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.

NameTwitter IDRobot Cred
AIMEC:3AIMEC_RobotA REAL Robot being developed at the MABB’s lab in the UK
Shawn AugustsonArduinoFunArduino robots and more, good projects for the kids.
BattleBotsbattlebotsDoes this one really need a description?
FRC-1515BHrobotics1515Beverly Hills High School Robotics team #1515 (FRC).
BotJunkieBotJunkieThe official BotJunkie.com Twitter feed for live event coverage and other roboty stuff
Bre PettisbreMaker of the makerbot and overall fan of robots, suspected of affiliating with @ResistSkynet

NameTwitter IDRobot Cred
Cyborg CampcyborgcampAn “unconference” for the future of humans and technology in Portland, Oregon
Todd, Dan, and BrettengineeringmindA couple of engineers from NI talking about engineering.
Rob SpenceeyeborgBuilding a bionic eye, watch out! Not exactly robotics, but close enough for me.
UncleFishbit’s RobotFishbitsRobotFishbits claims to be a sad robot. He mostly links to robot news, art, and articles.
FRC-604frc604The Leland Robotics Team, Team Quixilver 604, participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
William CoxgallamineBlogs at GoRobotics.net and is a fan of robots.
Grant ImaharagrantimaharaGrant from Mythbusters, also a serious robot geek.
Hamilton RoboticsHamiltonRoboticMakers of industrial liquid handling robots. Not exactly hobbiest kinda stuff, but interesting anyway.
HEXBUGsHEXBUGMicro Robotic Creatures. HEXBUGs are small inexpensive robotic toys made by my employer.
IITRoboticsIITRoboticsBio Robotics club at Illinois Institute of Technology.
National InstrumentsLABViewA couple of engineers from NI talking about LABView.
Makerbot IndustriesmakerbotInexpensive 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.
MarsPhoenixMarsPhoenixThe Mars Phoenix Lander. Now asleep for the winter, it remains to be seen if Phoenix can rise from the frost next spring.
Scott MaxwellMarsRoverDriverBeyond cool, Scott drives robots on another planet.
Spirit and OpportunityMarsRoversSpirit and Oppy, the Mars Rovers tweet their status and link to some awesome pictures.
Greg MunsonmegagregCo-Creator of BattleBots. Plenty of news from the BattleBot circuit.
SimoneMissySBAll robots, all the time. Except when it’s not.
MicrosoftMSRoboticsMicrosoft Robotics group. I just hope their critical robots don’t BSoD.
National InstrumentsniweekTweets about NIWeek, a conference in Austin about most things NI (National Intruments) which I will be attending.
Human ResistanceResistSkynetDedicated to stopping Skynet Research. (See also @SkynewResearch below.)
RMT RoboticsRMTRoboticsIndustrial robotics for materials handling.
Robo CommunityrobocommunityOfficial WoeWee Robot Community
Greg NeedelRoboGregFIRST Team Mentor, Blogger, DIYer, Combat builder, Mechanical Engineer and Robot Geek. Also a fan of the GigaPan and VEX.
Robot A DayRobotadayBuilding a robot army, one bot at a time. Also a cool blog.
Brighton RoboticsrobotbrightonA robot enthusiasts group based in Brighton
Carl LeonardrobotcastVideo podcast for hobbyists.
Robot ComicsrobotcomicsDigital comics for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle and more
Robotics And BeyondRoboticsBeyondRobotics Summer Camp in Connecticut.
robots.netrobotsdotnetRobot news from Dallas, finds a lot of cool links and projects.
Lem Fugittrobots_dreamsRobot technologist living in Japan
Robots Foreverrobots_foreverInfrequent robot sightings and news blurbs.
How To WebrobotsLots of pointers to robots of all sorts, from DIY to industrial to cutting edge research and back.
Robot UprisingrobotuprisingThe Robots Are Revolting!
ShopBotShopBotCNC routers and machines. Too expensive for most hobbyists, but it is fun to dream and take ideas for some CNC DIY.
Keith KleinersingularityhubSingularity Hub is a blog and twitter feed covering the latest in robotics, human enhancement, genetics, nanotech, longevity, AI, the brain, etc.
Skynet ResearchskynetresearchI get the feeling that this is viral marketing for something, maybe makerbot, but I haven’t dug enough to tell for sure.
Spark FunSparkFunSparkFun is a cool company that caters to the MAKE community with open source circuit boards, parts, sensors, and much more.
SteevithaksteevithakIntersting, and to the point. He enjoys building, talking, talking, writing, and photographing robots.
Southwest RoboticsswroboticsSouthwest Robotics Team, FRC Team #2129
FRC-930team930FIRST Robotics Team 930 is Twitter! Follow the Mukwonago BEARs.
The Blue AlliancetheblueallianceThe Blue Alliance maintains stats on regional and championship competitions with complete records going back to 2005.
Robot Uprising!theyarecomingHumorous and insightful news about the inevitable rise of our bloodthirsty robotic overlords.
TORCtorctechBuilding systems for the development of unmanned and autonomous vehicles. Not exactly something the hobbiest would afford but still very interesting.
Tony EllisToymaker2Toy maker, inventor and Robotics AI developer
Trossen RoboticstrossenroboticsKeep 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.
VEXRoboticsvexroboticsVEX 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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