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Clyde : Disco

Learn about how to make your Clyde bleep and bloop its way to ruling the disco dancefloor! PARTY! Watch the video on YouTube.

For more information on what electronics you need to make this mod and the code, head over to the article on Fabule’s site for all the details!


This is our first hack on Clyde, the robot lamp by Fabule. They are sponsoring these hacks, so many thanks to them *round of applause*! Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks. :)

Laser Level Teardown: Part 1

After we posted about our trials with DIY encoders, a friend emailed to say he has some IR reflectance sensors! He then sent them to us… and they are within laser levels! We didn’t know what these were at first, so we figured we would share the joy of discovery through a teardown. Thanks Chris for the laser levels (and some smd parts & boards)!

Watch the Part 1 video!

This is what the two laser levels look like. We refer to the one on the left as the ‘smaller’ laser level.

Yes, that is RoboToolz spelt with a ZED. That makes them even more cool.


Details on the laser:


Check out this switch. It can trigger three different modes based on its shape and where it is positioned over the switches. On, Off, and Calibrate.

This was from the larger level, as the smaller level does not have buttons on the switch. It manually triggers a button on the board.


Smaller laser level- Here is a wire (actually, two wires), that goes through tabs on the plastic. This was probably done while being assembled, because the other two sides are attached to the laser and the board.


Smaller laser level again- This is a magnet that is glued in to the plastic. It’s loosing its metal cape around it, so all of the iron filings are going everywhere.


Here is what is housed inside of the larger level. It was fun to tear this down and power it up to see it working.


More details about the larger level teardown will be coming soon (Part 3).

In the next part (Part 2) we will be discussing the smaller laser level- how it works and some interesting things from it.

We tried editing the entire teardown in one go, but it is just way too much. By the time we would be finished editing it, the project would be ancient. On the plus side- new parts will be uploaded periodically!

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Until next time, tear down some electronics (except the ones used to document said tearing down)!

Gear Art vs RoboBrrd Banana Transporter

Check out this cool gear artwork piece that we made — or as the RoboBrrds called it, a magical banana transporter!

Watch the video for the entire story:

How this project came about was we wanted to create something for our backers on Patreon. Our first ideas were rather inanimate. We needed something that could move and look interesting. The gear art is the result of this thought.

The .stl files are available for you to download and print one yourself. You can find it on our Open Source Hardware page.

We also captured some ‘making-of’ timelapse footage and compiled it into a video:

One of the aspects of the design that surprised us was that we couldn’t find a formula for aligning the gears via experimentation. All of them required a ‘fudge factor’ in either their positioning or diameter. We got around this by just focussing on making each gear mesh with the one previous, and then finally working on the final gear.

Here are some of our favourite photos of the project:




We are experimenting with story-telling with our robots. We want there to be an entire world of these robots, where they are always plotting, building, and generally goofing around. Hopefully it makes the video more interesting and enjoyable overall.

One of the areas that could improve would be the speech bubbles. If they are added later in the video editing process, we could focus on animating the robots rather than moving the bubbles in and out. We have to learn different video editing software for this, it might take a bit of time.

It’s fun to get lost in Planet Zimpopodu with the robots. Let us know what you think!

If you want to see more projects like this, as well as behind-the-scenes sneak peek previews, consider backing us on Patreon.

Thanks for watching and sharing our new video. We’re already excited for the next ones! :)