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Maker Faire Ottawa

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We showed our robots at the amazing Maker Faire Ottawa! There were many people who were interested in the robots, and became inspired to try building their own.

If you did not have the chance to make it to Ottawa, here is a video of our table!

Photos of our table:

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Here are the statistics from what I’ve heard: There were about 4,000 people on the first day, and 3,000 on the second. They beat the total attendance from 2010 in the first hour. Maker Faire Ottawa is the fastest growing Mini Maker Faire. And if Commander Hadfield was in Ottawa, he would have visited too! Maybe next year ;D

We were also interviewed on CBC – read more here.

We had two RoboBrrds there. This new yellow one, Coolios, and the black Spikey one. Coolios works with a sonar sensor, except that it was a little buggy and it came across as a very hyper robot. Spikey works with the iPad App we developed, RoboBrrd Dance.

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Kids always enjoy interacting with RoboBrrd!

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(^ Thx to whomever took this photo, great shot!)

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(^ Photo cred @edgarmtoro – Thx!)

At one point in time, kids were lined up to use the RoboBrrd Dance app. How cool is that?!

We added some new RoboBrrd Kits to the store. Check them out if you want to get started building!

We also had the Automatic Food Slicer Robot in action, slicing some playdoh.

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Pretty much as expected- older adults were interested in this robot. I hope that I can make it more stable in the future, so that way they can buy / make one, and it will help them. That would be cool.

We recently finished off a portion of this project for entrance into the Hackaday Space Prize. We’ll be blogging about this later, but for now you can view all the information here.

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Kids also enjoyed interacting with AFSR. This is mostly because we were using the cool Hover gesture board. It takes a little time to figure out how far and fast to wave your hand for the gestures, but once they get it then they can control the robot very easily.

One of the best ideas we heard: We could use this robot to slice the crusts off bread! :D

The badge for Maker Faire Ottawa was absolutely stunning:

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Here are some nice tweets from makers!




We were also displaying Clyde the robot lamp! Some of the backers of Fabule’s Kickstarter recently received their lamp too. Stay tuned for more info about what we are going to be making with our Clyde- it will be exciting!

A few weeks prior to the Maker Faire, we received a huge box from Intel. With our Intel Galileo 2, we will be making Cognito Collobot. The goal is to make a robot that can give a TED talk. This is for the new TED XPrize. It will be challenging, but we are going to try.

Also on our display board, two panels for people who were really interested in it, was detailing my Moonshot-In-Progress project. In terms of Google Solve For X, here are the three main points:

Huge Problem: With the rise of the aging population, there will be more need for assistance in their homes. The physical objects that surround them will become problematic as motor ability decreases.

Breakthrough Technology: (Work in progress) “The LED of motors” — something that can be soldered to a pcb, and when given power it can actuate. Different patterns could perform various actuations. There could be an abundance of actuators!

Radical Solution: When motors are as available as LEDs, we could add them to everything. With software, we could manipulate all the objects around us like they are fluid — even have the objects able to sense and automatically move based on previous patterns.

Everything around us would no longer be inanimate physical objects, but instead ones that are alive and can adapt to our needs and the environment.

As of right now, I currently have two main ideas on how to possibly make this work. Still have some more reading and learning to do, but I will be working on this. Watching the Solve For X videos have been very inspiring.

Has no one else on this planet been bugged by the fact that we can’t just tell things to move? It takes very long to add motors to everything. We should just have motor tape — or something similarly accessible.

We still have to work out the idea more, but this is a crazy goal that we will chase and strive to achieve some day. ;)

We also displayed the parts from the Laser Level Teardown. A couple of people were interested in this.

In four years from now, maybe we will be sponsors for Maker Faire Ottawa. This sounds like a great goal. :)

If you are looking to support my work in some way, back my fan-funding campaign on Patreon and check out the RoboBrrd store!

This was a great Maker Faire. Thanks to everyone for making it a huge success. Special thanks to Britta, Remco, Olivier, Amos and Naomi! Without your help I would not have been able to show the robots here, so thanks. :)

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New Boards!

Four new boards, open source hardware, timelapse video, and a tutorial!

New Boards!

Big day, we have four new boards! Here is a little overview of each:

 

Boards

RoboBrrd Brain (APMB)

Your RoboBrrd needs a brain! Use this Arduino Pro Mini Breakout board that was specifically designed for RoboBrrd to get it up and running.

More details / View in store

 

Quick! Resistors!

Add resistors to your project with simplicity and elegance.

More details / View in store

 

Quick! Voltage Divider!

Add two voltage dividers to your project — usually used with variable resistors as sensors.

More details / View in store

 

Arduino Pro Mini Breakout

Embed an Arduino into a project, with a suitable amount of prototyping space available.

More details / View in store

 

 

Available Now

You can buy these boards on our store, right now.

 

 

Timelapse Video

Here is a short video of the making of the boards in gEDA! Time goes by so quickly on timelapse mode…

Watch on YouTube

 

 

New Tutorial

We are including 3D printed enclosure ‘sleds’ with each of the boards. It would be very tedious to design these by hand, but there is a way you can export the pcb from gEDA into Inventor. We thought we would share this with you!

3D Printed PCB Enclosure: gEDA to Autodesk Inventor

Learn more!

 

 

Open Source Hardware!

The gEDA pcb files, as well as the Inventor enclosure files are open source!

View the Github repository.

 

RoboBrrd Fundraiser on Tindie

We are having a RoboBrrd fundraiser / pre-order on Tindie right now. Check it out here!

With your help, we’ll (hopefully) be able to meet our goal of 30 RoboBrrds to do another production run. We have learnt many things during the first run from the Indiegogo campaign, now we’re up to trying it again. Each of the RoboBrrds ordered in the Tindie fundraiser will receive a special Brrdy-Tindie token. ;)

The fundraiser is only up for two weeks! If you can share the word about the fundraiser with your friends, teachers, animals, robots, aliens, and everyone else- it will be incredibly useful.

We will have more updates, secret RoboBrrd messages, and goodies coming soon. :D