Tutorials from the DroneBot WorkshopIt’s always great to learn something new. Here at the DroneBot Workshop, there are lots of tutorials to quickly make you an expert on all sorts of exciting subjects.

I cover everything from basic electronic theory to working with microcontrollers and using sensors. No matter what level you’re at, you’re sure to find a tutorial that is just your speed.

Check out the tutorials here and also make sure to visit the YouTube Channel where you will find lots of instructional videos to help you out.

And keep checking back, I’m always making new tutorials!

Getting Started with the NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

The NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a powerful AI development platform that can be had for only 99 US dollars.

Today we will look at the Nano and set one up with a microSD card image. We'll also run a few test programs to show off its capabilities.

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Using BIG Stepper Motors with Arduino

In this article I will show you how to control a very large stepper motor using an Arduino and a microstep motor driver module.

We will also examine how to read and interpret stepper motor specifications, and why the "voltage" rating doesn't really mean anything.

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Prototyping & Breadboarding

Prototyping and breadboarding is an essential skill for anyone working with electronics or experimenting with microcontrollers and microcomputers.

In this article I will show you the basics of breadboarding, along with some breadboard accessories that you are sure to find useful.

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I2C Part 2 - Build an I2C Sensor

In our second look at using the I2C bus we will build our own I2C sensor, one that has four ultrasonic distance sensors.

We'll also learn about the protocol used by I2C communications

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Programming the Arduino Pro Mini

Learn how to use and program the Arduino Pro Mini, using an FTDI adapter and the Arduino IDE.

We will also use a 3.3-volt Pro Mini to build a battery-powered robot arm controller for the MeArm

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I2C Communications Part 1 - Arduino to Arduino

This is the first of a series of articles about using I2C. Today I will explain what I2C is and show you the Arduino Wire Library

We will run two demonstrations. The first demo will show you how to exchange data between two Arduinos using I2C. The second demo will describe how to control an LED on a slave Arduino with a potentiometer on a master.

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Using Rotary Encoders with Arduino

Rotary encoders are versatile devices that can be used both as controls and as measurement tools.

Today I will show you two ways of using rotary encoders - as a control for a servo motor and to measure RPM on a gear motor

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SD Card Experiments with Arduino

SD and microSD cards are a simple way to add huge amounts of non-volatile storage to your Arduino designs. In this article, I will show you how to use SD card modules with the Arduino.

I will also show you how to record and playback the motion of a servo motor.

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Using a Real Time Clock with Arduino

Introduction The Arduino is an amazing device. It’s useful for prototyping and can also be used to construct a complete project. It has an analog to digital converters (ADC), digital I/O pins, it handles interrupts and it can communicate viaRead More »

Control Large DC Gearmotors with PWM & Arduino

Pulse Width Modulation, or PWM, is an excellent method of controlling DC motors, however controlling large gearmotors can be expensive and difficult - but it doesn't have to be.

Today I will introduce you to an inexpensive yet powerful H-Bridge motor driver, the Cytron MD10C.

In addition, we will see how altering the PWM frequency can improve performance tremendously.

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Using OLED Displays with Arduino

OLED displays are bright, lightweight and visible under a wide range of lighting conditions. They are available with both I2C and SPI interfaces and in this article, I'll show you how to hook up and use both types with an Arduino.

In addition, we will build an Arduino OLED Temperature and Humidity Meter using an OLED and an I2C temperature and humidity sensor.

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WiFi Stepper Motor Controller

The WiFi Stepper is exactly what its name would imply - a board that lets you control a stepper motor via WiFi. Its full-featured web-based interface gives you complete control of your motor, and it can support steppers of all sizes up to 85 volts at 10 amps!

Today I'll demonstrate how to use this versatile board. I'll hook it up, learn how to use it and even run a simple Bash script on a Raspberry Pi to demonstrate how to incorporate it in your programs.

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Experiments with the RCWL-0516 - Doppler Radar Distance Sensor

The RCWL-0156 is an inexpensive yet useful proximity sensor that can be used on its own or with a microcontroller like an Arduino Uno.

The device is unique in that it uses microwaves and Doppler Radar to detect moving objects

In this article I will show you how the device works on its own and how we can add an Arduino (or two) to create some useful projects

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From Arduino Uno to ATmega328 - Shrinking your Arduino Projects

Learn how to transfer your Arduino Uno projects onto an ATmega328 chip so you can build a permanent version without sacrificing your Uno.

