There's a huge variety of sensors to take advantage of with the Arduino platform, and one of these is a micro-electro-mechanical compass sensor. As expected, using this allows your Arduino project to determine in which direction it is heading, and this has been demonstrated with a simple robot by the WTH blog. Once the robot has been placed, a button is pressed to lock-in the heading and it will proceed to follow that heading, as demonstrated in the following video:
They've used a LM303DLHC compass, and it is easy to use with Arduino. It's an interesting experiment and shows what is possible with a MEM compass sensor. For more information about this project, visit the WhiskeyTangoHotel website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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