Links

Below is a list of sites that I go to in order to keep up on current technology and buy the parts I need for the various research and development projects here at Second Robotics.

 

Electronic Suppliers:

Sparkfun  A great place to buy different electronic sub assemblies and parts. Also make sure to check out their tutorial section.

Parallax  Parallax is a good place to get a micro controller if you are new to the hobbies of electronics and robotics. They also sell many robot kits and nice sensors for future projects. They have recently moved into building custom sensors and sensor breakouts.  This is also a good site for various UAV drone parts

Robotshop  Robotshop is a somewhat new suppler though they have definitely made a name for their huge selection and top notch site.  I regularly look in at this site to see what new sensors, actuators or micro controllers are available.

Adafruit A cheap source for many electronic bits. A great source for a hobbyist or student on a budget.

Solarbotics.com This site has been around for a while. They were created from the boom of B.E.A.M robots. These were normally solar powered robots that were based on analog circuity. This site contains a lot of odd and ends that are hard to find elsewhere in small quantities. Here is also a great link to explain the movement:solarbotics.net

Programs/Frameworks:

Google sketch-up One of my go-to places for rough 3D design of my projects. A must have for any maker.

Autodesk Fusion 360 This is my current 3D modeling software I use. I happen to have a bit left on the commercial license. However, do not fear, it’s available for free and fully featured.

Arduino IDE An open source Arduino C++ coding environment.

Caffe is a deep learning framework made with expression, speed, and modularity in mind. It was developed by the Berkeley Vision and Learning Center. It is mainly used for object classification and detection.

(ROS) Robot operating system is a open source set of software libraries and tools that help you build robot applications. From drivers to state-of-the-art algorithms, and with powerful developer tools.

Nvidia QwikLAB’s is a site that has both free and paid courses on C/C++, Python, MATLAB, Cuda and Deep learning. You will need to buy credits to take some of the more advanced classes as you are buying time on a real remote supercomputer provided by Amazon web service currently.

3D printing:
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Engag3D Printing Is a local, very fast and friendly 3D printing company providing precision prints at great prices.

Sli3r  A very good open source g-code generator for .STL files.

Shapeways A online 3D printing service that has many different materials and processes to chose from. This is where I go for more of a finished prototype or art piece.

Thingiverse A digital design online database of 3D printable objects.

Electronics sites:

All About Circuits This is a Electronics community of over 300k users that has a lot of helpful tutorials and articles on electronics.

Wiki’s:

Jetson wiki This site contains a lot of helpful information on the powerful Nvidia TK1 and TX1 development boards

Pixy Great low cost solution for vision processing. This is a link to the Wiki site with tons of information on this sensor.

Other blog/project sites:

Jetson hacks is a site focused on developing on the NVIDIA Jetson Development Kit platforms.

MyzharBot is an open source and open hardware robotic platform.

Learnaboutrobots Is a site that has detailed summaries of the type of applications robots are used for and many great pictures to go along with them.

Raffaello’s blog Raffaello Bonghi builds robots with the Jetson platform while finishing up his PhD.

Terradynamics Lab A great resource for those interested in legged robots and the principles behind them.

Karakuri A study site for the interaction of machines and humans with past eighteenth-century automata

Tips/how-to:

Storage tips A nice write up on how to keep the various educational/robotics stored so you can easily access them when you need.

Legal advice A site with explanations on how to get legal protection on your ideas and inventions

News:

www.robot.net A news feed on various robots and ideas from around the world.

Quoted is a news site, this link however does a great job explaining the basics of autonomous vehicles and the various terminology that goes with them.

www.makezine.com/blog  Great source for various maker projects.  It will give you step by step instructions for many projects to give a helping- hand to become a Maker.

Papers:

Fluid dynamics for students This paper presents the design of new hands-on educational hardware for exploring fluid mechanics and heat transfer concepts and preliminary data on how students understand these ideas.

Laws:

Wikipedia three laws of robotics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

FAA site on Small Unmanned Aircraft Current remotely piloted drone laws