Archive for February, 2016

New release of PiDroidAlpha Python API adds HC-SR04 support

Friday, February 26th, 2016

I’ve uploaded v0.92 of Pi Droid Alpha’s Python API to the Pi Droid Alpha product page.

Pi Droid Alpha @ on image for larger version)

v0.92 adds direct support for the extremely popular and inexpensive HC-SR04 ultrasonic range

readDistance2(_trig, _echo) returns the distance to the nearest object in mm

For an explanation of the code, please see my article HC-SR04 distance sensor interfacing with C and Python

The new PDALib is available in the Downloads section of the Pi Droid Alpha product page

PDALib makes Pi Droid Alpha almost 99% compatible with RoboPiLib – the Python API for RoboPi advanced robot controller.

RoboPIC 18F4550 made for STEM Education in Electronics & Robotics

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

I am happy to announce RoboPIC 18F4550 Mikronauts new development board for STEM education in Robotics and Electronics.

RoboPIC 18F4550 Robot controller @
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I designed RoboPIC 18F4550 to be easy to assemble and use with ANY single board computer, laptop or full size PC.

You can write programs for RoboPIC 18F4550 with your Windows, OS/X or Linux based PC using one of three free development tool chains.

For more details, please see the RoboPIC 18F4550 product page.

If you would like to discuss RoboPIC 18F4550, please join our forums.

School, reseller and distributor inquiries are welcome!

Serving Raspberry Pi #3 in Servo March 2016

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

march 2016 servo
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This month, in “Serving Raspberry Pi #3” I compare some of the popular motor drivers that can be used for Raspberry Pi based robots.

You can find the article on pages 56-59.

Unfortunately I have been too busy with other work to post more articles in the last month, however I’ve finished most of the rush work, thus more articles (and new products) RSN!

I recommend Servo Magazine to anyone interested in robotics.


Two robot controllers for Raspberry Pi:



You can also find a Mikronauts ad on Page 47 of the March issue