RoboBrrd in OWL Magazine

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Check out September 2014′s issue of OWL Kids magazine- RoboBrrd is inside! Way cool!

The above photo is how RoboBrrd reads words. It uses a multimeter, and stares at the text with glowing red eyes. That is, if it can stay still. This is Coolios RoboBrrd, so it only remained calm for about 10 seconds before going crazy flapping its wings and twisting everywhere.

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A little while ago, out of nowhere, an editor at OWL contacted us if we wanted RoboBrrd in the magazine. We used to read OWL when we were really young! How crazy is that?!?! Thanks, Kim!

There is also a post about RoboBrrd on their OWL blog.

Check out this Maker Challenge:

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Pretty amazing to be in the same magazine as Commander Hadfield. Too bad he wasn’t at Maker Faire Ottawa!

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Hopefully this will inspire some people out there to build a robot. If you run in to any questions when building a robot and need help, post on the Robot Party Rockstars Google+ Group, and we can all lend a hand!

Shoutout to everyone who has helped with RoboBrrd in the past! If you want to get started building your own RoboBrrd, check out its nest on the web: RoboBrrd.com!

Clyde

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Clyde is a really cool robot lamp. It’s equipped with a bright white light, an RGB eye, and you can add capacitive touch to its legs.

The eye button is made out of silicone, and there is an IR detector that can tell when it is pressed. Quite clever!

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Recently Fabule sent a Clyde and a bunch of parts. They are sponsoring me to make projects for the #ClydeInvasion community!

The first endeavour was to create the ClydeDev library. If you want to dive in to making modifications for Clyde, this library is a good base to start with. It’s just the basic API without and behaviours added in. ;)

There will be five projects coming up in the future. Here are some hints as to the adventures that Clyde will be embarking on:

“Hippest Robot Award”
“[...] wild Clydes leaping through branches of trees like monkeys.”
“[...] Clydes who were listening would rejoice and join efforts on the invasion”
“blinky-semaphore”
“[...] when no one was looking, and breakdance on their new and shiny shells”

Can you guess what any of them will be? :D Stay tuned for the project videos!

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Mega thanks to Fabule – this is very cool and appreciate the opportunity!

Moonshot-in-Progress: Robots

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I started a crowdfunding campaign to develop some of my robots further. We would really appreciate your help to make it happen! Check it out!

The two goals are:

• Improve the Automatic Food Slicer Robot to slice a meal for 3 people during the holidays

• Experiment and try different ideas to create “motor tape”

We need your help to raise the funds so that we can cover parts cost and fabrication costs. Since AFSR was accepted to the Innovation Showcase, some funds will cover travel costs too.

Everything is described in more detail on the Indiegogo page. There are fun rewards for backing, so please do check it out! :D

Here is the “Motor Tape” Ideas Overview video:

Here is the AFSR Overview video:

If you think this is interesting and want to help in some way but can’t back the campaign, sharing the link with some of your friends would be great. Getting more people to see it definitely helps!

With new crazy robots ahead, it is sure to be another fun adventure! Electrically ecstatically exciting! :)