Category Archives: Robot

My inner child is a delinquent at Black Rock Elementary

Looking for some cool gifts to hand out at Burning Man?  I ordered 200 of these and would like to share the bulk discount with y’all.  You can buy 5, 10, 20, or more.  I’m not selling single stickers because … Continue reading

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Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012

Planning is underway to produce Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2012.  In recent weeks I’ve attended Kitsap Mini Maker Faire and Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.  We are following the expert advice from Maker Faire producers and Ignition Nortwest event producers.  In … Continue reading

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Art: Mu the Robot

My friend and former coworker Mary R. Lee made an adorable robot gift for me.  I named her Mu (Greek letter μ) the Friendly Robot Muse.  In this photo she is standing in my home workshop next to my trusty … Continue reading

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Mousey Part 4: It’s Alive!

Mousey the Junkbot is alive!  I finished Mousey and let her zoom around the house on Friday, February 7, 2011 after a long session of soldering, gluing and Dremeling™.  She looks a lot like all the other computer mouse-based robots … Continue reading

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Art: Cross-stich Robot by Kristen Rupp

I like this artist and this piece because she uses recycled materials (upholstery fabric) and a traditional craft (cross-stitch) to create endearing images with a very modern edge.  Art works by Kristen Rupp on display now in Seattle at Twilight … Continue reading

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Mousey part 3: Troubleshooting a circuit

The problems I’m having with Mousey are not unique.  Checkout this YouTube video from Makemagazine with Bre Pettis, who had similar problems with the mouse driving in circles and a motor hooked up backwards.  Unfortunately, in his brief video he … Continue reading

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Mousey part 2: Reusing motors from old toys

Today I shopped for small DC motors to add to Mousey the photovore robot.  I love GoodWill. I donate often and shop carefully.  My Mousey robot needs 5V motors, so I searched specifically for RC toys that require 4 AA batteries … Continue reading

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