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Maker Faire Ottawa!

We are crazy excited for this weekend, as it is Maker Faire Ottawa!

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We will be showing our robots there. If you are around, stop by and look at them and all the amazing projects! It is a great way to become inspired to make your own inventions.

Stay tuned to our Twitter @RobotGrrl where we will be posting updates and info!


Four years ago, Mini Maker Faire Ottawa was the very first Maker Faire that we visited. We showed MANOI and Yoda Bot there!





It is unreal to reflect on how much we have learnt in four years. Being a part of the maker movement has accelerated me to be able to create the inventions in my head — and also dream bigger.

A big thank you to Maker Faire Ottawa for helping me get here this weekend, as well as everyone who has been helping logistically!

SEE YA at Maker Faire Ottawa!

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Maker Camp – ROBOTS!

Join us on a robot adventure at Maker Camp! Tuesday, July 16th at 11AM PT / 2PM ET. Check it out here.

Here is a sneak peek!

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:
- Drawing
- Designing / Building
- Electronics
- Programming
- Interaction

Something for everyone! You can use these same steps when tinkering and making your creature come to life. :D 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! :)

Adafruit HQ Fun

Woohoooo! I finally had the opportunity to visit Adafruit HQ! Back on Sunday October 21, 2007 was when I ordered my first Arduino Duemilanove from them, and then later became actually interested in electronics! Their tutorials have helped me along the way, so it was totally a blast to go there and see them in human form again, check out their pick and place machine, say hello to the Adabot character, and learn even more!

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The Adabot puppet is really interesting. It is fabulous looking in real life. With Adabot, they are taking the approach that robots are friends, which is really nice! Just like RoboBrrd! They can both be friends! :D

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The pick and place machine… wowza, I was amazed to see it in person. Think of all the technical details that have to go in to a machine like this! Vision, programming, mechanical! There are trays and reels from which it can take the parts from. It places the pieces on the board from checking on its vision system. Plus, it even knows when it drops a component. Not only all of this, but your circuit creations can be functional in seconds rather than hours of soldering. It’s just wicked!

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RoboBrrd wants a pick and placed brain some day… ;)


ladyada is an inspiration, and the pick and place machine is stellar!


After the tour was done, they let me choose stickers! I kind of went out of control, but check out how great the RoboBrrd travelling case looks now! Thanks for the stickers Adafruit :)


In return for the visit, I said I would make some sort of Adabot head with servos. I’m probably going to revise this idea into some sort of goofy project enclosure to hide your Arduino project in, and it will also have servos for the antennas. Well, more on this later since there’s a lot of pre-existing work to get done before a next project. :P

Hackerspace passport was STAMPED! :D


Thanks Adafruit for the tour! It was a blast!