Arduino clone controlled robot chassis

We’ve been pretty busy around here doing contract work, so there’s not been much time for just doing fun things.  As part of the design effort going into an Arduino clone that control servos and motors independent of the Arduino Atmel part we put together an experimental robot chassis.  The chassis was designed in Sketchup and the parts were fabricated from Plexiglas by Ponoko.

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Engineering and Design

space_saving_chair

And now for something completely different.  One of our “Links We Like” to the right is MoCo Loco.  The site tends to focus on physical design, and has a lot of content that merges art with function.   As an electronic engineers I think I can benefit from keeping an eye on what these designers do.

This morning I ran across the example pictured here.  It is described as space saving furniture developed for the University of Valparaiso, Chile.  For some reason I’m always drawn to things that serve multiple functions.  Flip-flops with bottle openers built in… awesome.  Cars that are also boats, not practical,… but still awesome.  Lunch boxes that also serve as jet-packs… not invented yet, but when they are I think they’ll be awesome too.

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