Sunday, May 17, 2009

Meccano Spykee Wi-Fi Spy Robot

I heard of this robot few month earlier and it really attracted me.
You all know about good feature of skype and if those are plugged into robot you can imagine how 
interesting it would be. Many people have Wi-Fi network at home now a days, and this robot is connected to Internet using your home or office Wi-Fi, you can remotely operate this robot via internet and talk to you your family, kids especially.

The Spykee Robot is spy robot kit that stands at approximately 1 foot tall. 
Once built, this remarkable robot acts as your walking, talking spy, a wireless VOIP phone, 
a webcam, a digital music player for your MP3s, and personal video surveillance thanks 
to Spyke's motion detector. The Spykee comes with 210 parts and is compatible
 with other 
Meccano sets for customization.

• Spy robot - Spyke moves, watches, speaks and listens 
VOIP phone - Use your Spyke as a wireless VOIP phone (compatible with Skype 3.0 PC technology) 
• Digital Music Player - listen to your own music over Wi-Fi with Spyke 
• Video Surveillance - When a movement is detected, Spyke activates an alarm on your computer or sends you a picture by email
• Other play functions include snapshot, sound and video recording, light, voice and sound effects and video filters 
Wi-Fi card included 
• Motion sensors activate automatically when something happens 
• Returns to recharging station automatically when battery is low 
• Control on local Wi-Fi connection or remotely via internet 

Run the comprehensive software and you have a Wi-Fi enabled robot that can be controlled on a 
local connection or remotely from the Internet on a well-crafted and easy-to-navigate MMI or 
Machine Man Interface. This page can be opened using the CD ROM provided.

See how it looks like before you purchase.

For further details and to purchase this item you can go to

Need Robot Parts

There are lot of online stores from where you can get the robot parts but i really like the for this purpose, they support variouse payment methods including money order and wire transfer. you can also use paypal. Following are some caretories fromar

get some electronic items from Peats and Maplin, 
but they dont have a wide range of robotic items. so you many need to order online.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Boe-Bot Robot with Bluetooth

There are 3 types of Boe-Bot avilable with USB, Serial and Blue tooth version. But blue tooth version is realy rocking one. This Boe-Bot robot is paired with the eb500 Bluetooth  Transceiver AppMod, a
 winning  hardware combination to use with your PC as a base station. When used in conjunction with other PC programming environments,  tremendous opportunities exist for large-vo
lume datalogging, remote operation, web monitoring, real-time data analysis, and more. The choice is yours!

Sensors to make your Robot more intelligent
Boe-Bot come with all necessary items you require to built a bot. Additionally you can get sensors to have more experimeno ts.

  1. Co Gas Sensor Module
  2. CH4 Gas Sensor Module
  3. Digital Thermometer
  4. Flexiforce Sensor Kit
  5. Tri-Axis Accelerometer
  6. Compass Module
  7. Relavtive Humidity Sensor
  8. Infrared Receiver
  9. IR Transmitter Kit
  10. Temperature Sensor Kit
  11. LPG Gas Sensor
  12. GPS Receiver
  13. Ultrasonic Sensor
  14. QTI Sensor
  15. Color Sensor
  16. Light to Frequency Converter

Crawler Kit

You can make your Boe-Bot Robot a Crawler by adding Boe-Bot Crawler kit, which can be additionaly purchased. The Crawler runs on standard Boe-Bot source code with only minor adjustments for ground speed. Sample PBASIC code is included in the documentation.

Gripper Kit
You can covert your Boe-Bot Robot in a lifter by Gripper Kit. Gripper Kit adds pick-up and carry capability to your Boe-Bot Robot. The Gripper features parallel plates that open, clamp onto and lift objects all with one cleverly utilized Parallax Standard Servo. Since the Gripper's servo plugs right into a servo port on the Board of Education, no additional battery pack is needed. The lightweight but sturdy aluminum, brass and plastic Gripper hardware weighs less than 7 ounces.

Sample Programme of Boe-Bot...

This program will prompt you for the number of pulses to send to the servos, and then the pulse width to transmit to each servo.  The program sends about 43 pulses per second, so 43 pulses would give you 1 second of run time, 86 would give you 2 seconds, and so on.  For speed control, 800 is about full speed counterclockwise, 700 is full speed clockwise, and 750 is stop.  If you want a wheel to go half speed counter clockwise, try about 775.  Half speed clockwise, would be about 725, and so on. 


' Sample.bs2

' {$STAMP BS2}

' {$PBASIC 2.5}

pulseCnt       VAR     Word

pulseLeft      VAR     Word

pulseRight     VAR     Word

counter        VAR     Word

'Wait FOr the eb500 radio To be ready.

PAUSE 1000

'Wait for the EB500 Bluetooth connection to be established.


