Archive for the ‘Art’ Category
Here’s one of the recent decorated RoboBrrds! I’m trying to prepare for Maker Faire by having a few more different RoboBrrds up and running. This one was the black-painted laser cut version, and covered in felt it looks a lot different.
This is the RoboBrrd before:
And after all of the felt was added on, tada!
As you can see on its side, it has circles- like it’s related to dalmatians or something. Or it’s just a speckled seagull.
There’s a cute pattern on the top as well!
Added in some grey felt accents to the googely eyes. Cool.
For this RoboBrrd, I cut the squares to size and velcroed each one on. While it is great to use velcro, it does add some height to the material, like it is being stacked. For the next RoboBrrd, I’m going to try something a little different and see if it will look a bit better.
Around the same time, I also added in some LEDs and googely eyes for the Lightning RoboBrrd. Here the two RoboBrrds are discussing 3d printers
This Seagull RoboBrrd doesn’t have a brain just yet, but I’m working on getting all of the wires organized and together so I can easily swap in/out some Arduinos.
As for the behaviours of this RoboBrrd, I’m not entirely sure what it should be. Was thinking probably something classic like with a nunchuck or something. If I add in a voice shield with seagull sounds on it, that could be cool (though no one would be able to hear it at Maker Faire!).
I’m really excited to get as many RoboBrrds running as possible in time for Maker Faire! They probably won’t all be animated with servos, but maybe there are other creative things to do, like using LEDs with feathers and such!
These boards were supposed to look amazing. However, they turned out BLANK!
First of all I was really lucky they arrived. They were supposed to be sent with the RoboBrrd Brain Boards, but for some reason they weren’t. However they were mailed the same day, so how can you figure that one out? I didn’t have a chance to solder these up since I received them a few hours before getting on the bus to Montreal Mini Maker Faire.
So now it is time to have some fun with these boards, let’s add in some LEDs! Since there are no labels (tip: in geda pressing ‘h’ while having your mouse over the component will display/hide its component name label), I checked with the schematic first and figured out that the circle is supposed to be positive.
These traces really look nice without a fill around them!
The positioning of the LEDs looks geometrically unpleasant without the artwork there.
Each RoboGlyph needs 12 LEDs and 4 resistors. Wow, 24 LEDs sure goes by quickly. Maybe in the future we’ll be able to buy ‘a dozen LEDs’ from our corner stores. They kind of look like a goofy flower.
I’ve never really played with charlieplexing before, but I tested a few of the wires and some LEDs did light up. I’ll be experimenting with it more later on to get it working. Maybe RoboBrrd can wear it as a pendant or something.
Now it is time to investigate why this has happened. It’s probably something weird with the top layer. Here is a screenshot of the various gerber files. From left to right it is, version 1, 2, and 3. Version 1 is the original design, 2 is after Laen suggested I make a fill, and 3 is that suggestion after confirmation that it would work but now a little tidier.
However, if we turn off the top layer and look at the top mask layer, this is what it looks like.
Going even further, this is the top silk layer.
So I’m not really sure what is going wrong here. I’ll probably post this question in some forums and see what the answers and suggestions are. Hopefully it can get figured out soon so I can order the boards and have them shipped in time for Maker Faire NY!
Thanks to everyone who donated to my robotics fund which contributed to the fabbing costs of this!
It was an interesting experience. Next time hopefully these will turn out a lot better.
As @missmoun said:
“Epic Fails make glorious memories as well.”
These are Scruptozids! They blink. Check out the video:
The story of the Scruptozids:
Scruptozids are treasures found by an ancient explorer in the year 100 AAI (after artificial intelligence). They were created by a robot builder whos research was to try to create robotic creatures that could pass down the traditions of humankind to the newfound robot culture. Their design allows for coloured light patterns to shine for different indications.
All three are on Etsy for $42.13.
Hopefully there will be three people to give these things a good home! They would make a really nice desk ornament as an LED indicator for various internet of things data, like temperature or email… or even more things.
