Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Robot Pioneers: A Documentary

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Robot Pioneers is a short documentary about people who are passionate about robotics. We’ve had the privilege of meeting a plethora of fantastic innovators over the years; through our own online community, at Robogames, via various business communications, universities, techshops, hackerspaces, and at a number of tradeshows.

Each of these makers has a story to tell, and with this short documentary we hope to showcase even just a glimpse of the inspiration we draw from connecting with our fellow grassroots engineers. The future of technology is often grown in one’s own backyard and is open for anyone with the will and want to get involved. Build. Create. Innovate. Make. Join the Robot Revolution!

Arduino: The Documentary (trailer)

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

If you’ve read the internet at all in the last 2 years, you’re probably well familiar with the Arduino Microcontroller movement. This simple micro has brought together industries from every stretch of the world, bringing physical computing to the mainstream. Robots, 3D Printers, CNCs, data-loggers, LED Blinking, Clocks, UAVs, you name it- the Arduino can do it. Coming this summer, you’ll get to see how the grassroots movement all started, and how the Arduino become the DIY world’s most popular microcontroller!

TRAILER Arduino: The Documentary (available on HD) from gnd on Vimeo.

Zombie Robots!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

You heard it here first! Rodger Cleye from our forums just posted his newest invention, Donna the Dead Bot. He built this using a motorized wheelchair base rigged with an R/C system, and adding some PVC pipe, a strobe light, and a glowing eye skull and some ghost-like apparel. Not only is this an awesome invention for scaring the candy out of kids trick-or-treating, it’s a solid example of ZombieTech™, which is the fusing of zombies and robots… which just so happens to be our only chance of survival if the Skynet and Zombie armageddons happen to occur simultaneously. Scaring kids and saving future lives, go Rodger!

More DIY Wall-E Madness!

Monday, October 13th, 2008

You can tell that Wall-E was a major hit with the roboticist community by the number of Wall-E hacks and DIY bots we’ve seen over the past few months. First of all, forum member 4mem8 posted his Homebrew Wall-E robot and won the last round of our competition. Then Bazmarc wow’d us with his Lego NXT Wall-E which put my self proclaimed Lego-Genius skills to shame. Keeping with the trend, DJSures has impressed us with his DIY Hacked Toy Wall-E.

He bought one of the cheap little toy Wall-E’s you find in toy stores now, but obviously was not impressed by its capabilities. He set out to make it his own, replacing the single motor with a handful of servos, hacking the voice chip, adding a custom PIC and sonar for autonomous navigation, and overall doing a fantastic job bringing this robot to life.

Here’s a video of the little guy in action. Make sure to check out his thread for some great photos of all of his work.