Archive for July 31st, 2007

Could you code in Basic still?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

There was an awesome display of old computers in the corner of the Microsoft room at Makers Faire. Danny Thorpe has some cool pics on Flickr pic 1, pic 2, pic 3.

Amal and I wandered by the display and he noticed that the Atari was actually running Basic all ready to go. So he jumped on it and started trying to dust the cobwebs off that ancient lobe of his brain. My memory sucks, I could never do this. Amal actually managed to write a few lines and make something happen. I was impressed.

Force Sensing for Robots

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Check out our new FSR & voltage divider kits available in the catalog. These kits make force sensing a breeze. Supply 5 volts and get an analog signal back. The variable resistor on the voltage divider also allows you to fine tune the sensitivity range of the force sensor. You can plug these into any A/D converter such as the Phidget 8/8/8.

FSR Combo Kit

Here is a video of Dave explaining how to read from an FSR on your PC using the kit and a Phidget 8/8/8.

And here is a 2nd video demonstrating an FSR on a gripper with feedback stop.