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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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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Tutorial Arduino Mini Laser Turret Control

In this tutorial we will be making a "Laser Turret" using a joystick control. The joystick will move the laser on a turret and it will be able to turn the laser up and down while turning on or off the laser. Don't worry, the laser is just for show; we won't be harming anyone with this tutorial. We got the inspiration to create this Laser Turret when we were combining parts from the  Elegoo Uno R3 Starter Kit* and the 37 in 1 Elegoo Sensor Kit. We wanted to create something with a joystick con...
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YourDuino RoboRED

Arduino compatible YourDuino RoboRED
We love open source hardware. The free use of the Arduino platform has allowed for all sorts of affordable clones to hit the market. Even better than offering an affordable clone, though, is the ability to improve upon the original design. This is what the team at YourDuino has done with their RoboRED Arduino Uno compatible board. This thing has the same dimensions, pin-out, and even programs just like the original UNO. Your shields will fit, your sketches will load, and you can use the fema...
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Elegoo Uno R3 Complete Starter Kit Review

Elegoo Complete Arduino Uno Kit
This is a review of the Elegoo Uno R3 Complete Starter Kit. First if you don't know, Elegoo is a Chinese supplier of Arduino and other electronics hobby parts on Amazon. They have a website that is perpetually under-construction but they are very responsive on Amazon and by email service(at)Elegoo.com.   Wow, this kit is stuffed full! What quickly jumps out is the fact that most of the parts we'd recommend for someone wanting to get into electronics are already here. (more&hel...
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