January 16, 2014

"Ar-Du" - the Bluetooth-controlled robot who can take pictures

If you're a fan of "Star Wars" and making robots then the following project by Gabor Neveri will be of interest. It's a miniature version of the "R2D2" robot from the movie that is powered by Arduino. Control is via Bluetooth and a PC running a customised control system written in processing. Apart from movement Ar-Du can detect objects, take photos and play various sounds using a dedicated IC. You can see it in action through the following video:

It's great to see a robotics project that not only works, but is also finished in a neat enclosure. For more details including the code and circuitry, check out the LMR project page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.


If you're looking to learn how to use all the parts to make your own Arduino-controlled robots and much more, you can't go past "Arduino Workshop -  A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects” by John Boxall.

Arduino Workshop takes the reader from having zero knowledge about the Arduino platform, electronics and programming and leaves them with the know-how and instructions on everything from blinking an LED, to robotics, wireless data, cellular communications, motor control, sensors, Internet connected systems and more. For more information including a sample chapter and table of contents, visit the book page

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