Creating art with robots usually ends up with a result that is unexpected from the beginning! I created this fluid dynamics + physics sketch in Processing that was fun, and sort of looked like the soap from space. I connected it with RoboBrrd, and it was super unreal the result that it created.
Watch the video on YouTube
All sorts of people have different ideas about what it is, it seems to change from person to person, which is really interesting With RoboBrrd, since the light is being shone into its “eyes” (because the LDRs are located close to the eyes), lots of people have said it like a RoboBrrd hallucination. I’m not so sure about this, but playing with it is lots of fun, and shooting some long-exposure photos creates interesting results
My inspiration for creating this was lack of inspiration. I couldn’t focus on more important things to do, but at the same time I didn’t feel like doing nothing.
You can look at the code on GitHub. It’s commented and annotated, so it should be a good starting point if you want to create something like this.
Oh yeah, and to maybe answer a question you might be wondering- I’m not “on” anything. The only thing I’m “on” is my computer 18 hours a day, coding and creating.
If you use this sketch or make something similar, leave a comment with your project! It would be cool to see how this translates into other robot art
Here is the description of Logomotionator:
Logomotionator provides a way for teams to organize and collect their ideas about strategy and scoring during the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition season.
- Fabulous user interface design
- Track the scoring for the red and blue alliance
- Up to 5 tubes per peg will be counted (in case some are deflated)
- Record which teams were on the alliances, their minibot scores and penalties
- View your saved scores and email them
- Draw strategic plays on the game field in red and blue
- Easily access the usfirst.org website
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a fantastic way to get youth interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Check out one of the regional competitions in your area to see what the future holds.
Inspiration for the App came about by the temptation of an Apple eMate 300 (an iPad of 10 years ago, basically)! I took in some feature requests and just started to work away at it. Making the calculator algorithm was fun
All of the coding was straight forward. I must be getting really good at making Apps or something. Making the game field drawing stuff was probably the part I most enjoyed:
I also really enjoyed the email stuff too:
The only rough spot was on the saved scores view, because the “Remove button” is actually in a different section, I have to replace it with an invisible cell when removing everything because of the protective UITableView cell math.
Once all of the functionality was there I wanted to make something that would really capture the energy that the competitions have. I figured it would have to look snazzy, so I paid close attention to detail when styling the App. On the iPhone 4′s retina display, the graphics look beautiful.
This is what the background looks like, I had a lot of fun making it!
This is my most complete App ever (so far). I really like the finished product. I can’t wait until after the season is over to go through some of the code with the programming students. It would be a fun exercise to break down the calculator algorithm!
FIRST®, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FTC®, are registered trademarks of FIRST® (www.usfirst.org) which is not overseeing, involved with, or responsible for this activity, product, or service.
I created a really simple Processing and Twitter sketch to help a friend a few nights ago ^_^ It is based off of this previous code from the blog post “Processing + Arduino + Twitter + OAuth”. Here’s what changed:
- It now uses the Access Token that you can get from the Twitter App’s panel
- No more inserting PIN info into a file
- No Arduino clutter in the sketch
- Simple methods for posting, retrieving, and searching tweets.
You can probably do a lot more things with this too, thanks to Twitter4j.
Or view it on Github
If you use this code in one of your projects, let me know! It is cool to see what people make.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. GO OPEN SOURCE!
Yelling Robot is a FREE Mac App that is an animated robot avatar which yells at you at regular time intervals!
The “yelling” capability is done through Mac OS’ speech synthesis Text-To-Speech (TTS) engine. It uses the “Zarvox” voice, since it is a robot.
It has a Questionaire for you to fill out, so that it can yell personalized phrases at you. It is almost like a “Mad Libs” activity, except that it actually says it out-loud through Mac’s TTS capabilities and you don’t see the complete phrases.
It is the most simplistic behavioural “robot” that you can get.
Please DOWNLOAD Yelling Robot and check it out. Leave a rating too!
I will have a video up soon, as I accidentally maxed out my Vimeo data with the BubbleBoy video, haha.
This was a quirky little Mac App that I created to share on the App Store when it is first opening. It is a fantastic day for the Mac OS, and software in general!
Happy Mac App Store Day!