The CodeyBot Review

The codeybot is a Makeblock product that was launched on kickstarter and is a wheeled robot that is targeted towards education and experimentation. It can be programmed using the mBlocky app downloadable from the Play store as well as the App Store. It can also be controlled using a limited set of voice commands as well as using the Phone’s accelerometer. The most interesting thing about this robot is the fact that it can balance on two wheels and can dance and play music.

As backer no1 on kickstarter, I got my hands on the bot and did an unboxing video here.

The codeybot is built intelligently and the guts are quite well placed. I would have liked to see the connector description somewhere but thats ok since I did a teardown of the turret and then the bot which I will cover in the next post.

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The app seems a bit cluttered with all the functionally crammed into one screen but can work if you have an iPad or android tablet.

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The mBlocky app is clean and works well out of the box

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The fun begins when you have two of these and can convince a friend to play laser tag with you. You get an assortment of weapons and two codeybot paired together can be hours of fun together.

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We will be sharing the details of the codeybot and turret teardown in the next post so please like and subscribe the video on youtube and if you have any suggestions of comments, feel free to put them the in the box below.
Thanks and happy hacking.

Single Board Computers- The Arduino YUN Review

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Prelude

Hackers and hobbyists have used the arduino for a diverse number of projects and have made it a very popular. Its simple to use and easy to program. For people who have a slightly ‘more’ requirement, ARM based single boards came into the market. Initially the ARM boards were tougher to build and program and costlier to make. In order to fully exploit the power of a 32-bit processor, the Linux Kernel was ported to the fanless ARM systems making the Single Board Computers. The OS was stored on either an SD Card or an EEPROM. This new class of boards had the familiar OS system of a regular PC and the digital and analog outputs of the arduino but at a slightly higher cost. Additionally they had varying performance but they started to add something more- peripherals! Keyboard, then Ethernet, then Bluetooth and Wifi- the list goes on. In this article we discuss the Arduino YUN and what exactly it is. Continue reading “Single Board Computers- The Arduino YUN Review”

The Raspberry Pi Power Analysis featuring the Tektronix Scope

Introduction

I am waiting for my stuff to get delivered which are basically parts and parts. One of features of my design is that the raspberry pi center piece is portable, ie it can be moved from one location of the house to the other. For this I needed to add a battery backup which was shown in my previous posts. In my recent experiments, I found that the Raspberry Pi was rebooting unexpectedly. It turns out that one of the connectors was defective. Still this left me with the question that if I am using a battery, how long will my system stay afloat without power? Hence I setup a little experiment to measure the power consumed by the Raspberry Pi and the results were quite unexpected. Continue reading “The Raspberry Pi Power Analysis featuring the Tektronix Scope”

Review: PiFace Control and Design

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Introduction

The raspberry pi is a cheap and highly customizable single board computer with gpio pins which can be used to control electronics. There are many ways to expand the functionality of the pi and a company called piface is in the business of making add on boards to do just that. One of the boards they sell is the piface display and control which is marketed by element 14 and we had a chance to get our hands on one. Continue reading “Review: PiFace Control and Design”