Tag Archives: Robot

Robot Art: Glitch Machine

Almost as much fun as building real robots, is drawing robots.  Designing robots is so much fun!  When I mentored a FIRST Technology Challenge team last year, we needed a mascot for our bot and a nice t-shirt design.  The … 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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Mousey part 1: BEAM Robot

I am building a robot out of an old track ball mouse.  Resources for this project include: The Best of Make, First Edition by the Editors of Make Magazine, “Mousey the Junkbot” pp 150 – 163, written by Gareth Branwyn. … Continue reading

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