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May 2010

Fun at Maker Faire

by Colin Miller, on electronics, Make, Ramblings, Robots

I have not been posting as much as I would like. I'll be returning to 3 posts a week (excluding holidays) to try to get back into the swing of things. This last weekend my fiancé and I attended Maker Faire up in northern California along with some friends. It was an interesting time, and one that I would recommend anyone near a Maker Faire attend. [caption id="" align="aligncenter"…



April 2010

L293DNE H-Bridge

by Colin Miller, on Arduino, L293DNE, Robots

Today I'm going to talk about the L293DNE Quadruple H-Driver used to control 2 bidirectional motors when hooked up to a motor. I had a lot of trouble recently attempting to get this thing working. All of the tutorials written involved hooking it up to a microcontroller (I'm going to use the arduino in all examples from now on), and sending singles with code to change the direction. While that…



April 2010

Coaster Bot

by Colin Miller, on Building, Design, electronics, Make, Robots

There is currently a contest by Make Magazine to create a coaster bot. I'm not looking to really win or anything, but it is a good excuse to create a robot of some sort. [caption id="attachment_102" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Wall-E is a good example of a Robot. Also, pictures make posts more interesting I've been told."][/caption] I've ordered a few parts such as…



March 2010

3D Printing and Electronics

by Colin Miller, on 3D Printer, Building, electrical engineering, electronics, Musings, Robots

I was recently approached by a friend of mine to join forces and create a DIY 3D printer. For those who don't know, a 3D printer is a machine that can fabricate 3D objects that are rendered in a computer using a medium such as plastic, rubber, or sugar. Much of the design is similar to a regular desktop printer, except that instead of using ink it uses a building…



March 2010

Building Things

by Colin Miller, on Building, electronics, Make, Robots, Trebuchets

Most of my posts on here have been about software development and work related issues and observances. I'm going to deviate slightly into the realm of hobby, which I think is important for people of any career in order to keep the personal passion alive and to keep your brain active without burning out. Recently I've been reading a lot of Make Magazine which is primarily about building things of…