|The Birthday Special: Month of Robots|
|Project14 | The Birthday Special: Month of Robots: Robot Prizes for Giving Birth to Robots!|
The theme for the birthday special is Month of Robots and the idea came from the community members in Project14 | 2018 End of Year Poll: What Theme Would You Like to See Again? To kick off the birthday celebration, we did an inaugural live stream: Project14 | Recorded Live Stream: Home Automation: an element14 Story: Episode 1! Even if you're just getting started with electronics projects, building robots will give you a chance to toy around with microcontrollers, accelerometers, digital compasses, voice control, electronic gyroscopes, gps modules, speech synthesizers, and more. You can do a robots with wheels such as 300g BOT by mcb1 , PWHBot #2: Table Top Challenge 1 by jomoenginer , and Robots with Wheels - CupRobot by carmelito ; a walking bot such as Walky the Biped Robot - WalkyII the final chapter. by genebren , a solar powered robot such as Simple Solar BOT ----Finale by snidhi , a theme inspired robot such as Size Matters Not - An R2D2 Story by dougw , a robotic arm such as xArm Robotic Arm #5 : Assembled and Working Robot Arm (Sort of) by dubbie , and more.
Here in the States, National Robotics week is from April 6th-April 14th this year, but regardless of where in the world you are, this will be a good opportunity to celebrate robotics by giving birth to a robot of your own. In 1920, the term "robot" was first used as satire in the play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), published by the Czech Karel Čapek . It comes from the old Church Slavonic word robota, a word used for “servitude,” “forced labor” or “drudgery.” The word, has cognates in German, Russian, Polish and Czech, and is a byproduct of the serfdom system of central Europe through which a tenant’s rent was paid for in forced labor or service.
The Grand Prize (an Arduino Engineering Kit + Marty the Robot Stem Kit + $200 Shopping cart) for this competition is dedicated to Gordon McComb. Gordon McComb spent 30 years writing on amateur and educational robot building, and has been called "the father of hobby robotics" by Make: Magazine. Gordon's bestselling book Robot Builder's Bonanza is among the most widely read books on hobby robotics. Gordon McComb was 61. He was finishing the 5th edition of Robot Builder's Bonanza. The book was first published in 1987 and quickly helped usher in the era of hobby robotics, making robotics accessible to the masses. In the book you will learn how to build your own robot with as little as $50. In it he tells you everything you need to know if you are just getting started out, as well as, how to read the book if you have some electronics or mechanical background. Its also got enough juicy nuggets if you are an experienced tinkerer. There are entire chapters on using microcontrollers as the brains for your robot. There are entire chapters on using an Arduino , a micro:bit , Raspberry Pi , and other microcontrollers such as the PICAXE, Parallax Basic Stamp, and the Parallax Propeller. You're sure to learn everything you need to use a microcontroller of your choice such as a Beagleboard. Having downloaded the kindle version for this piece, can tell you that it is quite comprehensive. Best of all its got enough meat even if you are experienced, and it tells you everything you need to know if you have no experience.
The 3 first place prizes will include an app-enabled R2D2 droid (plus a $200 shopping cart) in honor of Star Wars, which will be wrapping up the Skywalker Saga later this year. Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977 and has been inspiring interest in robotics projects ever since. The galaxy far, far, away introduced us to iconic robots such as C-3PO, R2-D2 and more recently, BB-8 and K2-SO. In the world of Star Wars, robots (or droids as they are known) mostly assist organic lifeforms, rather than wholesale replacements for humans. For instance, C-3PO is a protocol droid was designed to assist in translation, customs and etiquette. R2-D2 and BB8 are both “astromech droids” that are designed to assist in starship maintenance. Other robots which have helped inspired people's imagination include Terminator, Short Circuit, Wall-E, Transformers, and the list goes on and on....
Just like we did with last year's Robots with Wheels which coincided with Open Arduino birthday special, we'll have a winners announcement on May 25th, to celebrate the anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie!
|Grand Prize: An Arduino Engineering Kit, Marty the Robot, Plus a $200 Shopping Cart |
Arduino Engineering Kit
Marty the Robot STEM Kit
|R2D2 App Enabled Droid||A $200 Shopping Cart!|
R2D2 App Enabled Droid
Plus A $200 Shopping Cart!
|Be Original||Stick to the Theme|
|List the Steps||Submit Video Proof|
Your Project, Your Ideas!
Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.
What are Monthly Themes?
What are Monthly Theme Polls?
Step 2: Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea. Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.
Step 3: Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month. You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.
Be sure to include video proof of your project!
Visit: Month of Robots or tag your project blog moRobotsCH
You have until May 14th End of Day to submit your completed project!
A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!
|NVIDIA Jetson Nano: JetBot Intro 2 days ago in Jon Morss's Blog||by jomoenginer|
|Project14 | Birthday Special Poll: Month of Robots: Choose Your Robot from Television 2 weeks ago in Project14||by tariq.ahmad|
|Once a Robot Arm, Always a Robot Arm...Different Personality? 3 days ago in Month of Robots||by samreen.islam|
|SuperRobot #1 : Getting Started 3 days ago in Month of Robots||by dubbie|
|Using the MeArm robotic arm to test battery life in the Dirty Smart Button 3 days ago in Month of Robots||by aspork42|
|Arduino IoT Cloud controlled MKR Robot ARM: We have Movement 3 days ago in IoT: In the Cloud||by jomoenginer|
|Project14 | The Birthday Special: Month of Robots: Robot Prizes for Giving Birth to Robots! 5 days ago in Month of Robots||by tariq.ahmad|
|Project14 | Birthday Special Poll: Month of Robots: Choose Your Robot from Animation 6 days ago in Project14||by tariq.ahmad|
|Project14 | Birthday Special Poll: Month of Robots: Choose Your Robot from the Movies 2 weeks ago in Project14||by tariq.ahmad|
|Hexa - Spider with App 2 weeks ago in Month of Robots||by sfrebelo|
|Project14 | The Birthday Special: Month of Robots: You Decide the Robots that Inspire You! 2 weeks ago in Project14||by tariq.ahmad|
|Size Matters Not - An R2D2 Story 3 weeks ago in A Question of Scale||by dougw|
|The Making of R2D2 - The Force on Wheels 3 weeks ago in Robots with Wheels||by sjmill01|
|Robots with Wheels - CupRobot 3 weeks ago in Robots with Wheels||by carmelito|
|PWHBot #2: Table Top Challenge 1 3 weeks ago in Robots with Wheels||by jomoenginer|