Making a Restless Robot
I made a cool and restless robot at Marin MakerSpace tonight, in a special class led by Dave Grenewestzki. This robot keeps moving forward until it senses an obstacle with its sonar, then it backs up, turns around and goes in another direction. It’s actually quite good at this, and you have to chase it around, as it comes up with some very hip moves that’ll keep you on your toes. And it's even more fun when you put a couple of these robots together in the same 'Roborena'. The robot is controlled by an Arduino with a motor shield, two motors, two sensors and two battery packs — and it will keep going forever, until it gets stuck or runs out of batteries. Next, I would now like to adapt a couple of these robots to move puppets on a stage, and see what happens when they start interacting spontaneously.
I really enjoyed meeting and learning from the folks at Marin MakerSpace: they were really helpful and fun to be with — and we got a lot done in a short time: I built my robot from scratch, got it working and took it home in just a couple hours. This is the first regular makerspace I’ve seen in Marin, and I’ve been looking for a while. They have meetups every Tuesdays at 6:30pm, in the Marin School campus in San Rafael. I definitely recommend their robotics class and look forward to going back, to visit or attend other classes. Learn more on their site: www.marinmakerspace.org/