September 23, 2014

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PBOT Graphical Programming with miniBloq

Pbot_Bloq

 

The PBOT is an entry level robotics platform that features 3 IR Collision Sensors, 3 Line Sensors and a 2 channel Motor driver. It is Compatible with all Gizduino Boards (An arduino derivative board) and all arduino form factor boards. It is a good starting point for beginners in the field of robotics. Line Follower, Sumo and Obstacle avoidance robot are some examples that can be done with this platform. To get things done, one needs a lot of programming to do what you like the robot would do. Using a Gizduino 328 board, it can be programmed using the Arduino IDE with the native C/C++ syntax. If you are a total beginner and do not have any background in programming but would love to learn can be troublesome. But there is still hope! It can be programmed with a graphical programming IDE  using Ardublock or Scratch for Android. Both IDE adds pure graphical programming to Arduino and Arduino compatible boards.

But wait! theres more! miniBloq is another graphical programming IDE that also generates the equivalent C code of the blocks good for learning the native language. Another good thing about miniBloq is its powerful XML backend that we could define custom hardware which means custom pin names for a specific hardware can be defined.

To get you started hardware file of the Pbot for the miniBloq is provided below. Extract the contents of the archive to miniBloq.v0.8x\hard and fire up miniBloq and start programming!

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September 19, 2014

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Hacking a cheapo PIR for projects

PIR Sensor

Cheap PIR sensor from a local store

This cheap PIR sensor with LED light is an eye catcher for hacks at only 150 Philippine peso. A generic PIR based on the LP0001 PIR controller chip and can readily be used for projects. The circuit reveals a basic circuit based on the datasheet of the controller chip, the signal from the output pin can be directly connected to any microcontroller. This model has a switch labelled on, off and auto. make sure that the switch is set to auto or you could bypass the switch by replacing it with a jumper.

Internals of the Module

Internals of the Module

 

Copper Side of the PCB

Copper Side of the PCB

Connections

Connections

PIR Sensor Interfaced to the Anito Board

PIR Sensor Interfaced to the Anito Board

Now that we have our connections we are now ready to use this cheap sensor to our projects. A demo using the Philrobotics Anito Board can be seen below.

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September 18, 2014

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Getting Started with the E-Gizmo IOT644

Today, we live in the Internet era where everything can be seen or controlled online. Internet of Things are becoming more and more popular. For us makers, the E-Gizmo IOT-644 board is a great starter board to build IOT projects. It is based on Atmel Atmega 644, double the memory and RAM of the Uno and […]

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August 12, 2013

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Philrobotics interviewed by Vigattin radio program

(Photo grabbed from http://vigattintourism.com/tourism/articles/Vigattin-Radio-with-Project-NOAH-and-PhilRobotics) Philrobotics has been interviewed last Saturday, August 10, 2013,  by Vigattin radio program (DZIQ 990kHz) along with Project Noah and International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) Bigas Hackathon organizer Ms. Bianca Ferrer. It was great looking back at how we’ve won the 1st Bigas Hackathon with lack of planning and the only […]

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January 20, 2013

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Getting Started With Philrobokit Presentation Material

Congratulations to Gigz for a successful Anino Seminar held last Saturday. For those who wanted to attend but wasn’t able to go, below is the presentation material. Getting Started with PhilRoboKit Anito This 7Zip file contains the Powerpoint presentation and sample codes. <edit editedby=n0th1n6> Getting Started with PhilRoboKit Anito by </edit>

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January 1, 2013

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Anito Seminar

To start of the year, Philrobotics will have a seminar this January. Here’s the details. What: Anito Seminar When: January 19, 2013 Where: e-Gizmo 2fl VSC Building, Taft Ave Malate Manila Time: 1pm Wanna know more about the Anito Dev Board? (click here)

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January 1, 2013

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all from Philrobotics team. May we all have a prosperous new year. Let’s have more fun and activities, and enjoy building robots and learning new things this 2013.

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November 19, 2012

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Robot Zoo in the Philippines

Over the weekend, I brought my kids to a popular mall at the end of EDSA to see the planetarium and Robot Zoo. It was a fun experience seeing these huge robot animals. There’s a giraffe, a chameleon, a rhino, a grasshopper, platipus, squid, and bat. Mostly these robots are powered by pneumatics so you […]

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November 11, 2012

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IRRI-Smart BIGAS Hackathon – Philrobotics team awarded the top honor

The 2 day event called BIGAS Hackathon held at UP Los Baños by IRRI and Smart has already concluded. Philrobotics would like to congratulate the winners of this years Hackathon. You guys are great! Six days ago, Philrobotics Vice Chairman Martin Miranda heard about the event posted here BIGAS Hackathon is a two-day developer event and hackathon […]

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October 24, 2012

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Philrobotics 1st Presidents Cup dry-run, a huge success

It was a blast! What can you achieve on a very little amount of time. Maybe that’s what engineers and makers are made of. Due to their short attention span hardworking nature, they can pull off a fast one in just a week of preparation. I’d say, the dry run last Oct 20, 2012 was […]

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