June 04, 2013

Creating a robot head with eye expressions

 If you're looking for something unique to make in the world of robotics, or you'd like to add a form of personality to an existing robot, check out this robot head by "Dickel" on LetsMakeRobots. He's used an Arduino to control two MAX7219 LED display drivers - each of which are connected to an 8x8 LED matrix. With these a variety of eye "effects" can be displayed quite neatly. And the head unit is mounted on a bracket with two servos, which allows for some interesting neck movements - in total a very humanoid-like device:

What a great device! To find out more, check out the LMR website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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