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Vader Vibes

Starting this blog as a place for me to throw down my thoughts about options for my Service Droid, VADER:


At times where I'm anxious to work on Vader but can't, atleast I can blog about it!  Right now is a good example: my 2 month old daughter is asleep in my arms. I may be having to type with one hand but the progress feels good!

First off, I'm considering a tweak to the acronym."Very Advanced" is a little over the top. Maybe "Virtually Advanced" or "Very Amateur".

ROB3, my third robot started out using my ROB1 base, as I wanted to play around with the gyro again using a 2 wheeled robot, but alas, one of the servos died. So … Read more
Drives around controlled by a remote.
I have a rover 5 chassis (4 motors, 4 encoders). My goal to use this chasis to create a robot that drives around and is controlled by a remote.  I am new to … Read more
Explorer robot with camera 1/3 inch and pan-tilt controled by radio control
Using a
***Project completely rewritten*** Version of January 28   0 - ONCE UPON A TIME... (A BRIEF HISTORY) This is my first project, a explorer rover with robotic claw … Read more
A couple functions:1) Remote Control 2) Autonomous avoidance 3) Autonomous object retrieval (hopefully)
Using a
This is my Service Droid. Meet VADER,  the Very Advanced Droid Exploration Robot. Ok, I admit it, the name is a stretch but it was fun to come up with.  Everyone … Read more

New Dagu Rover 5 w/4 Motors, Encoders


I just received my Dagu Rover 5 along with a Redboard controller (Sparkfun arduino) and Rover 5 Motor Controller, all from Sparkfun Electronics. I'm not looking to take over the world with an army of autonomous AI miracle machines, just start a fun hobby with my kids. We have just unboxed the stuff and haven't began any assembly.

Reverse pendulam using Rpi,Arduino and additional 0.75kg - which rover 5 chassis to buy



i am trying to built a autonomous car ( which can also be controlled by wifi) using DAGU rover-5 chasis , dagu 4 channel motor driver , raspberry pi (for wifi and camera) and arduino uno. i also like to use the same platform for inverted pendulam project using MPU6050 which is my next stage target , so the car needs to be very swift or agile to maintain the balance and change the direction.

can Dual H bridge 2A motor driver work with DAGU Rover5 chasis (2.5 stall current)


i was planning to Buy "Rover 5" 2 Dc motor , 2 encoder chassis from hobbyking with other accessories. however as a motor driver i found - "H-Bridge Motor Driver" which provides output to 2 motor but max current is 2A. whereas stall current for the motor is 2.5A. can i run the rover 5 without burning the motor driver?



Driver: L298

This project is my first foray into robotics and electronics for that matter. My goal is to end up with a platform for AI experiementation. I plan to add GPS and a … Read more

rover 5 w dagu 4 channel motor control hardware problem?

I am running the dagu Rover 5 (4 motor/4 encoder verion) using a Mega2560 and the Dagu 4 channel motor control.  This is my first attempt at a robot, but do have some experience using several models of Arduinos and motor controllers. 

The code I used is from this first message (by Nick Gammon) and wired exactly the same: http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=82618.0

  The open source Robots everywhere software is available for download on the android market and more information can be found … Read more
Introduction This Rover 5 platform was received with damaged wheels so I decided I'd give mechanum wheels a try. Unfortunately the cheapest set of mechanum wheels I … Read more

Rover 5: how to determine direction with a compass (LSM303)

I recently bought a Rover 5 and an Arduino Uno and made my first sketches. My goal is to let the Rover drive standalone in our livingroom, avoiding objects, childrens and pets ;-).

Rover 5 Motor Issue ?

Hello all

This is my first post in this forum and I hope you can help me. I just got a Rover 5 ( the 4 wheel edition) and the Dagu 4 channel motor controller.

Everything is connected with my Arduino Mega and I have no problems to control the motors and read the current amp value from the motors. I noticed that the motors are consuming up to 1.6 A and I think this is too much ? The Rover was not touching the ground and the default chain was mounted on the tire ?

Should I try to make the chains more loose ?

Servo Guts Connected to Another Motor

I just got a Rover 5 chassis and I was trying to figure out an easy way to control the motors. Would it work to take the electronics from a servo, disconnect the original motor and solder it to the Rover 5 motor?

