Robotics and Home Automation

Build Your Own Robotic Scribbler Machine

Finkbuilt (one of our new favorite websites) has posted his plans for an easy-to-build robotic “drawbot,” using only a paper cup, a small motor, a weight, and some markers. In a nutshell, the small, oddly shaped weight is attached to the motor, and the whole thing is taped to an inverted cup. When turned on, [...]

Build Your Own PC-Controlled R.O.B. Robot

Nintendo’s R.O.B., or Robotic Operating Buddy, was a delight to look at back in 1985. Somewhere between “Johnny 5″ of Short Circuit fame and our wildest dreams, R.O.B. sparked our imaginations. Unfortunately, all he was really good at was playing Gyromite, and even that is fairly debatable.
Until now. Check out this guide to making your [...]

Build Your Own Game Boy Advance Robot

Got an old Game Boy Advance kicking around? Meet the Xport Robot Controller. This system turns the Game Boy Advance and standard LEGO components into an advanced robot development system. With standards in place for LEGO robot development, budding robot enthusiasts have an easy way to bring their creations to life. The XRC supports [...]

MIDAS: Multifunction In-Dorm Automation System

Ah, to have attended MIT instead of a small liberal arts school in Connecticut. I could have been matching memorized decimal places of Pi over Hot Pockets with my friends, instead of drinking Dubra vodka and painting the walls of my dormitory with vomit. I could’ve been pop-riveting together homemade robots, instead of skipping Philosophy [...]