Greetings!

If any of the info on this website was useful for your projects or made your head spin with creative ideas, and you would like to share a token of your appreciation- a donation would be massively appreciated!

Your donation will go to my Robotics Fund, straight towards more sensors, actuators, books, and journeys. It takes a lot to continue building these robots, and I’m really thankful of everyone who helps encourage me along the way.


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“A wise robot once said to me through Serial.println- that robots teach us about ourselves.”

About


^ Photo by johngineer @ OHS 2011

Hi, I’m known as RobotGrrl. This is my blog where I document my various projects and share the learning process, hopefully they will be useful and inspiring to you. Check out my RoboBrrd STORE to buy some of my kits!

I’m interested in making robots with a personality that is shown through interacting with it. The interaction aspect is the key, and with it we can really unveil how robots can become their own type of creature. Eventually, these robotic creatures will have their own robo-culture, and be able to pass stories and traditions from one robot to the next. With so many robots interconnecting together, sharing stories, and having interesting personalities- it will be a robot society!

Best of all, the technical and creative challenges of robotics are fun (when you solve them). This has lead me to become better at programming, design pcbs, and work on mechanical modelling of robots– and I’m still learning!

If you want to get started in robotics, check out the kit that I designed: RoboBrrd. It was funded 151% of its goal in December 2012 on Indiegogo.

Have a question, thought, or idea? Send me an email:




Making

My favourite thing to do is making. I like making weird robots. Sometimes I prototype them in cardboard and tape, other times I use Autodesk Inventor and 3D print them on my Makerbot Replicator 1 (single extruder), nicknamed ‘The Red^Green Machine’.

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Recently I have been obsessed with making things that move ‘organically’. It lead me to create Botbait, a tentacle mechanism robot. Now I’m exploring the other things that can be made in a similar way. Eventually, maybe even a construction set so that it is easier to prototype flexible creations!

I think everyone should make things. It’s a way of getting the things you imagine in your head out into real life. Once you observe what you have made in the physical, you can think about it even more and see what modifications you need to make, maybe some that you didn’t think of in the first place!




The Future

In the future, I want to work on larger projects that involve more robots, at a bigger scale, with more people interacting with them. Something that would really give the impression that the robots we make can become actual creatures.

RoboBrrd MIT

Also, I have the dream of leading my own research group at the MIT Media Lab. It would be so amazing to have a team of people helping you make weird and crazy things, while tying the ideas together to something greater.

I also want to create a successful maker company, maybe one that would eventually be acquired by a ‘big’ toy company. That would be cool to have these making-style robots hit mainstream, and be alongside assembled toys. (Which one would you buy?!)




Recognition

• Intel Emerging Young Entrepreneur, 2013
• Ada Initiative Fellowship for Open Hardware Summit at MIT, 2013
• Maker Faire Educator’s Choice, 2012
• Apple WWDC student scholarship recipient, 2011
• Pi Mu Epsilon sophomore award for Computer Science, 2010
• Stanford University Educational Program for Gifted Youth Artificial Intelligence program, 2008
• McGill University – School of Computer Science (Robotics) Award, 2007
• Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Award, 2007

custom_robobrrds_1 Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 Editors Choice! w00t w00t!

Maker Faire:
Maker Faire NY 2012: Educator’s Choice
Maker Faire NY 2012: Editor’s Choice (x2)
Maker Faire Bay Area 2012: Editor’s Choice (x2)
Makerbot Awesome Award 2012
Maker Faire NY 2011: Editor’s Choice

Article on Forbes, local newspaper, more links below!




Interviews / Videos

- Google Developers Live

- Robots Podcast with Sabine Hauert!

- MAKE Editor’s Choice: Robots!