Magic blue smoke

As part of a mixed set of robot parts I bought on ebay I received this Dagu 4-Channel Motor Controller. On the back there was a trace broken so I soldered in a wire to replace it and hooked it up to the Rover5 (from the same set). Wired it to an Arduino UNO and programmed it to run a motor test. Applying power to the board, before the Arduino had even started PWM, one of the driver ICs began smoking.

Creates Room Maps & sends them to laptop w/XBee, receives room location from laptop, locates balloons w/PING, & herds them w/fans to that spot
Using a
Here is my new post to document the details of my plans.  I'll update my progress in implementing them here as noteworthy milestones are reached.  My goals with … Read more

Dagu Rover 5 Asymmetrical Encoder Output Problem

I'm having problems with Dagu Rover 5 with asymmetrical encoder outputs.  They do not have a 50% duty cycle and when the two outputs are decoded they don't give the same count going forwards as backwards.  I'm using 74HC14 Schmidt Triggers with a Teensy++ 2.0 and 4x encoder library.  My fix is to count by 1's going forwards and 1.75 backwards.  Is there a way to fix these encoders to have a 50% duty cycle?Dagu Rover 5 Encoder Output

Arduino robot bored mode


Hi guys I have been programming a rover 5 tank the past few weeks and have successfully implemented a rc and autonomous mode that uses a ir compound eye to follow objects. I have been trying to add a "bored" function to my code but am not getting right. Below is the code, any help will be greatly appreciated.

#include "ioPins.h"

#include "constants.h"

#include <Servo.h>

#include "notes.h" 


// define Global Variables

I'm confused with how to control my rover 5

Hi all,

I have a few questions, which may be a bit stupid but I am new to robotics.

I have a picaxe 28 pin project board, a rover 5 4WD robot platform with encoders, a parallax ping ultrasonic sensor and a standard servo.

I am planning on making an autonomous robot like that on the start here instructions.

I have found out that my picaxe won't be able to power the rover 5. So I am looking at buying the Dagu 4 channel motor controller. Will I be able to controll the rover 5 4WD and encoders, the servo and ping sensor if I buy this motor controller?

Navigates around, avoid or follow obstacles, take fotos autonomously
Using a
Description: This is IOIO-Rover, my actual robot project. I has taken a long time to get it working, due to hardware and software problems. The project started 8 … Read more
It can easily avoid objects and go around them using the ultrasonic sensors. If the other supported sensors are added it can do many hobby oriented tasks.
Using a
The Rover 5 platform is relatively inexpensive and has great motors with integrated wheel encoders. The whole system is programmed through RobotBASIC communicating … Read more

Dagu Rover 5 motor whistle

I recently bought a Dagu Rover 5 with two motors and encoders (not yet connected).  I'm using a DFRobot Romeo to control it and using the supplied 8-cell battery holder to power it.

.Net Gadgeteer Powered Object Tracking Robot

Over the past few weeks i've been building a robot using the .Net Gadgeteer platform and blogging about it.

The robot is based on a Rover 5 Chassis, with an ir compound eye and pan and tilt kit for object tracking.

I didn't find too much information on this site about how to use these awesome dagu products with the .net gadgeteer platform so hopefully my experiences can help to make things a bit easier for someone else.

There's a science fiction novel I have, (About a robot of course.) Where a secondary character attempts to use some time management software to schedule a minor … Read more

Dagu Rover 5 & Arduino Uno /Help

Hello everyone.

I'm trying to make a robot for experimentation, something i can use in my studies aswell. I'm studying Electronics & Computer engeneering, first year, and i want a platform that i can improve in the years to come. 

I started playing around with LEDs and an arduino some time ago, this week i bought a Dagu Rover 5 with 4 motors and 4 encoders. The problem is i don't have the 4 channel DC motor controller. 

Houston--Concepts for a young machine

I've been planning, shopping, ordering parts, and waiting for what seems like forever. I want to show you guys what I've been working on, but it's still just a pile of assorted parts while I wait for certain important odds and ends to get it all together. But a couple of weeks ago I put together a sketchup model to get an idea of some sizing and fit and finish. Since I couldn't upload the model, instead I offer a few screenshots of what I've been working on.