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!

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.

 

Hello, Botbait!

Introducing my latest robot to the world, a tentacle mechanism animatronic!

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This robot is a great way to dive into the world of animatronic tentacle mechanisms and explore different ways of interacting with a robotic creature.

Also known as Botbait, this robot moves organically, lights up charismatically, and enjoys interacting with you.

Watch this video to see it in action:

It is available as a kit, a kit including electronics, and customised & assembled.

Building your own Botbait is a fun way to start getting interested in tentacle mechanisms while building a cool robot.

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If you are interested in the ‘making of’, I went all-out with this robot’s documentation and created an in-depth video about the tentacle mechanism. It’s 17 minutes long, covering the design, building, electronics, programming, behaviour, and lessons learned.

Watch video on YouTube

There is more information at robobrrd.com/tentacle, go check it out, and learn how to make your own Botbait!

GO BOTBAIT!