Tiny Robot

Tiny Robot
Tiny Robot

Friday, 26 November 2010

Avoider Robots

Avoider robots use sensors to avoid objects. They can navigate around a room, and around objects, without touching or bumping into them. Jamie and Howard used a Microrobot Avoider, to capture some ground level video. In the first video, you see the action of the avoider from our point of view. In the second video, a FlyCamOne (normally used on board radio controlled planes) was attached to the top of the robot.

We attached a FlyCamOne video camera to the top of the robot. This enabled the capture of video from ground level. The quality is not as good as the video above, partly because light levels were too low in the room. Next time we'll do this in day light!

Tabletop Line Tracer Experiments

Jamie and Howard used a Microrobot Line Tracer to follow a track around a large table. Large black felt tip pens were used to draw the track, which was about 2cm wide.

After some adjustments to the left and right wheel speeds, and the sensors, it worked perfectly. Watch the video below.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Maker Faire 2011

Maker Faire 2011 returns 12-13 March 2011.  The world-famous Maker Faire returns to the UK to headline Newcastle ScienceFest. Expect a weekend of cool robots, garden-shed inventions, knitted wonders, the occasional fireball and oodles of opportunities to make your own creations. Perfect for creative people of all ages!

Thursday, 18 November 2010


This is a blog that will document Howard Smith and Jamie Young's adventures in robotics. We picked up some robot kits from Active Robots to get us started.

We now have a line tracer robot and avoider robot from MicroRobots. We also have a light-seeking mouse from Solarbotics. As our experiments progress, we'll share what happened in this blog.