Let's Make Robots!

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.

What's your favorite software for robotics?

Which software do you use for making robots? 

This could be software for anything you use in your robot making, from conception to design, to testing and control. I'd like to steer away from listing microcontroller development environments (Arduino IDE, PICAXE Programming Editor, etc.)

Post your favorites in the comments and I'll compile a list.

MAKE: Robots Past and Present

Robots have been a big part of Maker Faire from the beginning. Check out Maker Faire robots from 2008 to today. Including a great video of Chris the Carpenter showing off Walter II.See more on MAKE...

MAKE: Bio-inspired Origami Folded Robots

Dash Robotics launches a fundraising campaign at Dragon Innovation for their bio-inspired origami folded robot. See more on MAKE...

MAKE: Walter II is a Machinist's Masterpiece

Chris the Carpenter's Walter II is a machinist's masterpiece! See more on MAKE...