In this article I will show you a simple Star Wars Music Box project that can be built on an Arduino and then transferred to an ATmega328

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Pixy2 Camera - Object Recognition with Arduino & Raspberry Pi

The Pixy2 is an amazing camera that is capable of object detection, line tracking and barcode reading. All this in a tiny and very affordable little package

In this article I'll take a look at the Pixy2. I'll show you how to hook it up to an Arduino and how to train it to recognize objects. You wil see how easy it is to work with this camera to add vision sensing to your next project

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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!

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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.

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DF Robot LIDAR Sensors - Getting Started with LIDAR

Introduction One advancing technology that has been impossible to ignore lately has been the work with self driving vehicles.  These vehicles have gone from scientific curiosity to mainstream within a few short years and soon we’ll be seeing them asRead More »

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!

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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.

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RGB LEDS - Colorful Arduino Experiments

RGB (Red-Green-Blue) LEDs are versatile devices that can add color and functionality to your Arduino projects.

In this article we’ll examine the different types or RGB LEDs available to experimenters and see how to best use them with an Arduino. It promises to be a very colorful read!

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Arduino Visual Programming - Getting Started with XOD

XOD is a free visual programming language that makes Arduino programming simple for anyone, without writing a single line of code!

This is the first article in a series about using XOD with the Arduino. In this article you’ll learn what XOD is, how to install it and how to create your first XOD programs

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Using LCD Displays with Arduino

Liquid Crystal Displays or LCDs are an excellent way to display characters and data in your Arduino projects. They are inexpensive and very easy to use.

In this article you'll learn how to add LCD displays to your Arduino project, both hardwired and using the I2C bus connection. You will also learn to use a popular LCD Keypad Shield which as a 2-line LCD along with 6 push buttons.

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Wireless Joystick for Arduino Robot Car with nRF24L01+

Learn to use the popular nRF24L01 radio modules with an Arduino, using the RadioHead library.

In this article we will conduct several experiments sending data between two Arduinos with the nRF24L01. We will then take what we have learned and build a wireless joystick controller for our robot car!

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Hacking the Google AIY Voice Kit - Part 2- Voice Control

Time to take a second look at the Google AIY Voice Kit. In this installment I’ll take the AIY Voice Kit out of its cardboard box and put it onto a breadboard so that I can experiment with using the kit to control devices like LEDs and DC Motors.

Follow along as I use the Google Cloud Speech API and some Python code to make the AIY Voice Kit come to life!

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Using Inexpensive 433MHz Transmit and Receive Modules with Arduino

Those inexpensive RF transmitter and receiver modules that you can get on eBay and Amazon are perfect when you need a low-cost method of sending one-way data between two Arduinos.

In this article you’ll learn how these modules work and how to use them in your next Arduino project.

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Stepper Motors with Arduino - Getting Started with Stepper Motors

Stepper motors are used in a variety of devices ranging from 3D printers and CNC machines to Blu Ray drives, cameras and even analog clocks.

In this article you’ll learn how steppers work, the difference between bipolar and unipolar stepper motors and how to control both of them with an Arduino.

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Using the HC-SR501 PIR Motion Sensor - With Arduino & Raspberry Pi

The HC-SR501 is a Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensor that is extremely useful. It can be used all by itself or combined with an Arduino or Raspberry Pi

In this article you'll learn how a PIR sensor works and you'll build some cool projects using the HC-SR501. You can even make a motion activated camera that will tell you who is stealing your Jelly Beans!

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Using IR Remote Controls with Arduino

IR Remote controls are all around us in every room of our homes. Using an Arduino we can decode and repurpose our existing IR Remotes and build our own custom remote controls

In this article you'll learn how IR Remote Controls work and how to use inexpensive IR sensors and LEDs to do magic things with infrared light!

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Hacking the Google AIY Voice Kit - Part 1 - Putting it Together

The Google AIY Voice kit allows you to build a natural language recognizer using a Raspberry Pi 3. The kit includes the Voice HAT, a very hackable component which will allow you to not only build your own version of a Google Home device but can also be used to interface with external devices and create your own voice-controlled projects.

