Really Neat Projects and New Products

A stackable robot and a high altitude balloon, along with some new products.

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This is a modular style robot that uses the ATMega168 as a base processor. Along with an accelerometer, Logomatic, and MP3 decoder, this one can playback speech or MP3s when an event occurs, like hitting a wall or being picked up. Great project, thanks Jose!

Here is a project that uses a Lassen iQ and an ATMega8 to control a balloon into the upper reaches of the stratosphere to take some amazing pictures. Thanks Robert!

Onto new products:

That is a GPS chip antenna. Very small and very good performance. We use this antenna with our micro-Mini and mini-Mod GPS units with great results.

This is a XBee Explorer Regulated board that simply regulates your supply and signals in addition to the basic activity indicators. Very inexpensive if you would rather not mess with USB or RS232 XBee Explorers. Good for 5V embedded applications.

We are migrating to the ADXRS 6 series gyro. Our IMU Combo 2DOF boards now use this new and improved gyro.

An AVR programming cable that incorporates both 10-pin and 6-pin ISP connectors.

Always keep an eye on our Ding and Dent category for great deals!

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  • WilliamB / about 15 years ago / 2

    Will sparkfun be selling those robots? They're really great. I think the talking feature is fantastic, but the fact that they have an accelerometer is even better. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these around.

  • MauriceRibble / about 15 years ago / 1

    Does anyone have an estimate on the cost to do a high altitude balloon project? In the linked article I couldn't find an contact email. It looks like the electronics are pretty cheap (under $200). I have no idea about how much the balloon costs or if there are permits needed.

    • Jassper / about 15 years ago / 1

      Permits - Yes. If you have a local rocket club (of type there of) they should be able to help you out.
      Not sure - but I think anything over 300feet requires a launch permit. That seems to stick in my head from when I launched rockets as a kid, but that may have all changed.

  • Giaccomo / about 15 years ago / 1

    These robots look amazing. Arduino is so amazing too. THis is a great thing to have on sparkfun, can i get like 40 for free?!?! :D

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