Big day, we have four new boards! Here is a little overview of each:
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.
Add resistors to your project with simplicity and elegance.
Quick! Voltage Divider!
Add two voltage dividers to your project — usually used with variable resistors as sensors.
Arduino Pro Mini Breakout
Embed an Arduino into a project, with a suitable amount of prototyping space available.
You can buy these boards on our store, right now.
Here is a short video of the making of the boards in gEDA! Time goes by so quickly on timelapse mode…
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
The gEDA pcb files, as well as the Inventor enclosure files are open source!
View the Github repository.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
You can download it, view the source, and connect it with your own Botbait! Learn more, here.
Now that it’s October, it’s time to begin thinking about what costumes our robots will be wearing!
What will your robots be dressing up as? Or will you be creating a brand new robot for Halloween?
Two RoboBrrds with a BIG adventure ahead of them!
The goal with these RoboBrrds is to have them play Hunt the Wumpus using GPS coordinates.
Hunt the Wumpus is an early video game, based on a simple hide and seek format featuring a mysterious monster (the Wumpus) that lurks deep inside a network of rooms. (from Wikipedia)
The idea is to modify the game into ‘Find the RoboBrrd’, changing the bats into flapping wings, the wumpus into moving beak, and more. The Brrds are equipped with a stand, a GPS, a LCD to display text, and of course LOTS of colourful feathers.
Jac Goudsmit has been helping his grandkids along with building the RoboBrrds, and they did all of the building, soldering, and decorating! Definitely deserving of a RoboBrrd-round-of-applause!
You can follow more of their RoboBrrd adventures on Jac’s Google+ here, check it out!