Weekly Newsletter


#1

Newsletter #1

Last week we published: “Why Rust is the future of robotics” on Medium . The post received a lot of attention and many people subscribed to this newsletter. Probably including you.

So we are writing to say thanks!

Together, we are starting this journey to make robotic development simpler, safer and more collaborative. For this reason we decided to releasing all our work in open source at https://github.com/pollen-robotics/luos

Our aim is to gather a community of enthusiast around Luos. So if time permits, we would love to have your opinion on how to organize the community by filling this 1 minute survey: https://goo.gl/forms/xIDCnH6jnSbHLVzE2

Next week, this newsletter will include:

  • more blog posts explaining what we do and why we do it
  • a tutorial on how to setup your Rust environnement for embedded
  • a “hello-world” example for embedded, that is blinking a led or using a simple button state

This should get you started smoothly into Rust for embedded. With these simple steps, you will already be able to make your first contribution to the project! Robots will soon follow :wink:

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm.

See you next week,


Link to this newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/faca49383db8/pollen-robotics-newsletter-1


#2

Newsletter #2

I have a lot of news for you this week!

New blog article

First and foremost, we sent our very first electronic board powered by Luos! We explained why it is important for us on Medium: “Today we are entering the next stage of our startup journey!”

Get Started with Luos

As promised last week, we just released our first tutorials! You can find them at https://pollen-robotics.gitbooks.io/luos/. You will learn how to setup your environment for Rust in embedded and to compile and push you first interactive program on a development board.

And to get started quickly, the board can be purchased directly on the brand new Luos website .

New community tool

Following last week survey, we also opened a forum at https://forum.luos.io/ to discuss projects and share experiences. You can already register and present yourself and your projects.

New articles about motor control

We also published two new articles in our series on motors called “How to stop being controlled by your DC motor: reverse the roles!”:

BTW do you know Reachy?

Finally, and I almost forgot, we also made a nice webpage to present our robotic arm Reachy: https://www.pollen-robotics.com/reachy/. It is an open-source human-size robotic arm that is both elegant and versatile. If you know someone interested in such an arm, please forward them the link :wink:


Next week, this newsletter will include:

  • more blog posts explaining what we do and why we do it, we are going to the Bett Show , so we will talk about robotics in education!
  • a tutorial explaining how to read an analog pin and generate PWM signals
  • a simple example combining both features to control a servomotor using a position sensor

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm.

See you next week,


Link to this newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/635feedfa668/pollen-robotics-newsletter-358223


#3

Newsletter #3

As every week, we send you the latest news about the development of Luos and Pollen Robotics.

New blog article

This week we published “Kids must learn robotics, but do you know why?” . A reflexion from Gilles Lassus on teaching robotics at school.

Rust roadmap for embedded

The preliminary roadmap for Rust in 2018 has just been published. In it, they have a dedicated section for Rust for embedded which refers to our call for stability . We also recommend reading @japaric post on the roadmap for embedded , especially the new approach to I/O in embedded that we are in the process of integrating into Luos.

Tutorial

We released three new tutorials this week:

Using the STM32-DISCO development board , a potentiometer and a servomotor you will learn how to build a simple elastic gun and control it in Rust!

elastic_rubber_shooter

Forum

We opened Luos forum last week: https://forum.luos.io/

If you are interested to vote for the robot of the month, hurry up the votes are closing this week. To vote, simply create an account and you will be able to chose what we should build next !

And while you are at it, tell us a bit more about you and your projects (What are you working on?) . The forum is also the place to discuss you progress and problems you encounter when following our tutorials.


Next week, this newsletter will include:

  • A full tutorial on how to use the upcoming official Luos development board, called the L0 . The board is still under development but we are sending it this week to our first beta-testers. The documentation will thus be ready and available to all.
  • The roadmap for Luos for 2018 where we will explain what features will be prioritized in the development. We will ask for your comments and feedback to refine and improve the roadmap.

We will also update our website at https://www.pollen-robotics.com/

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm.

See you next week,


Link to this newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/c52c20484c06/pollen-robotics-newsletter-362331


#4

Newsletter #4

This week we are presenting the official Luos board, the L0!

Tutorial

We released a dedicated tutorial (https://pollen-robotics.gitbooks.io/luos/introducing_L0/) for the L0 explaining:

You can preorder a full kit on Luos website (https://www.luos.io/product/starter-kit-luos-l0/) , it comes with three L0 boards, a USB shield, cables and the electronic components needed to reproduce the tutorial.

We are currently contacting manufacturers to produce a first batch of one hundred L0 boards, it should be with us next month.

New blog article

This week we published “Get to know your DC motor: how to read a datasheet” (https://medium.com/pollenrobotics/how-to-read-a-dc-motors-datasheet-f70fa440452b) , another fabulous piece from Simon Baudry about DC motor control.

