Category Archives: Robotics

Kickstarter Alert: My Two Weeks With Codeybot

Kickstarter Alert: My Two Weeks With Codeybot

The Codeybot Kickstarter is coming to an end. I spent two weeks with one and learned these robots aren’t just for laser battles. Read More

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Your Next Great R/C: Odyssey Drones

Your Next Great R/C: Odyssey Drones

The rise of the drones is upon us, and more remote control (R/C) air vehicles are on the market all the time. With this deluge of personal aircraft, the FAA has placed new restrictions on personal drones, and even requires registration of all units over 0.55 pounds. So how does one get started, without having to register with a federal agency, and without too much cost? Read More

Southwest Maker Fest Happening This Weekend

Southwest Maker Fest Happening This Weekend

Mesa, Arizona, will once again host the Southwest Maker Fest, a collaborative one-day festival and gathering for a community of makers seeking to achieve the “vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity.” The event will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in the heart of downtown Mesa from 12pm to 7pm and is free to the public. Read More

Making a BB-8 Pumpkin With littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets

Making a BB-8 Pumpkin With littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets

My son decided to reuse his Comic Con costume, so this was the first Halloween in years that I didn’t get to help make one. Since it doesn’t feel quite like Halloween unless I’m rushing around trying to finish some project, I decided to build a BB-8 O’ Lantern with the help of the littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets kit. Read More

Wonder League Robotics Competition

Wonder League Robotics Competition

I just mentioned Dash & Dot’s new ‘Wonder’ app last week, and here’s a cool opportunity to put it to use. The Wonder League Robotics Competition uses Dash & Dot to simulate a space mission: performing gravity slingshots, collecting samples, and so on. The grand prize is a STEM field trip to California that includes Universal, home of the Minions! Read More

The GoBox – Subscription Robot Kit With Parts Delivered Monthly

The GoBox – Subscription Robot Kit With Parts Delivered Monthly

Years ago, I wrote some books about LEGO Mindstorms robotics. During my research and investigation of third party sensors and other components, I stumbled upon Dexter Industries and was quite impressed with the quality of their products. I became a fan, and continue to be impressed by everything they do… including their most recent Kickstarter. Read More