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    Re: Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    oops double
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    Re: Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    Ok so I modified the hardwareserial.h and hardwareserial.cpp files by uncommenting the lines related to Serial1, and adding a line defining rx_buffer1. Now it sort of works, but it's being very...
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    Re: Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    Thanks for the quick replies Fergs, really makes the Arbotix a pleasure to use. So one more question, what do I need to do to use the second serial port as a regular serial port? I'm trying to use it...
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    Re: Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    Ok, heres another thing I can't find the answer for. The pinout on the Arbotix is confusing me. If for example I wanted to do an analog read on A7, analogRead(7); works, but I'm having trouble seeing...
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    Re: Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    Actually this is exactly what mills() is for isn't it... derp. :confused:

    I feel like there was some reason I didn't do this initially, but I don't remember it now. Oh well.
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    Re: Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    I just had systemtime in my ISR incrementing every 1ms for use in timing things in my various tasks, as I have multiple things going on that need to be timed but are really not at all picky about...
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    Arbotix, Arduino, and Timers

    So I recently got an Arbotix to replace my MiniRobocontroller as I was out of pins and needed the extra serial port. Now my code worked on the MiniRobocontroller. The Motors library was using Timer0,...
  8. Re: MINI Robocontroller Libraries and Arduino 1.0

    Awesome Thanks!
  9. MINI Robocontroller Libraries and Arduino 1.0

    I just updated to the latest release of the arduino IDE and it is not playing well with the libraries for the MiniRobocontroller. When I try to compile with the Motors library I get:
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    Question(s) Re: Charging computer NIHM battery pack

    Charging batteries can really be fairly complicated, and you generally don't want to charge in parallel. The best solution (this still depends on exactly how the robot's charger works though) would...
  11. Thread: Sparky!

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    Project Re: Sparky!

    I'm having some problems with my microcontroller. When I hook some of the pins to my charger it seems to be pulling those parts of the charger low. Do I need resistors between the circuit and the...
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    Re: Pro Lite V2 vs. Turnigy LiPo's

    Hey Stobs,

    I use the turnigy lipo's for some of my remote control stuff and they are fantastic. They are true full capacity (frequently over capacity), and the company isn't over rating their...
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    Question(s) Re: Where to start

    I was in a very similar position when I started into robotics last year, minus the programming experience. I bought the MINI Robocontroller sold here on Trossen and have been very happy with it. It...
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    Question(s) Re: Modding battery wire?

    While this is doable, you have to be careful not to damage the cells. If they get too hot during soldering they are very easy to damage. If the battery has tabs, soldering to those greatly alleviates...
  15. Thread: Sparky!

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    Project Sparky!

    The helpful people here at Trossen have always been great at replying to my threads and helping me out, now it's time to give back with some project documentation!

    3503

    This is my first robot,...
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    Re: Aluminum brackets

    Oh, and where are you getting your scrap aluminum? I'm just making some smallish things so it's not like I actually need to buy a fresh sheet.
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    Re: Aluminum brackets

    Thanks for all the insight, exactly the types of info I was hoping for! I guess I could have told you guys what I was doing. It's just for a small rover, probably not more than 2kg and I would be...
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    Aluminum brackets

    I was looking through some of the mech warfare threads trying to find out what type of aluminum you guys were using and where you got it, but just couldn't find the right bits of info. I'm wondering...
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    Re: MINI Robocontroller sketch issues

    http://www.trossenrobotics.com/p/mini-robot-controller.aspx

    I have since gotten it to work by switching the board selection in the arduino environment. The robocontroller manual says to use...
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    Re: MINI Robocontroller sketch issues

    Oh the shame... it appears that in my haste to play with the new toy I had plugged the breakout board in backwards. :sad: I now know that GR means green and not ground. Now when I try to upload a...
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    MINI Robocontroller sketch issues

    Just got my MINI Robocontroller in the mail along with some other goodies. Whenever I try to upload a sketch to it I get the error: "avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding". I've tried...
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    Question(s) Re: Shaping Plastic

    i know you probably don't want to make a vacuum former, but the rc people have very good results with this method.

