatronic emoji bot that’s easy to build, and easy on the pocketbook. The Pal can be personalized with your own 15 pieces of flair – or more if you’d like! It’s powered by an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, and requires no special construction tools, even soldering. This is Lesson 2 of the Desktop Pal series. If you’re just starting with the project, you’ll want to begin with Lesson 1, Make Your Own Arduino-Powered Deskbot Pal, where you’ll learn the component parts of the Desktop Pal, and how to construct it.

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Finished Desktop Pal

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This tutorial series will help you design and create your own “Deskbot Pal”; an affordable stationary robot that’s super simple to build. Desktop Pal is made to be personalized. Deck out your Pal with your own custom flair and bling and then give it a personality.

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Main Components of Desktop Pal

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Hairygael has put together an amazing project. He 3D printed an entire robot hand and forearm and used hobby servo motors and an Arduino board to drive it. As you can see in the picture above, the hand looks amazing and if you watch the video below, you will see it moves very smoothly and […]

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3D Printed Animatronic Hand

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Dubai, that wonderful country city that gave us a private island paradise shaped like the world, and the world’s first underwater hotel, is now going to be host to a dinosaur theme-park, called "Restless Planet."  It will be home to the world’s largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs of various shapes […]

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