Racing Robots!

Have you ever wanted to prove your superiority by embarrassing a friend in a race? Well, now you can with my racing robots project! Using the chipKIT WF32, a Leap Motion Controller, and LabVIEW, I was able to use the Leap Motion Controller to control the speed of a robot.

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Making a (Turbo!) Cookie Cutter in Tinkercad

We’ve been doing a lot with 3D printing around the office lately. Kaitlyn has been using Tinkercad primarily for making robot parts for the Digilent MRK and SRK, but she obviously didn’t start with a project on that level. To begin, she decided to make something simpler to get used to Tinkercad’s basic functionality. A cookie cutter seemed like a good place to start, so Turbo (our MakerSpace mascot) lent his likeness to it.

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Recapping the Week: June 7-June 13

It’s been a gorgeous (and desperately hot) summer out here so far, and we can’t think of a better way to spend an oppressively hot day than to switch on fleet of oscillating fans, pile on some ice packs, and enjoy some of the latest events and projects that Digilent’s blog has to offer! We’ve also been harnessing the seemingly infinite energy of a few new interns to aid us in the prep for ASEE, so be sure to check back for updates on the conference later next week.

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Solar Powered Robot — UV Index vs. Solar Energy

If you’ve been around the Digilent Blog, you’ve probably seen a lot of robots. Remember Susan the Line-Following Pig? Well, I recently found a small, portable solar panel in the MakerSpace at Digilent and I was inspired to build a solar-powered robot. Similar to Susan, I will be using the chipKIT Pro MX4 and the Digilent Motor Robot Kit (MRK) for my solar-powered design. However, when I first came up with this idea, it was the middle of winter. That being said, sunlight was quite a bit more scarce, especially up here in Pullman, WA. I first had to ask an important question: will I have enough sun?

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Maker Faire Recap Part 1

What a (last) weekend! The MakerSpace at Digilent traveled all the way down to San Mateo for the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, our first Maker Faire as a MakerSpace. This is the first post in a series recapping what we saw and did. We had an amazing turnout at our booth, which you’ll hear about in a later post. To start us off, we each wrote a bit about our first impressions of Maker Faire as a whole. I’ll keep my part short as this is going to be a long post already!

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Aleph 1.0, the Internet-Controlled Microscope Robotic Manipulator

Aleph 1.0 is a remote-controlled robotic manipulator for biological or chemical probes. Its purpose is to allow scientists to safely manipulate and analyze biohazardous or toxic substances, or to simply observe or interact with small probes and/or devices that must be contained in controlled environments. Instructables user kovari_andrei provides a tutorial for doing just that. It uses the chipKIT Pro MX7, and we’re thrilled to see our products being used in such cool ways.

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The “Boring” Robot

Two California hotels tested autonomous service robots over a six-month period. Reviews from their customers were overwhelmingly positive (except when aforementioned customers were intoxicated). They will be rolling out their next wave of autonomous service robots, called the Relay.

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Recapping the Week: February 1-7

What a week it’s been! Between the beginning of new month, Groundhog Day, and some big changes to the blog (we hope you’ve noticed that we are now publishing multiple times per day), it’s been a busy one. We’re also going to have this kind of post every Saturday that rounds up some of the fun stuff we’ve done at Digilent and other cool links from around the web that we like. Check them out!

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