SEROUT 1, 84, [CLS,

                   "Click the Debug Terminal's",

               CR, "transmit windowpane and..." ]



   SEROUT 1, 84, [CR, CR, "Enter number of pulses: "]

    SERIN 0, 84, [DEC pulseCnt]

    SEROUT 1, 84, [DEC pulseCnt]

    SEROUT 1, 84, [CR, "Enter left servo",

                       "pulse width: "]

    SERIN 0, 84, [DEC pulseLeft]

    SEROUT 1, 84, [DEC pulseLeft]

    SEROUT 1, 84, [CR, "Enter right servo",

                       "pulse width: "]

    SERIN 0, 84, [DEC pulseRight]

    SEROUT 1, 84, [DEC pulseRight]

    SEROUT 1, 84, [CR, "Executing..."]

    FOR counter = 1 TO pulseCnt

      PULSOUT 13, pulseLeft

      PULSOUT 12, pulseRight

      PAUSE 20



If you are a beginner and need to learn about Microcontrollers and Sensors, i will highly recommend this to you. You can learn more about it at...

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)

RFID has become very popular now a days, it being used as auto data collection (ADC) technology in many fiel
ds for example Passports, Libraries, School, Universities, Hospitals, Stores and Museums.

RFID is way of tracking objects using the radio waves typically called an RFID tag. Some tags can be read from several meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader.

There are two major parts, One is an integrated circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and demodulating aradio-frequency (RF) signal, and other specialized functions.The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal.

On the other hand some say that using this technology for identification is a security threat, for example countries that put RFID in passports include Norway, Japan, most EU countries including Ireland and UK, Australia and the United States, Serbia, Republic of Korea.

See this artical at InfoSecurity.Us!

For further details you can visit...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Traxster .NET Micro Framework Kit

Wirte your own progrmms for Traxster robot using .NET Micro Framework Robotic Kit.

. Now you can learn the .Net Micro Framework, and use it develop cool autonomous applications using the Traxster Robot! This is the coolest .NET Micro Framework development kit available!
The Traxster MF Robot Kit uses one of our Serializer Robot Controllers for the low level sensory and motor control, and features the SJJMicro EDKPlus development kit that serves as the .NET MF brains. The EDKPlus kit is based on the 200 Mhz iPac-9302 ARM9 processor, which is where the Tiny CLR runs.
Developing managed C# applications for the Traxster MF is extremely easy, and deployment is a snap. Managed applications deployed to the EDKPlus board are non-volatile. Thus, the application starts right up once power is applied.
This kit comes packed with hardware and user documentation, including a Visual Studio 2005 Solution containing the source code for the SerializerLibMF library and useful examples.
Want to learn the .NET Micro Framework, and have tons of fun doing it? The Traxster MF Kit is your development solution!

For futher details see...

Microsoft Axum for .Net

Build Parallel Applications using Axum

Axum is a language that builds upon the architecture of the Web and principles of isolation, actors, and message-passing to increase application safety, responsiveness, scalability, and developer productivity.
Other advanced concepts we are exploring are data flow networks, asynchronous methods, and type annotations for taming side-effects.

Virtualization with Hyper-V

Well this is not a very new technology but i am realy loving it now, it can reduce the cost and management effectively. With Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology. This enables you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine and also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.

For further details see

Blu-ray Disc Technology

Its has been more than year this technology is avilable. Most of the new Sony laptops has this technology. Blu-ray Disc is an optical disc storage medium designed by Sony to take the place of the standard DVD format. Its main purposes are high-definition video and data storage with 50GB per disc. The disc has the same physical dimensions as standard DVDs and CDs use to have.
The name Blu-ray Disc is derived from the blue laser used to read and write to this type of disc.

Pololu 3pi Robot

Just heard about 3pi robot on a magzine very good and cheap robot kit. 
That can be programmed in C language. I really
 like its speed. 
The Pololu 3pi robot is a complete, high-performance mobile platform featuring two micro metal gearmotors, five reflectance sensors, an 8×2 character LCD, a buzzer, and three user pushbuttons, all conn
ected to a C-programmable ATmega168 microcontroller. Capable of speeds exceeding 3 feet per second, 3pi is a
 great first robot for ambitious beginners
 and a perfect second robot for those looking to move up from non-programmable or slower beginner robots.

Windows 7 Release Candidate

Welcome to Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) testing. We're on our way to Windows 7, and if you like trying out pre-release software, now’s your chance. You get to see what's coming, and we get to see if our changes and fixes from the Beta testing are working correctly.

How do you test the software? You put it on your PC, and then do what you'd normally do. Your PC will automatically and anonymously send our engineers the information they need to verify the fixes and changes they made based on the Windows 7 Beta tests