Maker Camp is a virtual summer camp for teens on Google+, where there is a hangout each day with different makers and different themes. Last year, we showed off RoboBrrd and detailed how to build one. It was great to meet the campers and their enthusiasm for making things!
This year, themed for create the future, we’re going to detail how we can get the creatures that exist in our imagination, to become alive in REAL LIFE — by making them into robots!
The fun will include details about:
- Designing / Building
Something for everyone! You can use these same steps when tinkering and making your creature come to life. It’s what we do for our robots.
All you have to do to join in is add +MAKE to your circles on Google+.
There is another Maker Camp robot hangout after this one as well, and you will definitely want to stick around for it! Sylvia and Lenore will be showing off the WatercolourBot. Learn all about a robot that paints with water colours- it’s pretty cool! Check it out here.
Hope you will join us on this robot adventure! SEE YA then!
As many people here reading this know, we really enjoy making robot creatures! It’s our passion, we want to eventually create a world where these robot creatures can interact together and with humans.
One of the problems that we’ve run in to right now is that we don’t have much money to spend on different robot parts. We want to make bigger robots with more actuators and sensors- for a different interactive experience. But, we get stuck on creating little things. It becomes extremely difficult to earn money when we are spending much of our time on creating these robots.
We need your help to support our robot building activities and experiments. With your help, we will be able to make more crazy robots. We will also be trying to save money for Maker Faire NY, 2013.
We set up a page on Patreon, where you can donate towards each interesting thing that we make. Please check it out and share it with your friends!
The donations will only be taken out once we publish a final interesting thing, so you will be sure that we are at least making cool things and sharing them with the world. There are different reward levels too, and you can read more details on the page here.
With the donations, here’s an example of a few of the things we want to get: (not all at once though)
- Many standard servos
- DC motors
- Power supplies … to power the robot
- Flora starter pack
- Beaglebone Black
- Stuff to etch own circuit boards
- More filament
- Making Things Move (a book)
I really hate asking for money / free things, but my goal is that one day I won’t have to (and I’ll be able to help others). It gets really hard to earn money when we spend so much time on the robots, and all of the money from the RoboBrrd Store goes towards (barely) paying the bills. I had to skip a really cool Mini Maker Faire this weekend that was only ~4 hours away, because I didn’t have enough money for the transportation. I haven’t had any luck with techy jobs because they say I’m too inexperienced and just flat-out not good enough.
Anyway, we’ve been working on some interesting things lately. A modification to the sugru experiment worked, so now we have a working tentacle mechanism! We’ll be blogging more about this later.
As always, we massively appreciate your support- donations or not. It means a lot to have people interested in the things we make when the rest of the world just doesn’t really understand us. THANKS!
Have you seen this book: Make: Lego and Arduino Projects? It’s all about adding in Arduinos to your Lego robot projects! This is really helpful if you find you want to do more with Lego robots, but find the NXT too restrictive.
It’s written by John Baichtal (@johnbaichtal), Matthew Beckler (@mbeckler) & Adam Wolf (@adamwwolf)! I’ve met these people at Maker Faire before, they are really cool. They asked me to write the foreword for their book, what a great honour!
This book goes along with the Bricktronics shield for Arduino. It’s how you can connect the NXT motors and sensors to the Arduino. They sent me one, cause even though I don’t have some Lego anymore, I’ll probably use the L293D for something (can never have enough of those chips eh!)
Here is a closeup of the board, not a lot of empty space and the TIP120′s will be standing up:
Here is the board when it is assembled. When following their kit instructions, the steps aren’t ordered from shortest components to tallest, so you may want to jump around a bit.
Look at this, the plastic connector things make it look like a giant compared to the Arduino / Diavolino!
CONNECTOR THINGS ARE STARING AT YOU!
Back in the day of RCX’s, the ‘connectors’ were much simpler and didn’t cost as much, they were just a few wires attached to a custom Lego brick. It was a lot easier back then to wire up your own lights or whatever.
I’m looking forward to using the L293D in some project at some point in time. As for the rest of the board, perhaps use it as robot artwork or something. Or if I find someone that is in to Arduinos and Legos, give it to them
Thanks again to the authours for the invite to write the Foreword. I hope it will get the readers motivated and ready to build (and read)!
More to come later about the latest and greatest RoboBrrd news!