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RoboBrrd to the Rescue!

Submitted by Super-Awesome Sylvia on August 11, 2012 - 2:06pm

While we were at Bay Area Maker Faire 2012, out of nowhere, Robotgrrl came up to us and asked if I wanted her one and only, WaterBrrd! Of course I said yes!

I bet you're wondering what this RoboBrrd stuff is all about....

RobotGrrls robobrrd sitting on its box.

The Robobrrd Brain Board as designed by RobotGrrl

RoboBrrd started out as an interactive robot made of felt, popsicle sticks and an Arduino. Now, Robotgrrl is making it into an easy to solder board and lasercut kit for making your very own open source RoboBrrd!

The kit isn’t quite done yet (it’s hard to put together a kit!), so I just got the wood parts that she made using the laser at Evil Mad Science Laboratories!! Muahahaha!

Sylvia's WaterBrrd in progress of being hooked up

Waterbrrds armature paperclip hooked up to the servo and the wingTo make the wings flap, we used paper clips as armatures connected to little blue servos mounted in the rectangle holes behind the eyes.

Waterbrrds beak in open position
Cardboard and paperclip amarture behind the beak
For the beak, it was a lot trickier! With the top and bottom beak parts loose, I figured out that with some cardboard and a paperclip triangle, you could keep it steady and open and close it. The servo at the back just pushes and pulls the cardboard.

When its fully completed, I want to make my WaterBrrd say my tweets by chirping and flapping its wings twice, or have it tell me the weather and current temperature. The possibilities are endless!
Sylvia's WaterBrrd in progress of being hooked up

For right now, its flapping its wings, beaking around, blinking its eyes, and talking with an old android phone my dad hooked up. The programming was all done by me.

Waterbrrd sitting on table with glowing eyes

I used an Arduino Uno and programmed it very easily. It is just like scratch, except with words and semicolons. The robobrrd will be a great kit and I can’t wait till it comes out! GO ROBOBRRD!!!!!

Sylvia posing with her robotic "WaterBrrd"

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Minipovs are fun to make, and even more fun to hack

Submitted by Super-Awesome Sylvia on February 22, 2011 - 8:58pm

Not just because I got to solder three kits, but I got to draw some fun patterns and do some new camera experiments. And yes, that is my camera in the show.

Head over to the Maker Shed and pick yourself up a few, then maybe build it with your daughter/little brother/sister/grandpa/loved one... If anything, you're getting out there and learning, and that's one of the most important parts.

Anyways, enjoy the show!

PS-- Oh yea! Don't forget to try out my dad's MiniPOV helper app.. You can use it to help make graphics for your MiniPOV, or you can just make something and save it for others to see. Click here to give it a go!

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Simple Super Awesome Arduino

Submitted by Super-Awesome Sylvia on August 31, 2010 - 9:38am

Sylvia poses with an Arduino MicrocontrollerHey guys! After almost 2 months of waiting, my new favorite episode of Sylvia's Super Awesome Maker Show is here! Super Simple Arduino!

I show you how to build two super simple projects for Arduino with code I helped write! A Super Simple Strobe for looking at things in slow motion, and the Randomly Influenced Finger Flute (or, the RIFF). And with the help of our electronic puppet friends, we explore how the Arduino does some of it's magic. It was a blast to make and I hope you have a blast watching it. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Thanks for watching!

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Super Simple Adjustable Strobe for Arduino

Submitted by TechNinja on August 30, 2010 - 10:55pm

Welcome to the official project page for Super Awesome Sylvia's Adjustable Strobe for Arduino. If you haven't, be sure and check out the official blog post and video for this project here!

The learning version of the code for the Super Simple Adjustable Strobe can be downloaded directly in it's raw format from github here:

Get the code!
(paste this directly into the Arduino IDE)

Otherwise, the top level repos for the project in both a Learning version, and a Super Awesome version can be found here:

Fritzing view of the Super Simple Adjustable Strobe.

The Super Simple Adjustable Strobe for Arduino will allow you to stop time! Ok, not really, but it will let you see things that move really fast like fans and water droplets. By timing the flashing LED to turn on at the exact time that the moving thing happens to be in the same position it was in the last time the LED was on, it makes the subject look motionless! This project is less than perfect for stopping things in their tracks, but it'll get you started and experimenting in no time. All it takes is a bright LED and a potentiometer! And if you're feeling really adventurous, fork the code on github and add your own features!

Be sure and check out Nate True's Time Fountain for a great example of a cool home use for stroboscopes.


This software is licensed under the CC-GNU GPL version 2.0 or later.

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