52 Robot Geeks on Twitter


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I have to admit, the first time I heard of Twitter I didn’t quite understand the purpose. I’m not entirely sure that I understand it now, but I do use and enjoy twitter. I have had fun searching out and finding interesting people to follow and converse with. Most of the GeekDads are now active on Twitter and we share comments about posts, pointers to cool resources, and converse with many readers and fellow geeks.

I had slowly built up a “Robots” group in TweetDeck and Ken’s 100 Geeks to Follow post got me thinking that I should do a similar post, but limit it to robot geeks. Since then I’ve expanded the list to 52 mostly interesting and not too redundant robot geeks who tweet. I found a few people through Twitter’s oft-broken search feature, but most of them were discovered via word of tweet, or from links on blogs I already read. There appear to be an infinite number of spam bots, twitterbots, auto-follow robots, and other tools adding noise to the “robot” keyword. Even when search was working well I’d get 100 script-bot tweets for every real robot tweet.

So here’s my list of 52 robot geeks. I have included a mix of individuals, blogs, robotics teams, companies and stores. Then to round out the list I tossed in a few things we don’t often think of as robots: CNC machines and 3D printers. I have also included a number of FRC teams. FRC is an acronym for FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST is an acronym for the Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

This list is far from complete, so please feel free to recommend more in the comments. We at GeekDad are considering adding some directory pages that may include lists like this one.

Name Twitter ID Robot Cred
AIMEC:3 AIMEC_Robot A REAL Robot being developed at the MABB’s lab in the UK
Shawn Augustson ArduinoFun Arduino robots and more, good projects for the kids.
BattleBots battlebots Does this one really need a description?
FRC-1515 BHrobotics1515 Beverly Hills High School Robotics team #1515 (FRC).
BotJunkie BotJunkie The official BotJunkie.com Twitter feed for live event coverage and other roboty stuff
Bre Pettis bre Maker of the makerbot and overall fan of robots, suspected of affiliating with @ResistSkynet

Name Twitter ID Robot Cred
Cyborg Camp cyborgcamp An “unconference” for the future of humans and technology in Portland, Oregon
Todd, Dan, and Brett engineeringmind A couple of engineers from NI talking about engineering.
Rob Spence eyeborg Building a bionic eye, watch out! Not exactly robotics, but close enough for me.
UncleFishbit’s Robot FishbitsRobot Fishbits claims to be a sad robot. He mostly links to robot news, art, and articles.
FRC-604 frc604 The Leland Robotics Team, Team Quixilver 604, participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
William Cox gallamine Blogs at GoRobotics.net and is a fan of robots.
Grant Imahara grantimahara Grant from Mythbusters, also a serious robot geek.
Hamilton Robotics HamiltonRobotic Makers of industrial liquid handling robots. Not exactly hobbiest kinda stuff, but interesting anyway.
HEXBUGs HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures. HEXBUGs are small inexpensive robotic toys made by my employer.
IITRobotics IITRobotics Bio Robotics club at Illinois Institute of Technology.
National Instruments LABView A couple of engineers from NI talking about LABView.
Makerbot Industries makerbot Inexpensive open-source 3D printer. A 3D printer that you can build for under $1000. Much lower resolution than the new Objet, but also 1/100th the cost.
MarsPhoenix MarsPhoenix The Mars Phoenix Lander. Now asleep for the winter, it remains to be seen if Phoenix can rise from the frost next spring.
Scott Maxwell MarsRoverDriver Beyond cool, Scott drives robots on another planet.
Spirit and Opportunity MarsRovers Spirit and Oppy, the Mars Rovers tweet their status and link to some awesome pictures.
Greg Munson megagreg Co-Creator of BattleBots. Plenty of news from the BattleBot circuit.
Simone MissySB All robots, all the time. Except when it’s not.
Microsoft MSRobotics Microsoft Robotics group. I just hope their critical robots don’t BSoD.
National Instruments niweek Tweets about NIWeek, a conference in Austin about most things NI (National Intruments) which I will be attending.
Human Resistance ResistSkynet Dedicated to stopping Skynet Research. (See also @SkynewResearch below.)
RMT Robotics RMTRobotics Industrial robotics for materials handling.
Robo Community robocommunity Official WoeWee Robot Community
Greg Needel RoboGreg FIRST Team Mentor, Blogger, DIYer, Combat builder, Mechanical Engineer and Robot Geek. Also a fan of the GigaPan and VEX.
Robot A Day Robotaday Building a robot army, one bot at a time. Also a cool blog.
Brighton Robotics robotbrighton A robot enthusiasts group based in Brighton
Carl Leonard robotcast Video podcast for hobbyists.
Robot Comics robotcomics Digital comics for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle and more
Robotics And Beyond RoboticsBeyond Robotics Summer Camp in Connecticut.
robots.net robotsdotnet Robot news from Dallas, finds a lot of cool links and projects.
Lem Fugitt robots_dreams Robot technologist living in Japan
Robots Forever robots_forever Infrequent robot sightings and news blurbs.
How To Web robots Lots of pointers to robots of all sorts, from DIY to industrial to cutting edge research and back.
Robot Uprising robotuprising The Robots Are Revolting!
ShopBot ShopBot CNC routers and machines. Too expensive for most hobbyists, but it is fun to dream and take ideas for some CNC DIY.
Keith Kleiner singularityhub Singularity Hub is a blog and twitter feed covering the latest in robotics, human enhancement, genetics, nanotech, longevity, AI, the brain, etc.
Skynet Research skynetresearch I get the feeling that this is viral marketing for something, maybe makerbot, but I haven’t dug enough to tell for sure.
Spark Fun SparkFun SparkFun is a cool company that caters to the MAKE community with open source circuit boards, parts, sensors, and much more.
Steevithak steevithak Intersting, and to the point. He enjoys building, talking, talking, writing, and photographing robots.
Southwest Robotics swrobotics Southwest Robotics Team, FRC Team #2129
FRC-930 team930 FIRST Robotics Team 930 is Twitter! Follow the Mukwonago BEARs.
The Blue Alliance thebluealliance The Blue Alliance maintains stats on regional and championship competitions with complete records going back to 2005.
Robot Uprising! theyarecoming Humorous and insightful news about the inevitable rise of our bloodthirsty robotic overlords.
TORC torctech Building systems for the development of unmanned and autonomous vehicles. Not exactly something the hobbiest would afford but still very interesting.
Tony Ellis Toymaker2 Toy maker, inventor and Robotics AI developer
Trossen Robotics trossenrobotics Keep up to date in the robotics world! This is worth watching for their pointer posts. They seemt to find a lot of cool robot ideas online.
VEXRobotics vexrobotics VEX is just getting started on twitter, but plans to include new product announcements, competition standings, and cool youtube videos featuring VEX.
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