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PIC-based Derbot AGVs face navigation challenge


This one tickled my fancy, and may be worth Gadget Masters checking out. On the Universities Research blog we wrote about a robot challenge that takes place at the University of Derby. Specifically, the Derbot design is based around either a PIC 16F873A, 18F242 or 18F2420, with DC motors driven by PWM, and I2C bus for expansion. Tim Wilmshurst, University ...

Sitara powers Mindstorms EV3 robotics

Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform

We’ve featured the powerful Mindstorms a number of times on Gadget Master but the Lego system is getting even more umpf. TI’s Sitara AM1808 processor has been selected to power the EV3 robotics platform that is now available. Basically, the MPU will be controlling the motors, monitor sensors and run Linux. Additionally, says TI, the brick contains the company’s CC2560 Bluetooth ...

Mindstorms powers Time Twister Lego clock


Clocks are a recurring theme on Gadget Master - check out the Pong clock, the Worduino word clock, the hard drive clock and the Nixie clock, for example - and here is a new Lego-based, Mindstorms-powered variant.

Skubey Skubey Radio!

Check out this example of Arduino powering a new style, social radio - a "Skube". This is a music player that "allows you to discover and share music and facilitates the decision process of picking tracks when in a communal setting," according to its creators (Andrew Nip, Ruben van der Vleuten, Malthe Borch, and Andrew Spitz).

How to build a robotic guide dog


It's always great to hear about readers' projects, and the details of Gadget Master work in progress, so thanks to Tom for recently sharing his work with us. It involves a school electronics project to build a prototype robotic guide dog, no less!

Gameduino spritely takes centre stage


We've often sung the praises of the Arduino, but this has never involved the subject of gaming. Well, you can now connect your Arduino system to a VGA monitor and speakers, to enable writing an Arduino sketch to create video games...