Let's Make Robots!

Maker Faire NYC 2011 Summary

The Let's Make Robots team had a great time at Maker Faire NYC. 

LMR received two Maker Faire Editor's Choice Blue Ribbons. One from Becky Stern and one from Chris Conners

That doesn't include blue ribbons awarded to individuals who are also LMR members, like the two given to RobotGrrl!

Sneak Peek: Jamie's Awesome Robot Toy

Some of you may know user Jamie, who has posted here occasionally, but spends most of his online time on his YouTube Channel. There he posts about his Giant Robot Project and other amazingly cool stuff he does.

DAGU Playful Puppy Robot Review

 

Introduction

OddBot (Russell) sent me a DAGU Playful Puppy Robot kit to check out. This little guy is really neat.

What's ignoblegnome building?

Any guesses what I am building? Sound like a fun game to play?

I am anxious to hear your guesses.


Update: An easier way. 

TheAndroidMan posted a tip/walkthrough on adding pnuematics to a robot. That will make this project much easier.


Update: The answer!

GRAB-E Build

NOTE: This is a reverse chronological blog. Start at the bottom if you are new to it. The most recent entry is at top, just below this notice.

You can also view the Robot Page for this bot.


Update 2011-07-13 (in the wee hours of the morning)

Blind Lemon Build Blog

Note: This is a reverse chronologic blog, with the newest entries at the top.

See the Blind Lemon robot page for more info.

  • Video1: Y-Bridge motor driver test
  • Video 2: Function test


Update 2011-07-10

 

I was asked to bring Blind Lemon along to appear with me on Make: Live this coming Wednesday. Poor BL had been sitting in a box, and was a bit worse for wear from my kids playing with him.

Review: Hobbybotics Hobbyduino Mini

 

Introduction

Brooksware2000 (Curtis) nicely sent me a couple of ATMega 328 chips flashed with the Arduino boot loaders, since I had mentioned that I wasn't set up to flash the chips I had myself. He included an Arduino clone board he made, and asked me to let him know what I thought. And so I bring you a review of the Hobbybotics Hobbyduino Mini!

Mr Loboto

I was looking at Digi01's Turbot and thinking how cool it was to have a robot that could move and react to stimuli without any software. Some poking around showed me that the original Turbot was a creation of Mark Tilden, the inventor or BEAM robotics.

BEAM stands for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics. It is a style of robot making that takes it's inspiration from biology. Most BEAM robots are controlled with simple analog circuitry rather than a microcontroller.

Build a brassier fly trap

I'm working on a steampunk inspired brass animatronic venus fly trap. I will call her Venux. Venux's robot page is posted, but there is more info in this blog.