Archive for the 'Other' Category

Serving Raspberry Pi #7: Meet Berry Bot

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The November 2016 issue of Servo Magazine is out – and I got the cover!!!

servo201611cover_web

It this article I started building Berry – a RoboPi + Raspberry Pi 3 based 4WD robot.

As you can see, Berry has a red 4WD chassis, Patriot USB power bank, RoboPi, Raspberry Pi 3, Sharp IR distance sensor, and a 9g micro servo.

What you can’t see is that Berry also has an L298N motor driver board, HMC5883L used as a compass, and a 4xAA cell battery pack to power the motors.

This article shows how to connect the parts, and presents some simple Python code for the compass.

For the full skinny, read Servo :) http://www.servomagazine.com/

Unpaid plug: if you are into bots, I highly recommend getting a Servo digital edition subscription – which also lets you read all back issues (including my past articles <grin>)

BTW, sorry about the lack of posts & articles, other work kept me busy.

Pi Droid Alpha & Prototyping boards

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

I am still working on the Pi Droid Alpha user manual and associated Python API, but I’d thought I would update y’all on what I am also working on right now… (and  there be a sale!)

Pi Droid Alpha @ http://Mikronauts.com

Site News

  • Mikronauts ad is in the September 2015 issue of Servo on p.13
  • Pi Droid Alpha new product announcement is in Servo on p.21 (same issue)
  • My ODROID-XU4 Review has received a lot of interest
  • I hope to publish the XU4 Shifter Shield review early next week

Santa’s helpers have dropped off a box with a nice pre-release quad core ARM SBC, look for a review of it real soon!

Cheaper Shipping!!!

  • I’ve found a freight forwarder to work with, which allows me to offer cheaper shipping to the US – with tracking!
  • Would you believe it is cheaper for me to ship to the US than to Canada??? Weird, eh?
  • I also have somewhat better rates to the UK and UE, but I am still trying improve shipping there

Back-To-School Sale

I remember how painful it was to go back to school, so I decided to put Mikronauts prototyping boards on sale.

  • EZasPi prototyping board for the Raspberry Pi (now $10.95USD+s/h)
  • EZasPi (B) prototyping board for the Raspberry Pi (now $10.95USD+s/h)
  • EZasBone prototyping board for the BeagleBoneBlack (now $12.95USD+s/h)
  • EZasPieProto300 large general purpose prototyping board (now $9.95USD+s/h)
  • EZasPieProto600 large general purpose prototyping board (now $9.95USD+s/h)

The prototyping boards are also available in two and five packs for even greater savings.

VISIT OUR EBAY STORE

 

Pi Jumper assembly documentation

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Pi Jumper Plus on a Raspberry Pi Model +

I’ve uploaded v0.5 of the Pi Jumper / Pi Jumper Plus assembly documentation to the product page at:

http://www.mikronauts.com/raspberry-pi/pi-jumper/

Pi Jumper is now also available on my Ebay listings:

http://www.ebay.ca/sch/mikronauts/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

Mikronauts Forums Launched!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

I’ve added forums to my site for discussing Mikronauts products, robots and projects.

http://forums.mikronauts.com

Please use these forums to talk about our projects, articles, your projects that use Mikronauts products, and to ask for technical support!

Pi Jumper on Raspberry Pi Model B +

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I will be adding more forum sections in the future, and you are welcome to make requests.

Banana Pi Review

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Many benchmarks, power consumption tests… my most comprehensive review on Mikronauts to date!

Banana Pi Review @Mikronauts http://Mikronauts.com

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Review Index

Page 1: Introduction, Does it look the same?
Page 2: Closer Look, Feature Comparison
Page 3: Operating Systems, Software Compatibility
Page 4: WiringPi, RPi.GPIO, Hardware Compatibility
Page 5: More board compatibility test results
Page 6: USB WiFi stick Compatibility, Documentation, Benchmarks
Page 7: Power Utilization, Support, Conclusion