- RoboGames 2012 with Lem from Robots Dreams about RoboBrrd and robotics in general




Presentations

  • Maker Success Stories (Kingston Makerspace, 2014)
  • Maker Camp (Online, Google+ 2013, 2012)
  • Sharing the Inspiration with Robot Kits! (Open Hardware Summit 2012)
  • Eating Fruit – Apps for Arduino & RoboBrrd (SecondConf, September 2012
  • Homebrew Robotics Group – Show n Tell RoboBrrd (2012)
  • Theming your Physical Computing Projects! (Parsons The New School for Design, NYC, September 2011)
  • Recycling and mesh robots (Banff Centre presentation, Banff, Alberta, July 2011)
  • Ethical Dilemmas of the 3 Laws of Robotics (Freshman Clarkson University Honors Program Class, 2010)
  • Socializing a Social Robot with an Artificial Society (Poster presentation for Clarkson University’s SURE Conference, Summer 2010)
  • Social Robots (PechaKucha Montreal, QC presentation, May 2009)




Honours & Awards

2013

  • Interviewed on Robots Podcast
  • C2MTL Intel Emerging Young Entrepreneurs finalist

2012

  • RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign successfully funded
  • RoboBrrd appeared on CTV Montreal broadcast (Nov, Dec)
  • Maker Faire NYC Educators Choice Award
  • Maker Faire NYC Editors Choice Award (x2)
  • Maker Faire Bay Area Editors Choice Award (x2)
  • Cloud Robotics Hackathon – Team LIGHTNINGBOTS – Won Montreal competition & global competition
  • StartupWeekend Montreal – Team EDUBOTICS – Made it through pitch fire round and delivered a final pitch

2011

  • Maker Faire NYC Editors Choice Award
  • Invited to & presented at international workshop on recycling pervasive media and e-waste at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta
  • WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference) Student Scholarship
  • Stwutter #5 Social Networking (Paid) in Mac App Store (US, April 20)
  • Won morning contest at Confoo YellowAPI HackFest
  • Yelling Robot #1 Entertainment (Free) in Mac App Store (US, Jan. 6)
  • Yelling Robot #11 Top Free in Mac App Store (UK, Jan. 6)




Features on Websites:

2014

  • Adafruit – Erin RobotGrrl #ALD14 @findingada [link]

2013

  • Adafruit – Erin Robotgrrl: 3Dx2013 Year In Review #AdafruitTopTen #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D [link] (Dec 2013)
  • Adafruit – #3DxRobotics – RoboGrrl’s Open Hardware 3D Printed Buddy 4000 Chassis #3DThursday #3DPrinting [link] (Nov 2013)
  • Robots.net – Robots Podcast #140: Getting started with RobotGrrl [link] (Oct 2013)
  • MAKE – RobotGrrl Offering Tentacle Bot Kits [link] (Oct 2013)
  • Sugru – RobotGrrl has a new project – RoboTentacles! [link] (Aug 2013)
  • Intel Platform – DIY Robot Kits [link] (May 2013)
  • MAKE – RobotGrrl Introduces Buddy 4000 [link] (May 2013)

2012

  • WIRED – Make Lil RoboBrrd With the littleBits Electronics Learning Kit [link] (June 2012)
  • c128 – Robotgrrl in IEEE [link] (Dec 2012)
  • WIRED – The RoboBrrd Kit for Kids — Simple, Powerful and Oh So Cute! [link] (Nov 2012)
  • DVICE – Want to get into robotics? Start with a RoboBrrd [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Robert Lysik – RoboBrrd! [link] (Nov 2012)
  • IEEE Automaton – Video Friday [...] RoboBrrds [link] (Nov 2012)
  • MAKE – Learn About Robotics With RoboBrrd [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Robots.net – Help Give Wings to RoboBrrd and STEM [link] (Nov 2012)
  • EMSL – RoboBrrd on Indiegogo [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Seeedstudio – RoboBrrd!!! [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Adafruit – RoboBrrd – A fun introductory experience into the world of robotics engineering! Designed as a do-it-yourself kit! [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Techfieber – [Roboter-Fieber] RoboBrrd – bauen, lernen, programmieren [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Hacked Gadgets – RoboBrrd by RobotGrrl [link] (Nov 2012)
  • LaunchLab – CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBOTGRRL! [link] (Nov 2012)
  • Adafruit – @adafruit Visits @RobotGrrl @makerfaire [link] (Oct 2012)
  • Adafruit – KTOWN, Robotgrrl & Ladyada! [link] (Sept 2012)
  • Super Awesome Sylvia – RoboBrrd to the Rescue! [link] (Aug 2012)
  • Forbes – Robotics Goes Social With RoboBRRD and Erin Kennedy [link] (May 2012)
  • MAKE – RobotGrrl’s Heathkit Build Continues [link] (May 2012)
  • EMSL – The Heathkit Build – Part 2 – Building [link] (May 2012)
  • EMSL – The Heathkit Build – Part 1 – Unboxing & Components [link] (May 2012)
  • CTV Montreal:
    What’s On: Holiday entertainment for Montreal

