Category: Robotics

High torque encoded DC motors for robots from car window motors

Hi! As I mentioned in my latest post on how to make Tiny Encoders for DC Motors, some time ago I went to a junkyard to salvage two powerful high torque DC motors from car window lifting systems to use in a robot. I had to take my own tools and dismantle the doors from…




Tiny Encoders for DC motors

Hi again! Today I’ll show you a small part of a project that I did a long time ago and, due to some changes of plans I didn’t end up using. Anyway, maybe this small project might come up handy for you. Some time ago I went to a junkyard to salvage two powerful high…




Cheap Ball Casters for Small Robots

Hello everyone! 🙂 In the title of this blog I mention that it is also about robotics. However, and to be honest, I’ve realized that I haven’t posted much stuff about it. I hope to fix that in the following posts since recently I’ve finally finished some robot projects that I have been doing in…




New Publication: Multi-scale cortical keypoints for realtime hand tracking and gesture recognition

Hi! This post is just to let you know that there is a new publication in the Publications page named Multi-scale cortical keypoints for realtime hand tracking and gesture recognition. It was presented in the 1st International Workshop on Cognitive Assistive Systems: closing the Action-Perception Loop, held in conjunction with IROS2012.     Here’s the abstract:…




Experimenting with vacuum molding

Hi there! This post is about a really simple way of making plastic parts for your projects. Have you ever heard of vacuum molding? It’s a method to make a plastic mold of a piece by using heat and suction from a vacuum cleaner. You can easily replicate what I’m going to show you. You…




State of the Art in Intelligent Humanoid Robotics

Hi! This will not be my typical kind of post. I usually post about projects, tutorials, publications, etc. but this time I’m just going to share a video that shows the state of the art towards the development of Intelligent Humanoid Robotics. It’s a great video and shows some of the great research that has…




CNC Controller Board v2

As I said previously, I have been slowly developing my second CNC Machine, TheMaker2. To control the new CNC machine I developed a new board based on a PIC16LF877A since the L297‘s that I used on the first CNC controller board that I designed can be quite expensive here in Portugal and I had some…




Homemade CNC: TheMaker2

Hi! As I previously said in my first post about my first Homemade CNC: TheMaker1, I was slowly developing a bigger, faster (didn’t accomplish this part yet) and more robust CNC. Well, the development phase has finally come to an end and it is finally ready! 😀 In order to build a more rigid structure I…




New Publication: Minimalistic Vision-based Cognitive SLAM

Hi! There is a new paper in the Publications section entitled “Minimalistic Vision-based Cognitive SLAM” which was presented today at ICAART 2012 – 4th Int. Conf. on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, in the Special Session on Intelligent Robotics. You can download it in the Publications section or just click here.   Below you can see…




Another Interview at RUA FM

Hi! In November, 9th, I posted about an interview (Interview at RUA FM) that I gave to RUA FM radio station about my team’s participation in the European BEST Engineering Competition, in Istanbul. Once again, I was invited for another short talk, this time about Cognitive Robotics, which will be on air during this week. You can…