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18 Aug 2016

DRNK-BRD-8000

In July, Wade and I entered our second Robot Riot (Robot Riot: Mile High Voltage). We made a couple of improvements to Butter Buster and sent him off for training to a friend in the mile high city....

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18 Jul 2016

Check out RobotGeek 101!

I always wanted to have a substantial set of lessons that I could point people to for getting started with RobotGeek and Arduino in General. RobotGeek 101 is my attempt at that set of lessons. The...

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26 May 2016

Geekbot Fun at Maker Faire Video + Photos)

The Mini Maker Faires were a huge success! The arena held up beautifully and the robots faired far better than I expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped. Wade for all his...

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24 May 2016

Robot and the Human Connection Video

Just before the Northside Mini Maker Faire wa upon us, I got a call from Patrick Martin, a journalism student at Northwestern. He asked if he could come by the office to interview me and create a...

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04 May 2016

And adding more lanes

Over the weekend I took the arena to a family party, and it was a big hit! I learned a lot about how people interact with it and a couple of 'bugs' that I need to fix. Leave it to little cousins to...

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02 May 2016

We are widening the corridors (Quick Update + Video)

So the arena is coming along. Goals are built and painted, and we're almost done with all the trim. We're still working on obstacles, but the current cardboard boxes are good stand-ins. We cut...

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29 Apr 2016

We are widening the corridors

Like I mentioned last time we decided to build up a foam wall around the arena. This makes it really easy to setup, but leaves the arena a little rough. After a trip to the Home Despot, we found...

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26 Apr 2016

We are building an arena, we are building it bigger

Next month is the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire and fort the 4th year I'll be there representing Trossen Robotics. Every year we have several robots ready for attendees to control like our...

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11 Feb 2016

You Pass the Butter

Last year at the Northside Maker Faire I met Adrian Choy, Lead Robotics Specialist at Museum of Science and Industry. Last month he got in touch with me about his amazing robotic competition, Robot...

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08 Nov 2015

DynaPose 2

Well, it's been a while, but I'm back! I've had a few developments since my last blog (including new bots, a new 3D printer) but today I want to show off the next version of DynaPose. Last year I...

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