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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!

CBC News Maker Faire Ottawa Interview

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For Maker Faire Ottawa, CBC news in Ottawa interviewed me about my robots!

You can watch the video clip here, and also mirrored here.

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It was pretty neat to hear from people when they were visiting my table that they saw this on the news. When I was going to get some bus tickets, some people came up to me and were all like “you’re the person from tv with the robots”! Yeah! Hopefully some young makers saw the robots and become inspired to build their own. That would be the best.

Here’s a photo of RoboBrrd meeting R2D2! (Photo cred to Britta – thx!)

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Big thanks to the Maker Faire Ottawa team for this opportunity, and Sandra Abma @abmacbc for the interview!

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.