Makeblock – Mechanical prototyping platform

We met the Makerblock team during our Shenzhen Maker Faire visit earlier this year. They let us know that their system is close to being finalized. It’s a mechanical prototyping platform designed to make it easy to assemble robots, linear actuators, and other mechanical devices. Now, we improved a lot on this project, Makeblock can […]

RoboBrrd Brain board v2 gEDA design time-lapse video

Watch Erin design RoboBrrd’s Brain board v2 in gEDA from start to finish. RoboBrrd is an interactive robot designed to motivate students by responding to their achievements through chirps and dances. The original brain of the RoboBrrd was an Arduino MEGA, but the latest version will feature a custom Arduino compatible board. Since redesigning RoboBrrd […]

Remote controlled balancing robot using mbed MCU

Kristian Lauszus updates us on this remote controllable balancing robot project. In development of this project, Kristian created the PS3 Bluetooth Library both for Arduino and the FEZ Devices. However, not content with the performance of the FEZ, an mbed microcontroller, which is an ARM Cortex-M3 running 96MHz, has been incorporated into the latest design. […]

RobotShop microcontroller Instructables contest

RobotShop has announced a contest for creative microcontroller projects posted on Instructables. To enter the contest you simply have to create a new photo, video, or step by step Instructable which incorporates a microcontroller and share your code. Whether your project is simple or complex, a video demonstrating it in action is a big plus! […]

Open source perception manager

Cellbots is a collection of hobbyists who want to free your cell phone from your pocket and let it connect and move with the real word by integrating it with a robot. Now Anthony Francis, a member of Google’s Cloud Robotics team and a volunteer at, has been given the green light to contribute […]

CMU robotics academy materials

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has a number of free online materials from their Robotics Academy. The programs, designed to spark interest in robotics among younger students, are known as FIRE, for Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration. The program’s mission is to “use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about science and technology.” The […]

The MAKE Volume 27 Robot Contest!

Tinkering with a cool robotics project? Then polish off your creation and submit it to the MAKE Robot Contest! In preparation for Volume 27 (the Robot issue) MAKE is holding a contest for robot enthusiasts to see who can build the “most entertaining” robot. The rules are: 1. Come up with an entertaining, original robot […]