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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oculus Rift SDK 0.7 compatible Titles

The release of the really nice new SDK and Runtime for Oculus Rift (0.7) was a great step up for DK2 users.

The stability and speed improvements were a wonderful surprise. The main downside was it broke compatibility with pre 0.6 SDK applications.

Here is a Reddit list of currently claimed 0.7 compatible applications for the Oculus Rift DK2 running runtime 0.7.

LIDAR Range Finder for Robotics

This pulsed light distance metric tool looks interesting. If this is the way of the future the old sharp IR sensors might be gone forever (for most applications)

Monday, September 28, 2015

New Heated Print Bed for the Up! Mini 3D Printer works great!

If you have a Up! Mini 3D Printer then we highly recommend obtaining this upgrade. The new UP! Mini Bed Rev 3 reduces warping dramatically (at least compared to our original heat bed).

The installation is an easy 30 second job, 2 screws, one cable and you are right to start printing.

The board not only improves the heat bed performance it includes new indicator LEDs.

Combing this upgrade with the third party firmware gives an amazing amount of control to large print 100 micron jobs on an Up! Mini.

What are you waiting for? Go get it!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ownership of website: Lets Make Robots changes hands

The ever popular robot website with showcases and dicsussions has been purchased by Robotshop.

Under New Management 

Full press release here:

This might be good, this might be bad. As we say here are AiS, change is the only constant!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Changing the Opto EndStop for Prusa/GRBL to Allow 5V signals

Having built the version 7 Opto Endstop that is the RAMPS standard for Prusa and other RepRaps I recommend a slight change to the circuit.

The official circuit is:

R1 needed to be lower than 180 ohms for some of my sensors to allow full saturation of the detector base.

You could go with a 100 ohm resistor instead of 180 ohm.

Sub note, the only difference between the Vishay TCST 1103 and the Vishay TCST 2103 is that the latter has an extra plastic flange to make mounting easier. The actual electronics are the same:

TCST 1103:

TCST 2103:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Using the Raspberry Pi as a sound card


The Raspbery Pi 1 B board is fully capable of adding sound to your next project.

I have several Raspberry Pi 1 boards lying around not doing much since they were replaced by Raspberry Pi 2 boards.

I have decided to use them as general purpose sound generation boards in my projects.

I initially thought of playing back MP3 files over a speaker in response to serial commands.

I have now added the concept of on the fly (not prerecorded) TTS (Text to Speech).

Combining with Vision Processing (OpenCV)