In this first of three article about hacking the Google AIY Voice Kit we will build the device and test it out.

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Using the HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor with Arduino

The HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Distance Sensor is a staple in robotics projects. This inexpensive device is capable of measuring the distance between itself and the nearest solid object from 2 to 400 centimeters. Exactly what you need to keep your bots from driving into walls!

In this article we'll look at this sensor in depth, including ways to make it even more accurate by compensating for temperature and humidity. There's lots of Arduino code to be has as well, so dig in!

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Soldering the Raspberry Pi Zero GPIO Connector

Here's a quick tip for soldering a 40-pin GPIO connector to a Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero W. While it's not a difficult solder job the problem many folks have is getting everything aligned and held together while you do the soldering.

In this article I'll show you a trick I use to make this job a lot easier. And unlike some other methods this one won't sacrifice a solderless breadboard

So warm up the soldering iron and get ready to add a GPIO header to your Pi Zero!

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Controlling DC Motors with the L298N Dual H-Bridge and an Arduino

Controlling DC Motors is an essential skill for constructing robots and other hobby projects. An easy way to control DC motors is to use an L298N H-Bridge, an inexpensive component that you can buy from several sources.

Fear not if you’ve never heard of the L298N or if you don’t know what an H-Bridge is - in this article I’ll show you everything you need to know to start making things move with an Arduino. We’ll even construct a simple Robot Car that you can pilot using a Joystick.

So let’s get our motors running and learn all about the L298N H-Bridge!

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Meet the Arduino Family

Uno's, Megas, Gemma's, Nanos - the Arduino family is a huge clan, especially when you factor in the Genuino cousins and all of the Arduino clones and single-chip solutions. Each family member has its own unique personality too!

Let's meet some of the members of the Arduino family and learn which Arduino would be best suited for your next application.

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Don't get Zapped by Static Electricity!

It's hard to say anything nice about static electricity. It causes things to stick to your socks, makes it difficult to comb your hair and can give you a nasty zap when you touch a doorknob after walking across a carpet!

Even worse, static electricity is a deadly enemy for electronic components. A static shock can completely destroy or severely degrade fragile semiconductor devices. In this article we'll examine what you can do to prevent that from happening to your precious components and circuit boards.

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Tools for Your Electronics Workbench

Electronics can be a fun and rewarding hobby especially when you have the right tools and test equipment. A lot of people think that some of the specialized equipment for working with electronics is beyond their reach but this isn't true at all. You'll be amazed how much you can get within the constraints of a small budget.

In this detailed article I'll discuss the tools that you need for working with electronics and how to select them. So read on and learn how to pick the right tools to do the job!

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Getting Started Building Robots

Robots are the ultimate experimenters project. Nothing else lets you unleash your creativity more than designing a robot. And now with the availability of things like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi along with a wide assortment of mechanical parts and the ability to make your own with a 3D printer, robots have become a project that any dedicated experimenter can work on.

There are so many components and design considerations that must be taken into account when building a robot, This can often be overwhelming, especially when you're creating your first automated device. This article should provide a firm foundation for getting started on your first (or next) robotics project.

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What is a Raspberry Pi?

You've probably heard of the Raspberry Pi, it's an inexpensive single-board computer that can be used for just about anything. But what exactly do you get when you purchase a Raspberry Pi?

If you're curious about the Raspberry Pi then hopefully this article should shed some light. I'll explain exactly what a Raspberry Pi is, how you can obtain one, what extra items you'll need in order to get it working and finally what you can do with it once you get it up and running.

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So Exactly What is the Internet of Things?

The "Internet of Things" or "IoT" is one of those buzzwords that you hear more and more of these days. But like the term “working in the cloud” it's something that not everyone completely understands.

In this article I'll introduce you to the Internet of Things. I will examine what it is, what it means to your future and how you can get involved by building really cool devices to take advantage of it now. So follow me on your Guide to the Internet of Things.

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How does a Quadcopter Work?

Quadcopters and drones - they're in the news and in the air! And while they might just look like souped-up helicopters not everyone knows exactly how they fly. Come to think of it, not everyone knows how a helicopter flies either!

In this article I'll explain how a quadcopter works - how it flies and what components are used to put together one of these amazing little devices. If you're planning on building your own quadcopter one day then this is mandatory reading!

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