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121  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Wheel and Frame Ideas on: April 10, 2009, 02:22:56 pm
I built a 3 wheel arduino based bot:

The third wheel and frame were made from lego.

Any ideas for cheap, non-lego alternatives?
122  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Have you built a Stiquito? on: November 11, 2010, 12:25:32 pm
I have not used these, but Muscle Wires sounds like they have a lot of potential though their amazon review suggests otherwise. Stiquito has great reviews.

If you are primarily interested in making a crawler, there is a chapter in "JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels" and there is a video on Parallax's site demonstrating the crawling action with their bots.
123  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Post Your Arduino Unboxing Pics / Vids Here on: November 04, 2010, 09:45:10 pm
For prototyping, its a lot cheaper to just build the Arduino yourself on a bread board. Not sure I understanding this unboxing thing...
124  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Ideas for a final year project. on: October 18, 2010, 08:09:37 am
It should not be an issue to use a library. Building on other people's work is what people do. It is not trivial to use a library. You must understand how it works.
125  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Pool Skimmer on: October 15, 2010, 04:31:01 pm
This solar skimmer looks like a BEAM project.

Anyone do any projects for cleaning swimming pools?
126  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: I'll never order from allied electronics every aga on: October 11, 2010, 04:26:35 pm
Shipping is a lot, there is no way around it. Unless they can mail it USPS with no tracking, you must pay. The best you can hope for is to get it quick. I ordered from AdaFruit last Thursday and got it on Saturday by USPS, because we are both in NYC.  

Anyone know what other outfits ship fast by UPS ground to NYC?
127  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Laser-based game tutorial provided by IBM. on: October 11, 2010, 04:19:52 pm
I've read this and it's quite good. A chick at NYC Resistor showed it to me.

I am making a tankbot game by mounting a laser tag gun on the back of tracked bot. You would make 2 remote controled tankbots, a 4'x8' course and then you can fight 'em. I'm currently building the second tankbot and having second thoughts that the game will suck.

For human laser tag, you might as will just buy 'em: They are only about $30 per tagger and quite good.

The one improvement they could use is a hat/head sensor. I've been thinking about hacking them.

We play in Central Park, NYC sometimes. My liberal wife does not like shooting the children  smiley
128  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Maker Faire NYC on: September 25, 2010, 10:56:12 pm
It's on guys. You can still go Sunday. Definitely worth the trip. Just take the 7 to Queens.
It is a great place to see lots of projects, learn a lot and get inspiration for your next project. You can also bring the kids.
129  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Book Recommendation on: September 23, 2010, 02:01:16 pm
I was initially put off by Making Things Talk cover. I thought it was about speech generation smiley But having cracked the cover, it is pretty good. Check out the table of contents to see if it would be a good resource for you.

I find the web is generally a better resource for Arduino. After all, we all have different interests.

New users can just skip the book and get a kit. I started with something like this from AdaFruit:

This looks cool too:
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