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:
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’.
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!
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.
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?!)
• 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
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