    YouTube - Vacuum Forming Home Style
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    Re: MosquitIO desktop turret

    Yes, the default software is fantastic. I'm definitely not trying to improve upon the current software. I was planning to use this board to control my other projects in place of buying something more...
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    Re: MosquitIO desktop turret

    Ok so I've downloaded the Arduino software, But when I go to my Arduino folder in my documents to add the board, the folder is empty. Now the Arduino folder says it has about 22Mb of stuff in it, I...
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    Re: need some serious help

    I have to chime in on the nxt bit. I bought myself one about a year ago because I didn't know any programming and thought it would be a good intro to robotics. I can't recommend the kit as highly as...
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    Question(s) Re: Source of Small Electric Vacuum Pump?

    You may want to take a look at fish tank bubblers. I don't know how well they'll do for suction, but they are small and pump continuously.
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    Re: MosquitIO desktop turret

    I do run bootcamp for vista. I think I'm going to repartition and reinstall before I get started on all this stuff though. Originally I had set aside only about 32Gigs because I refused to admit I...
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    Re: MosquitIO desktop turret

    I get the feeling it might be better to just do all my robotics stuff on the windows side... Assuming I do, what do I need to do to get that GUI running?
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    MosquitIO desktop turret

    Just got mine in the mail today. Put it together no problem, instructions were very clear. I'm not really sure what the next step is though. I assume the nifty looking control panel on the item's...
  30. Thread: First project

    by draikani
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    Question(s) Re: First project

    Figured out questions 1 and 3 myself (whoopie), and have spent the last month reading about micro-controllers, servos, motor controllers, programming, power supplies, and so on. My circumstances have...
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    Question(s) Re: As Slow As Possible. Seriously.

    Alright then...

    1. How much movement do you want in a 1 hour period? The idea was to have a thin flexible rod with strings attached to 4 sides. When a string gets pulled on the rod bends maybe ...
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    Question(s) Re: As Slow As Possible. Seriously.

    Not at all man, we are in the same boat. nothing going on tonight. And of course any information you can provide is better than the info I don't know. Was really hoping to find someone with some...
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    Question(s) Re: As Slow As Possible. Seriously.

    Thanks for the quick feedback! It might work, maybe a little more complicated that I was looking for though. Would like to get some other ideas coming in before I do any sort of deciding though. My...
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    Question(s) Re: As Slow As Possible. Seriously.

    Torque requirements would be quite low. I just need it to pull a string that will bend a rod. The rod will not be stiff at all. (If anyone would like this described better I'll do my best.) I assume...
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    Question(s) As Slow As Possible. Seriously.

    This will no doubt seem like a very strange request to some of you. Im loooking for some type of linear actuator that moves very slowly. For example if I looked at it I don't want to be able to tell...
  36. Thread: First project

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    Question(s) Re: First project

    Ok so I'm almost convinced that I know enough to actually start spending money. But before I do, a few more questions.

    1) Does the trossen pan & tilt kit come with all the little screws and bits I...
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    Question(s) Re: First project

    Hm, thanks upgrayd that's encouraging for sure. I just checked my system disks and sure enough Xcode was on them. I'm finishing the download so I'll be able to tinker during spring quarter... Is...
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    Question(s) Re: First project

    Darkback, as extremely generous and tempting as that is, so far as I can tell it won't save me much money. Purchasing two servos ($10 x2), SES brackets ($20), a power supply ($15), and aluminum for a...
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    Question(s) Re: First project

    I can just run windows on my mac if that simplifies things. I didn't think that the operating system would have any impact on my ability to write code, although as I said I have no experience in this...
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    Question(s) Re: First project

    Ah that is exactly to info I was looking for. Thanks a bunch guys! Further information and advice (especially regarding programming) is still very welcome, but this has been hugely helpful. If I...
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