Author Archives: Mike


We made the news from Detroit! It was great to meet the team from Make: Dale Dougherty(writer of the article), Sherry Huss, Robert DeMartin, Michael Castor,  Rob Bullington, and a special thanks to Julie Hudy(the Maker Mom). Also thanks to Mike Hord and Trevor Zylstra from Sparkfun! … Continue reading

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Useful Robot is going to Maker Faire Detroit

Come find our table at Maker Faire Detroit, we will be showcasing some new products and will be there to answer any questions or talk about robots!   Official Press Release Maker Faire Detroit Returns to The Henry Ford, July 28-29, 2012

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New Logo

UsefulRobot gets a logo! It’s been a long time since and update to the site. Right now time is tight with McMasters Formula Hybrid team along with research. I now present the new logo for the site.

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Final Project Report

The following was my undergraduate thesis it much easier to read via the Final_Report PDF! Robotic Tracking and Formation Movement using Ultrasonic Trilateration   Chris Johnson, Mike Irvine, Saeid Azimi Moghadam, David Bauslaugh   Abstract — This document outlines the development … Continue reading

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HeartBoard Update!

The Project: HeartBoard A new lesson in small run board production. So after the first version of the Heartboard kit I designed back in 2009, a couple of changes were stongly requested. The most sought after was an on-off switch, … Continue reading

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New HeartBoard Assembly Instructions!

This is for the new board with the sliding power switch. Here are the new HeartBoard Assembly instructions Assembly Instructions V03 Enjoy!

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Fencing Scoring Box (Physical Assembly)

I partake in the sport of fencing. Anyone who is involved in fencing knows of the cost of both personal equipment, safety stuff and the cost of club equipment, scoring boxes and reel’s. Seeing as I like to design electrical … Continue reading

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LED Heartboard

For valentine’s day in 2009 I designed a heart board for my girlfriend. It has 18 LED’s mounted around the outside, its controlled from a cheap PIC16 with a simple external RC oscillator. Its powered by a coin cell mounted … Continue reading

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NRF24L01+ Breakout

  For I project I was doing I wanted to have short range low power wireless communication. For this I chose the NRF24L01+ by Nordic Semiconductor. To test out whether or not I could solder this QFN chip to a … Continue reading

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Motor Sadness…

I emailed AM Equipment about the motor and have some bad news, the motors are normally used for lifting windows.  The rep said that they would get too hot if continuously used. Therefore we need a new plan for motors.

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