How to Build a Robot Tutorials

Useful robot algorithms in both pseudocode and source code. Because programming is a very huge subject and there are billions of books and tutorials on how to program already written, all I plan to cover is specifically what is important to programming robots not mentioned in common literature. Bootloader, Step-by-Step […]

Useful robot algorithms in both pseudocode and source code. Because programming
is a very huge subject and there are billions of books and tutorials on how to program
already written, all I plan to cover is specifically what is important to programming
robots not mentioned in common literature.

Bootloader, Step-by-Step

A bootloader is a program used to upload .hex files to your microcontroller without a hardware programmer.
Learn how to set up a bootloader for any AVR microcontroller.
This will also work for the $50 Robot. Computer Vision Tutorial Computer Vision Tutorial

A four part tutorial series that covers vision in biology, image processing, and most vision algorithms. Data Logging Tutorial Data Logging Tutorial

How to use a microcontroller and Hyperterminal for data logging, algorithm debugging, and sensor testing. Differential Drive Tutorial Differential Drive Tutorial

Learn about the most basic of robot control drive structures. Fuzzy Logic Tutorial Fuzzy Logic Tutorial

Learn how to implement fuzzy logic into your robots. Line Following Algorithms Line Following Algorithms

Basic robot line following algorithms. Microcontroller Cycles Microcontroller Cycles

Learn how to do timing on microcontrollers without using a hardware timer. PID Control Tutorial PID Control Tutorial

Implement PID control feedback into your robot feedback control. Photoresistor Algorithms - Photovore, Photophobe Photoresistor Algorithms – Photovore, Photophobe

Learn how how a robot can chase or avoid light. Printf() Function Printf() Function

Learn more about the C printf() function for microcontrollers. Good reference sheet for printf(). Robot Simulation Tutorial Robot Simulation Tutorial

Learn how and why to simulate your robots. Timers for Microcontrollers Timers for Microcontrollers

Sample code for setting up and programming timers for microcontrollers. Trigonometry Lookup Table Trigonometry Lookup Table

Required if you need real-time trigonometry calculations but have a slow processor (such as for omni-wheel robots). Microcontroller UART Tutorial UART Tutorial for Microcontrollers

Learn how you can use a microcontroller to transmit useful data by USB, serial, and wireless using the UART. Microcontroller UART Tutorial UART Tutorial Step-by-Step

An addition to the UART tutorial, giving you practical step-by-step instructions on
how to add UART functionality for any AVR based robot – including your $50 Robot. Variables in C Variables in C

Learn tricks about programming variables in C. Good reference chart for variable types. Wavefront Pathfinding Wavefront Pathfinding

One of the more basic algorithms for robot pathfinding. Includes additional adaptive mapping features. WebbotLib WebbotLib

The best AVR Library you’ll ever see. Completely and fully documented, large community of users, great support, and entirely free.
It has drivers for almost all common robotics hardware/sensors on the market,
and is fully compatible with the Axon microcontrollers. Member Tutorials

PWM – an Overview – introduction to coding PWM (and code for AVRs)

C Code Optimization – learn advanced code optimization techniques

I2C, a 101 – learn how to use I2C



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