Archive for December, 2008

Instructable: DIY Servo Extensions.

December 15, 2008

Servos are great when building a robot and you want to be able to rotate back and forth like you’re looking for something. You may have sensors that scout around for another robot and putting it on top of a servo provides that mobility. Servos are also very useful when building a robotic arm and many other things.

One problem you’ll run into is wires that aren’t  long enough to reach from your controller to the servos. That is when you need servo extensions.

Arduino servo extensions

Arduino servo extensions

This Instructable page for DIY Servo Extensions will lead you through the process of making your own servo extensions.

(c) 2009 – Vince Thompson

Online Electronics Textbooks

December 4, 2008

Lessons In Electronic Circuits is a free series of textbooks on electricity and electronics.

There is a series of six volumes focusing on:

  • DC circuits
  • AC circuits
  • Semiconductors
  • Digital
  • Reference
  • Experiments

Getting DIY Robotics Labs Started.

December 4, 2008

I’ve been a member of robotics clubs for several years and an active mentor with FIRST robotics teams in the Kansas City area. I’ve noticed while helping FIRST students that there is the lack of robotics at the personal level.  The FIRST robot kit of parts are too expensive for mom and dad to buy the same parts to play with at home. Also, many homeschool students don’t have access to the same level of robotics parts and resources for their studies.

Getting started with robotics doesn’t have to be overly expensive. This blog is dedicated to getting people started experimenting with robotics at home.

(c) 2009 – Vince Thompson