2011

  • IEEE Spectrum – RoboBrrd Highlight Reel: RoboBrrdalicious [link] (Dec 2011)
  • NFC Rumors – NFC robot project shows the future of toys [link] (Nov 2011)
  • Adafruit Industries – Make Your Own RoboBrrd! [link] (Nov 2011)
  • Arduino Blog – Matatino Lets Arduino Connect To Your Mac Apps [link] (Nov 2011)
  • Dangerous Prototypes – Matatino lets Arduino connect to Mac apps [link] (Nov 2011)
  • Adafruit Industries – #ADA11 – Erin RobotGrrl, Robot builder and iOS & Mac developer [link] (Oct 2011)
  • MAKE Blog – A RobotGrrl and Her Bots [link] (Sept 2011)
  • Maker Masters – Teen Scientist shows how to control Robots with an Ipad [link] (July 2011)
  • Maker Masters – Teen Roboticist Controls Robot from Ipad [link] (July 2011)
  • Maker Masters – Meet RoboBrrd [link] (July 2011)
  • Maker Masters – Meet Robotgrrl – Making Robots from Popsicle sticks and Arduino. [link] (July 2011)
  • Adafruit Industries – Adafruit + RobotGrrl Team Up [link] (March 2011)




History…

2010

  • MANOI, hockey playing robot, shown on Discovery Channel
  • Pi Mu Epsilon Sophomore award for Computer Science, presented at Clarkson University’s Recognition Day

2009

  • MANOI, personal humanoid robot, shown on Discovery Channel
  • Guest on the internet TV show: Fat Man and Circuit Girl (it’s really cool)
  • Accepted into Honors Program at Clarkson University, Potsdam NY
  • The Clarkson School 4.0/4.0 GPA Award

2008

  • Top 10 Dvice MAKE Cylon Competition
  • Certificate of Recognition For Outstanding Effort and Participation in the Regional Science Fair, Kuper Academy
  • Silver Medal Finalist Bell Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair

2007

  • Gold Medal Finalist Bell Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair
  • McGill University – School of Computer Science (Robotics) Award
  • Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Award
  • Track & Field Team MVP (2007 & 2006)

  • Adafruit Industries – Refurbishing a Robot using Motor Shield and MintyBoost [link] (July 2010)
  • MATLAB Central (Link Exchange) – Arduino to Matlab – Read in sensor data! [link] (Jan 2010)
  • The Amp Hour – The Amp Hour #12 — Dave Is Back And Blogging! (they mentioned the Robot Party) [link] (Oct 2010)
  • BotJunkie – Merry Christmas (Or Whatever) From BotJunkie [link] (Dec 2009)
  • MAKE – Hockey playing robot looks meaner than Gretsky [link] (Nov 2008)
  • DVICE – Styrobots: Stanford student bankrolls her tuition with adorable robots [link] (June 2008)
  • uCHobby – RobotGrrl Styrobots Arrive! [link] (June 2008)
  • Robots.net – Help Send RobotGrrl to Stanford [link] (June 2008)
  • RoboJenny – Interview with RobotGrrl [link] (June 2008)
  • MAKE – MAKE Flickr pool weekly roundup [link] (June 2008)
  • Robots.net – Random Robot Roundup [link] (June 2008)
  • Nucleus Learning – RobotGrrl [link] (June 2008)
  • uCHobby – RobotGrrl needs our help! [link] (May 2008)
  • MAKE – Build a BristleBot to clean up your apartment [link] (March 2008)