Archive for July 1st, 2008

Surveyor SRV-1 gets facelift, more motors

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
Surveyor SRV-1
Surveyor SRV-1: The Front!

Here’s a picture of the new Surveyor SRV-1 chassis, which is replacing the last version.  As you can see, the electronics are the same, but everything is recessed into the body now, which looks pretty slick.  The front plate that the laser pointers mount into also comes up to cover up the camera’s PCB.

The biggest differences are far from cosmetic, though.  The tracks are now driven by four motors instead of two.  Those of you with extra deep-pile 1970’s-era shag carpeting (we know you’re out there) don’t have to worry any more.  Surveyor Corp heard your call and answered it.  Backing up this quadruple-whammy of a drive system is a 7.2 V, 2000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery pack.  The new battery pack (a welcome upgrade from the older model’s bulky Li-Ion cells) boasts a runtime of 4 hours!

Surveyor SRV-1
Surveyor SRV-1: The Back!

GUESS WHAT. We sell these things, too.  If you’re planning a project that will require a number of small autonomous or wirelessly-controlled rovers, you don’t need to spend precious development time designing the bots!  The SRV-1 is a great out-of-the-box platform for swarm or solo applications; or any time you find yourself in need of a camera-equipped, Wi-Fi-enabled, internet-controllable, compact track-bot with a powerful main processor an killer battery life!

For development journals and all of the latest software updates, check out the Surveyor web site.
To see more detailed specs, or to purchase the robot, go to our Surveyor SRV-1 product page.

Arduino Nano: compact, powerful, and in stock.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
Arduino Nano. Same great taste, half the calories.

The Arduino Nano is the newest incarnation of everybody's favorite little blue development board. Designed in response to the popularity of other miniature Arduino development boards, Nano is the smallest fully functional Arduino with a built-in USB port! This little beast can be powered through the USB port's 5V line, or by an external 7-12V power supply. Its small footprint and 1/10" pin spacing make it ideal for breadboarding. Just like its predecessors, it uses an Atmel ATmega168 microcontroller, and is programmed using the Wiring language. For more info on programming for Arduino, or for more general Arduino info, check out

Buy your Arduino Nano from us so we can feed our starving families!