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Connecting your Robot to MyRobots / ThingSpeak

Send your robot into the cloud with a simple Processing sketch to upload its data to MyRobots or ThingSpeak!


Here is a guide to get you started with sending your robot’s data to MyRobots or ThingSpeak! You can look at it on MAKE: Projects!

Connecting your Robot to MyRobots / ThingSpeak

Don’t forget to star/+1/tweet/comment the guide! ;)

If you just want to jump to the code, here is the bare-bones Processing sketch: SimpleThingSpeak!

You can also get ThingSpeak_Firmata (Processing) example, and the LearningPet_AnalogFirmata_MyRobots example on Github! :)

Be sure to give RoboBrrd some +1′s and friendship requests on MyRobots here!

This guide is a part of the adventure to answer the question “How many MAKE: Projects will it take to get to Maker Faire?”. If you really enjoyed this guide, you can donate towards my Maker Faire travel expenses :D

How many MAKE: Projects will it take to get to Maker Faire?

Time for some Maker Faire fundraising! To make this extremely fun, I’m going to try to answer the question: “How many MAKE: Projects will it take to get to Maker Faire?”.

I’ll be putting up lots of tutorials on MAKE: Projects, and if you like them a lot, then you can donate on my Maker Faire page here. Since getting to Maker Faire Bay Area is almost impossibly expensive, I wanted something to show for my efforts anyway in case it doesn’t work out :p

The first tutorial in the series is Instant Nature: Quick & Peaceful! If you ever get annoyed at the whir of your computer fans… this one is for you. It combines Hotkeys for Arduino with the Adafruit Wave Shield (my 3rd fav shield)! You can check it out on MAKE: Projects.

Instant Nature: Quick & Peaceful

Enjoy, and hope to see YOU at Maker Faire! And if you are feeling doubley generous, here are two other people who are fundraising to get to Maker Faire: Joey and Lets Make Robots.

Also Instant Nature was mentioned up in the New on MAKE: Projects post on the MAKE: blog! WOOHOO! Thanks!

RoboBrrd Documentation!

The written documentation for how to build a RoboBrrd is on Make Projects! I had to get it done for the Make Bots with Character contest, competition is always a really powerful motivator for me.

I put a huge effort into the drawings to get them done before the deadline (drew each image myself). Here’s one of my favourite drawings from the bunch:


I was fortunate enough to have some good weather and tulips to take some decent photos of RoboBrrd:

IMG_1636 - Version 2

IMG_1635 - Version 2

Also created a summary video of RoboBrrd’s behaviours:

RoboBrrd Character from RobotGrrl on Vimeo.

Or view it on YouTube

Considering how bad shape RoboBrrd was ONE week ago, it is amazing that it has come this far and this short amount of time. Last week there were problems with the LEDs, the communication between the boards, sometimes the motors didn’t work, the beak was loose, it was a big mess. Trying to fix the LEDs turned out being a huge ordeal.

The contest feels like it can go either way. I mainly want to spread the word about RoboBrrd, and being in the real Make magazine would accomplish that. I think RoboBrrd could inspire a lot of youth to take a stab at DIY robotics, instead of from kits and with stuff that they don’t have around their house (everyone has popsicle sticks and pencils, RoboBrrd is really accessible). It would be nice to see a flock of RoboBrrds at a Maker Faire one day MWUHAHAHA!

RoboBrrd was shown on Ask an Engineer last night! It was really cool, I’m uber humbled :)

All that is left now for RoboBrrd is more video tutorials and documentation! I’m going to challenge myself to get them all done this week, it will be interesting to see if I can accomplish the challenge! :O