New website

It is been far too long since we updated Pollen Robotics website. It is now brand new and make a clearer distinction between Pollen Robotics the creative robot company and Luos the open source robotic engine.

You can find it here: https://www.pollen-robotics.com/. A wonderful design by Matthieu Lapeyre.

Robot of the month

Last but not least, the vote for the robot of the month (February 2018 Poll: Dynamixel XL320, Dynamixel MX or small wheeled robot) is now closed. And the winner is a Dynamixel XL320 shield for the L0.

This shield will enable to add Dynamixel XL320 motors to any Luos robot, and combine them with other sensors and actuators in seconds. You can follow our progress here ([Shield L0] Dynamixel XL320) .

If you want to participate to the next vote, simply register to the Luos forum (https://forum.luos.io) .


Next week, this newsletter will include:

  • The next stages of the L0 tutorial. We will exemplify our vision of modular design by connecting three Luos boards together and controlling components from each boards from a single application.
  • The roadmap of Luos for 2018 where we will explain what features will be prioritized in the development.
  • More blog posts about open source and motor control.

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm!

See you next week,


Link to this newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/c7090a2b7f9a/pollen-robotics-newsletter-366539


#5

Newsletter #5

Last week was another dense week for Luos!

First L0 shipped

We are proud to announce we have shipped our first L0 boards: We shipped our first Luos L0!

We shipped two starter kits (https://www.luos.io/product/starter-kit-luos-l0/) to the EnsadLab (http://www.ensadlab.fr/) in Paris, France. The EnsadLab does research on artistic innovation. They are interested in Luos modular design principles because it has potential to help teams to focus on the creative aspects of their work instead of the technicalities. We invite you to discover their projects (http://www.ensadlab.fr/) , especially the MISB-kit project (http://misbkit.ensadlab.fr) !

Tutorial

We released the two next stages of the L0 tutorial explaining:

An amazing work from Pierre Rouanet (https://github.com/pierre-rouanet) and Nicolas Rabault (https://github.com/nicolas-rabault) .

You can preorder your Luos L0 starter kit (https://www.luos.io/product/luos-l0/) on our website to replicate this tutorial and many more to come. The L0 use a shield system and we will release shields frequently with new functionalities. We are currently working on the shield to control Dynamixel XL320 as requested by the community (February 2018 Poll: Dynamixel XL320, Dynamixel MX or small wheeled robot) .

You can follow our progress on the shield on our forum: [Shield L0] Dynamixel XL320

New blog article

Last week we published “Why Luos and Robus are open source” (https://medium.com/pollenrobotics/why-luos-and-robus-are-open-source-5f0898223954) , where we explain our vision and why we moved to open source to make it real.

Next week, this newsletter will include:

  • The roadmap of Luos for 2018 where we will explain what features will be prioritized in the development.
  • A tutorial explaining how we plan to abstract from the HAL crate you discovered in the first tutorials
  • A new blog post about motor control.

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm!

See you next week,
Jonathan, on behalf of the Pollen Team


Link: http://mailchi.mp/c24393ab1f05/pollen-robotics-newsletter-371095


#6

Hi all!

We will be at embedded world (https://www.embedded-world.de/en) next week on the Rust stand! Embedded World is the leading international fair for embedded systems.

If you are attending, come and meet us to discuss Rust for Embedded, we will be in Hall 3. We will bring our L0 boards with plenty of demos to show you!

Tutorial

We released a tutorial on abstraction in Rust (https://pollen-robotics.gitbooks.io/luos/content/tutorials/06_a_first_look_at_abstractions.html) . You will discover how to create a Led and a Button structure with specialized methods. You will learn to implement a toggle() method for the Led and a debounced_read() method for the Button.

To test this tutorial you can order the STM32F0-DISCO board (https://www.luos.io/product/stm32f0-disco/) on our website.

Robot of the month

We just opened the vote for the robot of the month of March (March 2018 Poll: Motion Tracking, Bluetooth or a set of essential shields) ! You can choose between a motion tracker, a Bluetooth gate or a set of essential shields.

We are on good tracks for the robot of the month of February. We just produced the shield in house and are working on the code on our rustamixel repository on github (https://github.com/pollen-robotics/rustamixel) . You can follow our progress here: [Shield L0] Dynamixel XL320.

New blog article

We just published “Luos roadmap Q1 2018 (https://medium.com/pollenrobotics/luos-roadmap-q1-2018-c09970a3253c) ”, where we explain the plan for the next two months with Luos.

Next week, this newsletter will include:

  • A tutorial on our L0 boards.
  • More progress on the XL 320 shield.
  • A new blog post about motor control.

Once again thanks for your enthusiasm!

See you next week,


Link to this newsletter: http://mailchi.mp/3f933d0da6e2/pollen-robotics-newsletter-375743