YourDuino Arduino Robot Kit Review

  Over the last few weeks we have been looking at different Arduino based robot car kits. First we looked at the Elegoo Smart Car Robot Kit and then Pololu's Zumo 32U4. Both of these robot car kits are feature packed and either would be a great way to learn robot controls and theory with the comfort of the Arduino platform. But one thing both of these kits lack is easy expandability.  The Elegoo kit is easy to put together but the custom Arduino Shield that makes everything so easy i...
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Pololu Zumo Arduino Compatible Robot Kit Review

Here at BreakoutBros we are doing a series on Robot Kit Reviews. Last week we looked at the Elegoo Smart Car Robot Kit and today we are looking at the Pololu Zumo 32U4. Zumo is an Arduino compatible, palm sized, tread driven robot platform that's equipped with tons of sensors and surprisingly fast. It has 5 downward pointing IR sensors for line following, 5 IR range finders, a 3 axis accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, motor encoders, 3 selection buttons, a buzzer, and an LCD screen. Z...
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Elegoo UNO R3 Smart Robot Car Project Kit Review

Here at BreakoutBros we think robots are pretty cool. From industrial packaging equipment to self driving cars robots are changing the world around us. But even designers of the most advanced robots had to start somewhere. Luckily there have been some advances in technology and teaching methods that allow anyone to start playing with robots. We want as many people as possible to experience the joy (and sometimes frustration) of building and programming robots. However getting started in robo...
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Review of Pixy CMUcam5: the Vision System for Arduino

Pixy (CMUcam5) the camera with Image Processing on Board. One of the drawbacks of the Arduino as a robot controller is the lack of processing power capable of a robot vision system. The CMUcam5 Pixy, by Charmed Labs, is aimed at fixing that. Pixy started on Kickstarter but is now available at places like Amazon. By including a dedicated image processor on the same PCB as the camera, the Pixy only sends the information you want to your Arduino.  And it does this at a frame rate of 50 Hz.  ...
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Control Everything ACOM Arduino Shield Review

Today we are looking at the ACOM, the Arduino Shield for easy RF control and I2C expansion by ControlEverything.com. It's fitting that we are looking at this module a week after our review of the 1Sheeld because of the similarities. Both units plug directly into an Arduino Uno and give wireless connectivity and expanded output options. I would even say their key customer demographics are the same: creative types with mild Arduino experience willing to pay a little more for convince. While it's t...
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BreakoutBros Halloween Special: Remote Control Jack-o-Lantern

We wanted to get into the Halloween spirit at BreakoutBros but we are super busy writing reviews, tutorials, and decorating our houses. While I was testing parts to review the ControlEverything.com Arduino Shield I realized I was just a few spliced wires and a relay away from something fun. So I combined that shield, the Arduino Light Control Tutorial, a ceramic Jack-o-Lantern, and some wire. The pumpkin I used already had a male plug, so I decided to make a relay controlled outlet. This ...
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Review of the 1Sheeld+, the Arduino Super Shield

The 1Sheeld was a Kickstarter project for an Arduino shield that leveraged the hardware of your smartphone as I/O for your Arduino. After a successful campaign they released the 1Sheeld+ which is available now on Amazon. The 1Sheeld+ uses a Bluetooth connection to their own smartphone app which taps into your phone's sensors, output, and screen. They advertise it as "40 Shields in 1". We see it more as the Arduino's ultimate fast prototyping tool, and we'll explain. In the beginning there...
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Elegoo 37 Sensor Kit Review

There seems to be a race on Amazon as to who can get the most sensors into a kit. Previously we looked at Kookye's 16 Sensor Kit and really liked what they offered. Today we are looking at Elegoo's 37 in 1 Sensor Kit. Now it's not quite fair to say this kit is 21 better than the other kit because its goal is very different. While they do share some of the same sensors, the Kookye kit is designed to introduce the user to sensors that could be used in IoT situations, Elegoo's 37 sensor kit aim...
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NTC’s Pocket Chip Review

NTC's Pocket CHIP Start Splash
Now that I have been using it every day for a few weeks (showing how to connect it to an Arduino) I finally feel like I can give a fair review to the PocketCHIP. PocketCHIP is the portable skin for Next Thing Company's (NTC) $9 CHIP computer. It seems like the team at NTC wanted to create a handheld interface for their product but didn't want it to break the bank. I honestly think a lot of people would have passed on the CHIP without a clear use in mind but the capabilities of the PocketCHIP...
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