Programming ESC with Arduino

The story: I hit a break wall with ODrive. ODrive is an open source brushless DC motor (BLDC) driver built with robotics in mind (my application..). I don’t have faith in the project and after months of trying to make it fit my application I’m abandoning it. It’s painful to spend that kind of money…

Project Update: Spunk The Annoying Robot

The last robot I built was a Roomba Sumo Robot (Talos) for a small competition with co-workers. While collecting parts for this little eBay robot platform I got for somewhere in the neighborhood of 15$USD, I grabbed my Pololu motor controller and remember that I wrote that whole Sumo robot in ASM; that was a…

Quickstart guide to a basic PIC based robots – Part 1

While browsing for “goodies” on eBay I ran across a $9 robot chassis. How can you go wrong for $9? I haven’t built a robot since Talus my sumo Roomba, so I thought why not. If you’re looking for something like the model I purchased, check out eBay and do a search for “Robot Chassis”. …

Weekend stepper fun!

I got got home to take delivery of this front end frame piece. Now I’ll be busy this weekend working on electronic steering. The PIC 16F1509 will be controlling all steering functions. I’ve written a remarkable amount of code for how long it’s been since I worked I a project with a F628A and 18F1330…

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