New Paint

You might have noticed, RoboBrrd.com has a new coat of paint!

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This is version 2 of the design of our website. We took away much of the distractions and bloat on the front page, so it loads quicker and with less data now.

There is a lot more room for new robots. This is great because we want to make some more characters. ;)

Also, we have come up with the name of the planet that the robots reside on: Zimpopodu!

You will find some pages around the site that are a mix between v1 and v2. The content is the same. New pages will use the updated v2 template.

Let us know if you find anything broken or can be improved. Hope you enjoy the new look!

New Boards!

New Boards!

Four new boards, open source hardware, timelapse video, and a tutorial!

New Boards!

Big day, we have four new boards! Here is a little overview of each:

 

Boards

 

RoboBrrd Brain (APMB)

Your RoboBrrd needs a brain! Use this Arduino Pro Mini Breakout board that was specifically designed for RoboBrrd to get it up and running.

More details / View in store

 
 

Quick! Resistors!

Add resistors to your project with simplicity and elegance.

More details / View in store

 
 

Quick! Voltage Divider!

Add two voltage dividers to your project — usually used with variable resistors as sensors.

More details / View in store

 
 

Arduino Pro Mini Breakout

Embed an Arduino into a project, with a suitable amount of prototyping space available.

More details / View in store

 

 

Available Now

 

You can buy these boards on our store, right now.

 

 

Timelapse Video

 

Here is a short video of the making of the boards in gEDA! Time goes by so quickly on timelapse mode…


 
Watch on YouTube

 

 

New Tutorial

 

We are including 3D printed enclosure ‘sleds’ with each of the boards. It would be very tedious to design these by hand, but there is a way you can export the pcb from gEDA into Inventor. We thought we would share this with you!

3D Printed PCB Enclosure: gEDA to Autodesk Inventor


 
Learn more!

 

 

Open Source Hardware!

 

The gEDA pcb files, as well as the Inventor enclosure files are open source!
 
View the Github repository.

 

Flex Starter

New Products: Flexible Starter Kit!

Flexible Starter Kit

If you are eager to start on your own flexible robot building adventure, we have some fun new products for you!


Flexible Starter Kit

Flex Starter

This starter kit includes all of the moulds, plenty of hubs, and an assortment of vertebrae. Perfect if you are looking to dive in and get started!

(Read more)

Vertebrae Pieces

Vertebrae Pieces

13 vertebrae pieces! This will allow you to get started building or experimenting with flexible constructions.

(Read more)

Hubs (10 Pack)

Hubs

10 hubs! These are used at the ends of the flexible links so they can join the vertebrae.

(Read more)

Moulds (Flexible Links)

Moulds

5 moulds! This will allow you to form your own flexible links in sizes 1-5.

(Read more)

They are all available now, so check out the RoboBrrd Store and get them!

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Experimental Dual-Extrusion Buddy 4000 Face

Happy 2014 everyone!

To start off the new year, here was a small and fun experiment we did lately. Damian G all the way from Sweden has a Makerbot 2X, and he wanted to try printing out pieces for Buddy 4000 in dual-extrusion. We worked on the files and sent them to each other via email. After a few tries, there was a good result!

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The layers of the accents didn’t have to be embedded very far into the other layers. They also had to extend a few layers higher than the base print, otherwise the filament would get mushed together. It seems quite tricky to align two extruders.

Thanks to Damian for having the patience to try this out with us! Pretty fun!

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Wyolum Article

A while back when we wanted to start developing RoboBrrd into more of a kit version, we received a grant from Wyolum. There’s a great article featuring Justin Shaw describing more about Wyolum, Open Source Hardware, and STEM.

RoboBrrd WyoLum

One of our favourite parts of the article:

Our stated mission is to “promote Open Hardware.” Many small projects are out there that need only a small financial nudge to succeed. The grants are too small to pay anyone’s salary, but are large enough to buy hardware, or print circuit boards, or to purchase tools. The grant winners actually end up making the much larger investment of time. While not limited to students, all of the grant winners so far have been college or graduate students. The Open Hardware vocabulary grows with each successful design, so we all benefit from their success.

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Botbait and the Space Fish!

One of the ways Botbait enjoys spending its time is by playing with fish (of course)! These fish live in a special habitat… SPACE! They float around the cosmic-coloured waves and go wherever the ‘water’ current directs them.

Check out the video!

Botbait and the Space Fish is an interactive application made in Processing.

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You can download it, view the source, and connect it with your own Botbait! Learn more, here.

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Flexibot

Here is a cool project update from John on the start of a robot that uses flexible links! Nicknamed Flexibot 0.1, here you can see the flexible links in action for a pan-tilt head, controlled by a RC joystick:

Watch on YouTube

Here’s more thoughts from John:

One thing I’ve been thinking about for years, is flexible robots. I’m a pretty good fabricator, but the precision and complexity, required to make useful multi-degree of freedom joints (like your shoulder) has always seemed a little daunting, especially if you try to make them compact.


flexibot01

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He plans to go further on the mechanics, then turn it into a proper robot with autonomous control. Last update on Twitter, he’s going to the hobby shop for more parts- so that will be interesting. ;) Botbait is definitely looking forward to (virtually) meeting another flexi-bot!

Read more over on John’s blog!

We also blogged about John’s RoboBrrd Stella here. Follow him on Google+!