Free Course: Control of Mobile Robots

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. One of the courses included in 2013 is "Control of Mobile Robots" by Magnus Egerstedt, a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. According to the course summary, you will learn how to make mobile robots move in effective, safe, and predictable ways, avoid collisions while reaching target locations, as well as dabble with robots that fly, or walk. Sounds pretty cool! The next…continue reading →

Robot Platform including h-bridges from $10 R/C Car

This is an "instructable" on how to hack a cheap remote controlled toy car and turn it into an Arduino powered autonomous robot vehicle. It requires some soldering, so be prepared to mess around with wires on a tiny PCB and learn to de-solder a chip from a board! Once you master that though, you open endless possibilities for hacking and salvaging components from old "junk" electronics!continue reading →

Eagle PCB Editor – free version

EAGLE stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. This  software offers user friendly, powerful and affordable solutions for PCB design, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout and Autorouter. User Language Programs enable features such as simulation and 3D-visualization. There is a free version of the EAGLE PCB editor, with some features disabled.continue reading →

Fritzing virtual prototyping tools

Fritzing is an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product. We are creating this software in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, developing a tool that allows users to document their Arduino and other electronic-based prototypes, and to create a PCB layout for manufacturing. The complementing website helps users to share and discuss drafts and experiences as well as to reduce manufacturing costs.continue reading →

The Official Arduino web-site

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. There is a wealth of resources on their web-site: tutorials, examples, code libraries and a very active community in the forums.continue reading →