Thursday, August 17, 2017

History of Space Exploration

Cool poster! Read all about it here and study it in detail or buy your copy here. Lots of amazing robot history - of course.


VallejoBot

¡De una familia amable en nuestra Iglesia Latin@! 😉 - un nuevo robot brillante... El nombre es VallejoBot.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Coming Soon!

Coming soon to your local magazine stand and my mail box... Can't wait!  Way to go Carol Lynn Hazlett!


See my previous post here - https://roboticsunderthestole.blogspot.com/2017/06/art-with-blocklyprop.html - Guess I made the cover indirectly!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Old Bulletin Board Style Message...

From this image on Carol Lynn Hazlett's Facebook page...

I made the following...



Sunday, August 6, 2017

erco's MP3 Player

My pal, erco (Eric Ostendorff, a.k.a. Mr. Roboto, from Servo Magazine) does it again. Cheap fun project. Eric says, "DIY this quick self-contained DIY MP3+speaker module for $4 plus your micro SD card. Search Ebay for a $3 Catalex YX5300 UART Serial MP3 Music Player Module and grab a Dollar Tree amplified speaker. For file format & serial commands, see http://geekmatic.in.ua/pdf/Catalex_MP... and numerous sites like http://www.amazingtips247.co.uk/2015/..."



and with a BASIC Stamp... Catalex MP3 BS2 Demo (with code!)



' {$STAMP BS2}
' {$PBASIC 2.5}
' {$PORT COM4}

PAUSE 500
SEROUT 15,84,[$7E,$FF,$06,$0c,$00,$00,$00,$EF] ' reset chip
PAUSE 500
SEROUT 15,84,[$7E,$FF,$06,$09,$00,$00,$02,$EF] 'Select TF card
PAUSE 500
SEROUT 15,84,[$7E,$FF,$06,$06,$00,$00,$1E,$EF] ' Set volume (0x1Eis30)
PAUSE 500

B0=01
Main:
DEBUG DEC B0
SEROUT 15,84,[$7E,$FF,$06,$03,$00,$00,B0,$EF]
PAUSE 4000
B0=B0+1
GOTO main

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Robothon 2017 T Shirt


Above is this year's Robothon t-shirt design! The artwork was done by my good friend Carol Lynn Hazlett's nephew, Brent Rosenburgh. 

One of the T shirts will be on its way to Louisiana soon! ;-)

Robothon is annual robotic's competition of SRS, Seattle Robotics Society - seattlerobotics.org. They describe Robothon like this, "Robothon is a national event that showcases the capabilities and technological developments in robotics from the amateur robotics community. At this event, people from around the world come together to present new robotic technologies, share ideas, meet fellow robotic enthusiasts, show off their robotic creations and compete in many robotic competitions and activities."

More info is also available at the Robothon Facebook page.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

BlocklyProp - A Way In


The more I play with, experiment with, and use BloclyProp, the more convinced I am that this is truly a way in for programmers and roboticist of any age. It so simple and intuitive, a child can learn to use it in minutes, yet it allows complex programs to be written as well! This is a way in the door for a new group of hobbyists and makers who have longed to write their own code but were intimidated by syntax and the all the choices of programming languages. By generating C code (easily viewed), BlocklyProp is a teaching tool for learning C that is very accessible.

Thanks to Google for providing the open source tools and to Parallax's team for developing their own version for the Propeller Chip. BlocklyProp is fun to use, and a wonderful teaching tool. It is a new way for more folks to join the process of learning to create their own programs!