Category Archives: external video

DARPA Robotics Challenge

Seeing your own robot fall takes your breath away – this is why this video shows you robots falling which where build by strangers at the DARPA Robotics Challenge this year 🙂

Of course there has been a winner, which you can see here:

It’s amazing what robots already are capable of, even if it still takes several hours to solve simple issues.

Cheetah – Jumping the obstacle

In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.

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Goliath tracked mine – one of the first mobile robots

During my thesis I did some research about mobile robots.  Therefore the Goliath tracked mine, or the ‘Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath (Sd.Kfz. 302/303a/303b)’ in German as one of the first mobile robots always fascinated me. Created in the late 1940 and mass produced between 1942 and 1944 about 7500 of this remote cable controlled mobile bases could carry up to 60kgs of high explosives. Way before modern Robots like the iRobot BigDog or its successors this equally sounding robot is powered by two combustion engines.

After some research I figured out that in my area there is the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden, which is presenting one of this impressive machines. Therefore I went to Dresden an took some photos, which I want to share with you:

Some people also present them in action:

In case there will be an bigger version of the aMoSeRo this robot might share its physical dimensions with it. Also the track system is impressive and in case its operable upside down really well suitable for heavy duty terrain.

Controlling a stepper motor 28BYJ-48 with a Raspberry Pi

Actually there is no need to explain more about stepper motors than that video does:

Currently I am using this python code to get the motors running:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# import required libs
import time
import RPi.GPIO as GPIO

GPIO.cleanup() #cleaning up in case GPIOS have been preactivated
# Use BCM GPIO references
# instead of physical pin numbers
# be sure you are setting pins accordingly
StepPins = [10,9,11,25]
# Set all pins as output
for pin in StepPins:
  GPIO.output(pin, False)

#wait some time to start
# Define some settings
StepCounter = 0
WaitTime = 0.0015
# Define simple sequence
StepCount1 = 4
Seq1 = []
Seq1 = range(0, StepCount1)
Seq1[0] = [1,0,0,0]
Seq1[1] = [0,1,0,0]
Seq1[2] = [0,0,1,0]
Seq1[3] = [0,0,0,1]
# Define advanced sequence
# as shown in manufacturers datasheet
StepCount2 = 8
Seq2 = []
Seq2 = range(0, StepCount2)
Seq2[0] = [1,0,0,0]
Seq2[1] = [1,1,0,0]
Seq2[2] = [0,1,0,0]
Seq2[3] = [0,1,1,0]
Seq2[4] = [0,0,1,0]
Seq2[5] = [0,0,1,1]
Seq2[6] = [0,0,0,1]
Seq2[7] = [1,0,0,1]

#Full torque
StepCount3 = 4
Seq3 = []
Seq3 = [3,2,1,0]
Seq3[0] = [0,0,1,1]
Seq3[1] = [1,0,0,1]
Seq3[2] = [1,1,0,0]
Seq3[3] = [0,1,1,0]
# set
Seq = Seq2
StepCount = StepCount2
# Start main loop
  while 1==1:
    for pin in range(0, 4):
      xpin = StepPins[pin]
      if Seq[StepCounter][pin]!=0:
        #print " Step %i Enable %i" %(StepCounter,xpin)
        GPIO.output(xpin, True)
        GPIO.output(xpin, False)
    StepCounter += 1

  # If we reach the end of the sequence
  # start again
    if (StepCounter==StepCount):
      StepCounter = 0
    if (StepCounter<0):
      StepCounter = StepCount
  # Wait before moving on
finally: #cleaning up and setting pins to low again (motors can get hot if you wont) 
  for pin in StepPins:
    GPIO.output(pin, False)

it is based on code by matt.hawkins but with some improvements I did.

Please be sure you set your GPIOs accordingly to your [amazon &title=Raspberry Pi&text=Raspberry Pi] Revision. So mine was REV 2.0.

Run the code with

sudo python

and hit [Ctrl]+[C] to stop it. All pins will be set to low afterwards.

In case you want control two motors of this type see another post I made here.


For a different version see: