A Drone You Can Program – Introducing PlutoX

A Drone You Can Program – Introducing PlutoX

The PlutoX Aerial Robotics Kit is a DIY quadcopter that you can program and add your own hardware to. This unique device is perfect for experimenters, hobbyists and basically anyone who is interested in developing a project that can fly.

In this article I’ll introduce you to the PlutoX and to the Cygnus IDE, the development environment you’ll use to write code for the drone.

Arduino UV Index Meter – Measuring UV Light

Arduino UV Index Meter – Measuring UV Light

Ultraviolet Light is used in many industrial and medical applications. We also receive a dose of UV light from sunshine, and while a little UV light is good for you excessive exposure can lead to eye and skin damage.

In this article I will explain how to safely work with ultraviolet light and I’ll show you how to build a UV Index Meter that can accurately measure the level of UV and help keep you safe in the sunshine.

So grab your hat and sunscreen and follow along!

Powering Your Electronics Projects – Voltage Regulators and Converters

Powering Your Electronics Projects – Voltage Regulators and Converters

One of the most important, yet most overlooked, aspect of building a project is designing a method of giving it power. Power sources like batteries and AC adapters are only half of the answer, you still need to provide logic-level voltages to safely power your devices.

In this article we will look at several methods of providing safe regulated power for your electronic designs.

DFRobot 5 DOF Robot Arm – Building the Robotic Arm

DFRobot 5 DOF Robot Arm – Building the Robotic Arm

The DF Robot 5 DOF Robot Arm kit is a high-quality robotic arm that you can assemble yourself. With heavy duty servo motors and sturdy aluminum parts this inexpensive arm is perfect for your robotics experiments

Follow along as I assemble the robot arm. I’ll also build a simple robot arm controller based on the Arduino Nano and the PCA9685 16-channel PWM module.

Using Servo Motors with the Arduino

Using Servo Motors with the Arduino

Servo Motors are a staple for hobbyists in a variety of fields. Whether you’re building model planes and boats or working with robotics you are sure to come up with dozens of applications just perfect for a servo motor.

Come and explore the use of inexpensive analog servo motors. They are inexpensive and easy to use. When coupled with an Arduino you can build all sorts of projects that move.

And if you need LOTS of servo motors we have just the thing for you – the PCA9685 16 Channel PWM controller. Using this board you can control 16 servos with just two connections to your Arduino. And you can expand that to 992 servos if you really need a lot of motors!

Getting Moving with XOD – Robot Car Part 1

Getting Moving with XOD – Robot Car Part 1

XOD is a method of programming an Arduino using a graphical IDE instead of writing code. In XOD you use a collection of “nodes” connected by “links” to program your Arduino.

In this second installment on our series on XOD I’ll show you some ways of improving your XOD projects by using multiple patches, custom nodes and XOD libraries.

But the real fun is that in this article we’ll also start working on a practical project – a XOD robot! So let’s get started.