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Blogs about Robots

Blogs about Robots

  • A triumph for #Philae and #cometlanding

    Bill Marshall

    The big-budget space explorer project mentioned in a previous blog post, Rosetta, reached a climax last week. The excitement began on Wednesday morning at about 9 o’clock when the comet lander Philae began its descent to the surface of comet 67P. Unlike the frantic ‘seven minutes of terror’ that preceded the robot rover Curiosity’s arrival on Mars, Philae’s journey took place in comparative slow-motion and lasted seven hours.


    • Johnny 6 is alive!


      Designing a custom plate for the Arduino Robot, adding jumbo LEDs and displaying readings from an ultrasonic distance sensor to the LCD.


      • FORTHdsPIC on a MicroStick

        Bill Marshall

        The last episode of the FORTHdsPIC saga introduced version 0.5 with its new ability to work in an embedded ‘turnkey’ application. I thought I’d take a break from adding new functionality and try porting it across to a more mainstream platform – the Microchip MicroStick II. Production of a User Manual also seemed to be a good idea.


        • Big-budget, Low-budget & Recycled Space Explorers

          Bill Marshall

          As I type this, a dramatic rescue operation is underway far out in space. OK it’s not exactly Apollo 13 and the spacecraft involved is an old unmanned NASA science probe called ISEE-3 launched back in 1978. At the same time the first ‘official’ UK CubeSat UKube-1 has begun orbiting the Earth. These low-budget projects have rather overshadowed the approaching climax of the big-budget ESA Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet.


          • AIR-Robotique


            Petite présentation de notre association : l'AIR-Robotique (Anciens Ingénieurs de Roanne en Robotique), ainsi que du robot autonome créé pour la Coupe de France de Robotique 2014.


            • FORTHdsPIC gets Embedded and Walks Alone

              Bill Marshall

              Last year I embarked upon a project to write a FORTH language interpreter/compiler from scratch to run on a Microchip PIC24 or dsPIC microcontroller. So far most of the development has taken place on an RS Embedded Development Platform using Microchip PIM processor modules. By version 0.4, FORTH programs could be compiled and run in the device RAM with an attached host PC providing terminal emulation. Now with version 0.5 user programs can be transferred to the device non-volatile Flash memory and run without the host PC. In other words FORTHdsPIC can now be used in embedded applications.