Tag Archives: Robot


In 2012 I wrote about my “first” robot, the “rob01“. But actually it is not true that this was my first autonomous robot. Lately my father found the long lost “rob00″ on his attic. In ~1988 I build a robot at school as part of an entry to “Jungend Forscht“, together with my fried Gustav […]

A Tin Can Robot – The Idea

Since R2D2 from StarWars is very popular with my kids these days,  I started working on a tin can robot which looks something like R2D2 and is remote controllable through a Android device (cell phone, tablet, ..). The body is made from a can which originally was for coffee. As you can see in the […]

Carambot First Autonomous Drive

This shows the carambot driving around autonomously by using the ultrasonic range finder together with the pan servo. The algorithm used is pretty simple (see Python snipped after break).

Carambot Update

This is work in progress, so see it fail :-). What you see in the video is an update about the robot I am currently working on. It uses a Carambola MIPS SoC which communicates to a MSP430G2553 on a TI Launchpad through serial line. The Launchpad runs a “special” firmware I am currently working […]

Robot with MSP430 Launchpad as Brains

Longhorn engineer has has a nice and clean robot build with an MSP430 Lauchpad as Brains on his web-page. I like especially the design of the power supply: It has 3 switching power supplies providing 3V at 4A, 3.3V at 500mA, and 5V at 1A. The main power source is a single cell 3.7V lithium […]

PROJECT: rob01

I finally got around to post the description of my first robot project – called rob01. The primary goal of the project was to learn more on micro controllers and electronics by building a small robot which is able to drive autonomous as well as remote controlled by a human. The robot is based on […]