One of our regular readers wrote in to ask why we haven’t updated the Robot Resource links recently. That started a whole thought (and rationalization) process that ended up with a commitment on our part to do better. . .
Instead of the links appearing way down the home page where few people will notice them, we’ve created a separate page just for our recommended links – sites that we find to be of real value to people interested in robotics. We’ve also added a link to the page at the top of our homepage to make it much easier to find.
If you know of any good links that would be useful to our readers, please let us know – even if it’s your own website – and we’ll certainly consider adding it. Also, if you find any dead links in our list, please give us a heads-up so we can fix it. You can always contact us at “ tempusmaster (at) robots-dreams.com ”.
Robots Dreams Resource Links
Websites we find useful enough to recommend
- Jason Bradbury
Jason's blog is chock full of interesting gadgets, hacks, and regular features like his on-site exploration of Korean technology and robots. He's also one of the hosts on the popular Gadget Show weekly UK television program.
- The Machine Grid
Very well designed robotics website published by Gerard - a EE graduate. His site includes tutorials, detailed robot project information, circuit boards, articles and even a very interesting "How to solder an accelerometer" walkthru.
- Ng Beng Kiat's Homepage
Ng Beng Kiat is the reigning champion of the All Japan Micromouse contest, and has won numerous other awards. His micromouse pages contain lots of design details and useful observations.
- USBUIRT - IR Remote Control Module
IR Remote Control Interface with built-in USB interface. Makes it easy to capture codes from your television, stereo, or robot remote and control them from your PC. Used in both the Robo-in-Motion and Robosapien Dance Machine projects.
- Robosapien USBUIRT IR Control Codes
IR control codes for use with Robosapien and the USBUIRT module
- Design and Manufacturing Resources
Cost effective sources for prototype and small quantity laser cut plastic parts, custom printed circuit boards, and machined metal parts
- Tutorial and Elementary Trajectory Model for The Differential Steering System
Detailed analysis and methodology for steering a robot - includes diagrams and equations
- Where am I?
The ultimate report on robot positioning - 282 pages, 200 illustrations, 400 references - pdf format - free download
- Futaba Servos
Futaba servo specifications and FAQ
- Micro Mouse Info
Extensive site including lots of suggestions and tips
- Micromouse Resources
Everything you ever wanted to know about creating and competing with a micromouse
- Tokyo Akihabara Electric town map
Inoue-san's clickable map of Akihabara - great resource for locating electronic parts
- Robot Competition FAQ
Steven Rainwater's list of robot competitions held worldwide - updated monthly
- BittyBot Products
Tiny, tiny, tiny little controllers and sensors for developing really small robots
Beam Robotics, Sumo bots, parts
- Parallax User Support Forums
Online support for any and all Parallax users - Very useful resource for Basic Stamp applications
- Dallas Personal Robotics Group
- Southern Oregon Robotics
Home of the Sumo11 robot
- Portland Area Robotics Society
An active robotics group based in Portland, Oregon
- Encoder Front Page
Seattle Robotics Society magazine - great source for articles and inspiration
Source for Basic Stamp microcontrollers, robots, and training
- Hobby Engineering
Great source for robot kits, parts, and electronics