customer. Jessica Uelmen, Director of Strategic Operations,
spent many hours teaching me about the Eddie robot that
uses Microsoft’s RDS system and its Kinect sensor. It
probably took more time for me to learn the system than
most people, but using that robot was an amazing
Andy Lindsay (shown in Figure 19) is the author of
most of the Parallax series of student study guides and was
most patient while instructing me on the Propeller-based
robot shown in the foreground.
Parallax is also involved with the Boy Scouts, not only in
assisting in the preparation of the Scout’s robot merit
badge study book, but in instructing BS counselors in
how to teach scouts about robots. The company is
creating an entire educational line around the Propeller,
including a new robot.
Parallax Aims for the Future
Ken showed me a prototype of a gas-engine
powered robot base (shown in Figure 20) which is
similar to their old hydraulic pump/motor QuadRover,
but is electrically powered with an alternator electric
motor setup. New multi-rotor flyers, Propeller-based
robots, an expanded line of educational products, and
forever thinking up new products will keep this
company in business for years to come.
Their new products not withstanding, Parallax is
also supporting those who prefer the popular Arduino
microcontrollers and offer shields to assist with these
projects, though they are certainly actively promoting
the Propeller for all applications requiring a powerful,
yet very affordable microcontroller.
My experiences with Parallax products and the friendly
staff have left me with some great memories of a good
company and nice people who try hard and succeed in
producing great products for the robotics, educational, and
electronics communities. As previously stated, most of their
products are made here in the USA and the quality and
customer care is quite evident.
Go online and take a look at their extensive line of
products. I’m sure you will be impressed like me. SV
80 SERVO 09.2013
Figure 18. Yes. Props can break if you land upside down on them.
Figure 19. Andy
instructed me in
Figure 20. Prototype gas/electric robot.