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Gareth used Arduino + MotorShield to create Puff – the Magical Firefighting Dragon!

Puff is able to Put out Fires – He Scans his Head to find the Flames – he orientates towards the Flame – and Blows it out.

If he fails to blow out the Fire within 2 sweeps then the “PANIC” mode switches in and he backs away to save himself from frying his “Chips”.

Puff is an Arduino based tracked autonomus Robotic Vehicle with “Cliff” and “Obstacle” detection.

The bot uses 2 LDRs for flame tracking, plus infrared sensor for avoiding falls/collisions. (He also sports a nifty pair of glasses in the test videos. See more on the project page. [via adafruit industries]

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MotorShield for Arduino Kit

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

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  1. Jeremy on said:

    Interesting project, and I hate to be one of “those people”, but “orientate” is not a word. The word you’re looking for is “orient”. :)

    • Gareth Branwyn on said:

      Hate to burst your bubble there, Jeremy, but “orientate” is absolutely a word and is an acceptable variant of “orient.” From the mid-19th century, and common in British English.

    • Yes, Jeremy, thank you. I am a nurse by profession, and people are always saying “orientate” instead of “orient”. I think there are already too many needlessly long words (particularly in health care). Now, what can we do about “functionality”?

      On the other hand, I don’t want my word pet peeve to eclipse my appreciation for the article. Cool, thanks for writing about it!

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