Let's Make Robots!

What are you building for Halloween?

So, is anyone building anything fun for Halloween? Cool decorations, costumes or animatronics?

I'm working on a candy jar skull to great trick-or-treaters at the door. The lid will open and reveal a "Take One" sign written in fake blood. The jaw is also animated and I plan to add sound and animated LED eyes.

World Maker Faire NY 2015!


September 28, 2015: Post Maker Faire Review

The Let's Make Robots Maker Faire Team

We had an amazing time at Maker Faire this year! I would like to start by thanking the whole crew.

LMR Primer - Useful Links for New Members and Old Alike

"How do I build a robot?" 

"Which processor should I use?"

"Can you teach me to do that?"

These are the sort of questions we get again and again on LMR.  We're a helpful bunch of people, and we want you to have fun and learn too.  You are a very talented person.

The links I've collected below are ones that I feel may help you find what you are looking for. There are tons of other great material on LMR. Don't limit youself to the list below, but do check them out if you have questions in those areas.

Let's Make Robots at World Maker Faire in NY 26 to 27 Sep 2015!

Come visit Let's Make Robots at World Maker Faire in NY 26 to 27 Sep 2015! Let's Make Robots is a global online community of robot makers since 2008. We love to share our knowledge and have fun letting people play with our robots. Come visit us in the Robots area of Zone 4.

The Shout Box Disappeared!

Around 9:55 am EDT, the Shout Box disappeared from my screen on both my PC and from my Andriod phone. Anyone else experience this?

MAKE: Jaimie and the Giant Robot

Some of you know Jaimie Mantzel and his awesome Giant Robot Project. Well, a couple of guys are putting together a documentary about him. They've already shot all the footage, but they are looking for help on post production and with film festival entry fees. Read more on MAKE...

MAKE: Skill Builder - Hydraultics for Robots

I wrote a quick tutorial covering some of the basic concepts of hydraulic systems, and how that applies to a simple robotic arm project. Read more on MAKE... 


Swivels, lifts, and grabs.
Picked up a neat wooden robotic arm that uses three linked pairs of syringes as a hydraulic system. One pair swivels the base. Another lifts and lowers the arm. The … Read more
Moves! Talks in Minionese! Makes you laugh!
Are  you a fan of the Despicable Me movies? Eagerly awaiting the release of the Minions prequel movie this summer? Time to build your own Minion. You know you want … Read more

My Soft Robotic Hand in Popular Science

I'm really excited to announce that one of my robotics projects is now in Popular Science magazine!

I met two editors from PopSci last year at NY Maker Faire, and exchanged contact info. Later one of them reached out to me to ask if I'd like to do a robotics project for the magazine, based on the resources in Harvard's Soft Robotics Toolkit.The toolkit is an excellent place to start if you are interested in soft robotics.