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27 hours left! & RoboBrrd Dashboard Beta!

There are only 27 hours left for you to support RoboBrrd on Indiegogo! It’s the final countdown! Check it out here!

As you might have seen in the teaser video from last week, we were working on an application called RoboBrrd Dashboard. Now, it is available as Beta 1! Check out the video overview:

Watch on YouTube

This was made entirely in Processing with controlP5. It was quite straight forward to code it, the things that took the most time were in the details, like positioning, colours, and buttons. It also writes to an xml file, to save your current theme and servo positions. Handy!

Here is a screenshot:


RoboBrrd enjoys being calibrated with RoboBrrd Dashboard!

RoboBrrd + Dashboard

You can download it over at! It’s open source, check out the Github repo!

This is version Beta 1, so let us know if you find any bugs so that we can fix them :)

Help spread the word of RoboBrrd on Indiegogo and share the inspiration of robotics! Thanks!

RoboBrrd Building Video 1

There was a lot of footage taken during the build of the latest RoboBrrd. Here is the first of these videos, there’s going to be a little over 10 in total!

Watch on YouTube

Hope you enjoy the video, the series of videos will be a great companion to the Instructable. More of the documentation will be arriving online as we sort through it! :)

I started learning Eagle last week, it was quick to jump in and get started learning. There’s also lots of cool parts libraries out there with Arduinos or other various components that you would need.

Here’s me learning Eagle:

Screen Shot 2011-11-22 at 11.52.07 PM

Here’s where the circuit is at right now. Have to add in the headers and such, and place it on the proto-screw shield!

Screen Shot 2011-11-27 at 11.37.42 PM

More later!

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