Friday, April 15, 2005

Mr. Potato Project. Background II




But the beam of light to gave me the idea to start this project was an article in MAKE magazine, Creepy doll robot. After reading that article, I stare at my Darth Tater, and every thing started to make sense.

I visited a hobby shop and get 3 futaba S3003 servos for 14€. And bought the PICAXE servo controller board AXE024 for £7.64. I widened the Mr.Potato's holes for the arms to be able to set the servo axis, and did the same with the Mr.Potato's feet. I used 4 screws for each servo to fix them to the Mr.Potato body. And that´s all.

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Friday, April 1, 2005

Mr.Potato Project. Background I

I´m not a microcontroller user newbie. I started with PICs 6 years ago. But I only have my spare time to play with them. This means that I make some stuff during a month, and two months later something comes to my mind that can be done using a microcontroller and then is when I face the big trouble: it usually takes me a whole week to remember all things about PIC assembler, registers, how programmer works and bla bla bla. That´s why I started to look into those solutions like BasicStamp that gives you all the infrastructure that you need to play with electronics without requiring to be a mega master.

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