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13 Jul 2010

Panobotor is a robot used to take panoramic and orbital photos using a DSLR camera. It’s build by Mhepekka and on the link below you can find construction details and source code. Machine uses an arduino board and standar servos. [via]

Panobotor: a DIY panoramic machine - [Link]

9 Jun 2010

David Carr build a 3-axis CNC milling machine on the cheap. His machine is build on wood, costs around 90$ and can mill wood, steel or even small PCBs. Project schematics and drawing can be found on his website below. [via]

Build a 3 axis milling machine for under $100 - [Link]

22 May 2010

This project shows an 3-Wire DC Fan rpm regulator with intelligent duty cycle adjustment. The circuit will try to maintain the preselected rotation speed by adjusting duty cycle and receiving feedback from fan output. Check full project details on the link below.

PIC 3-Wire Fan RPM Controller - [Link]

16 Apr 2010

To control the direction of a motor you have to be able to control the current flow throught it. To do this specialized ICs are used intergrating a circuit called H-Bridge. In the link below you can find a tutorial on how to use Texas Instruments L293NE or Texas Instruments SN754410. [via]

How to use L293NE to control a motor - [Link]

15 Dec 2009


The EasyDriver is a simple to use stepper motor driver that is controlled using 5V pulses. There is two inputs, one for setting the direction and another for controlling steps of motor. It can drive bi-polar motors up to 750mA/phase.  Power supply range from 7V to 30V and it is based on Allegro A3967 driver chip.

EasyDriver Stepper Motor Driver - [Link]

13 Oct 2009
Emilio Ficara writes:
I have a smartphone and I can run a web server on it, but I want to put the smartphone on a rover and drive the motors to run it into my house. So I developed this small circuit, based on ATtiny2313 microcontroller, that activates relays under smartphone control using simply DTMF (dialtone) sounds emitted by the speaker.
I have on my site the whole documentation about the project: the schematic diagrams of the circuit, based on ATtiny2313 microcontroller, the firmware to burn in the micro, two CAB autoinstalling file to run test application on a smartphone and the full project source for one of them, written with FBA, a free environment for developing smartphone or pockectPC applications; thanks to the source files, a user can easily modify the test program for his needs. The circuit has a microphone, a small analog circuitry to amplify the sound and decode the DTMF tones, a microcontroller that puts on serial port ASCII characters corresponding to the decoded DTMF tones, and three relays, indipently controlled with specific dialtones. The test application on smartphone has controls to individually turn ON or OFF the relays and a small sequencer, user modifiable, to control the relays automatically at programmed time.

 DTMF-remote – Activate relays with your smartphone - [Link]

29 Jun 2009

Motors are everywhere! From robots to remote-controlled cars, any DIY hobbyist will very quickly find themselves trying to control a motor with a microcontroller. Luckily, simple control of a brushed DC motor is easy, and only requires a few components. Have you ever tried spinning a motor with the contacts connected together? Or seen sparks as you connect and disconnect your motor? What consequences do those things have on how you control the motor and protect your other circuitry? There are instructions out there that allow you to build a complicated motor controller that might work, however in this video tutorial we take a step back and go over some of the very basic things you need to think about when using motors, because so much is dependent on understanding the details of your specific situation. From stall current, to back-EMF, we present 9 small experiments you should try to get a better sense of how the motor is going to behave in your circuit. The tutorial also goes over how to connect a simple motor to a microcontroller, and turn it on and off using a 2N7000 n-channel MOSFET and a few other parts. The topic of power electronics goes much, much deeper. Often times, it is necessary to consider power dissipation, switching frequencies, gate capacitance, and when trying to drive a motor in both directions, an H-bridge is required. However, we have to start somewhere, and there is nowhere better to start than with experimentation!

Using motors with microcontrollers - [Link]

5 Nov 2008

PID motor control with an Arduino from Josh Kopel on Vimeo.

This is a nice example of scavenging parts from an inkjet printer to make cool stuff. It uses an Arduino and a Motor Shield to control the DC motor. The web site has a lot more information and the source code to get you started. [via]

Using a DC motor as a servo with PID control – [Link]

31 Oct 2008

One of the nice things about flying electric is you can test run your motor in the house, workshop, or in the yard and the neighbors won’t complain. The problem is how to control the speed of the motor. One way is to use the plane, radio, and speed control with the motor in it. That’s no fun! Mount the motor on the bench and just plug the battery into the motor. That’s even worse! It’s hard on the motor and gearbox.

To solve the “It’s hard on the motor and gearbox” problem I made myself an Adjustable Voltage Control unit (speed control) so I can slowly bring the motor up to speed.

Adjustable Voltage motor controller for motor testing - [Link]

24 Oct 2008

Servo motor is very useful in robotic. I used servo motors to create few robots in the past. But I never think of using servo motor as input device, and mahto did it. Making servo motor as input device, you can now record the position of the servo motor and play it back the sequence of actions afterward. [via]

Servo Motor as Input Device - [Link]





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