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I just sat down with Pierce Nichols of Logos Electromechanical at the Open Hardware Summit to take a look at some of his kits and projects. He has been busy working on new versions of his Zigduino, among other shields and accessories, but what really caught my attention was his latest robot project.

The bot uses an Zigduino to balance and communicate with the remote control, which houses another Zigduino. We ran it for a while and the balance algorithm worked really well. It’s great to meet makers like Pierce who are so willing to share his projects and experiences. I’m really looking forward to starting my own balancing bot, and I’ll be looking to Pierce for a little help.

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    We’re giving away a pair of Zigduinos as part of the monthly tronixstuff.com competition – see http://wp.me/pQmjR-1Tr for more information.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We’re giving away a pair of Zigduinos as part of the monthly tronixstuff.com competition – see http://wp.me/pQmjR-1Tr for more information.

  3. Shaun Crampton says:

    The bot looks like it’s built on the chassis from my ArduRoller project: https://github.com/fasaxc/ArduRoller

  4. Good eyes! I based the chassis and the electronics BoM on the Arduroller. The code is my own work, because this was built in part for a control systems class. I’m working on a couple of exhaustive blog posts which will include full credit to you and the other people whose work I used in this project. 

  5. COB674 says:

    Outstanding work! The Zigduino boards are awsome. This company is making new boards all the time and is great for hobbyists. I got the controller boards and Zigduino. Great for Arudino too! Thanks!

  6. COB674 says:

    Outstanding work! The Zigduino boards are awsome. This company is making new boards all the time and is great for hobbyists. I got the controller boards and Zigduino. Great for Arudino too! Thanks!