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Kindergarten Robot

 
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Prototype robot arm the boy and I built:



Here's his engineering notebook page for today:

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The first frame from the video reminded me of this :


 
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Evil genius in the making!
 
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Cool. Have fun building more complex things!
 
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Is there a longer term goal like robot army?
 
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Sharks with lasers on their heads!
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Is there a longer term goal like robot army?




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We are past pretty much past mindstorms at this point. Zachary really likes woodworking so I think we'll generally be going for a steampunk aesthetic. Our next goal -- we should achieve this within the next couple of days -- is a drawing robot. Attach a pen to this arm, cobble together some inverse kinematics code (Dad likes this part) and we should be able to make some mecha-artwork. Beyond that, we are both totally enamored of those little hexapod robots you can find on youtube -- but first Dad needs to find a source for cheaper servos, if possible, because we're going to need a whole heck of a lot of them.
 
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Here are some very cheap little servos -- in bulk, these are only 3.07 each:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.20023

Just sent away for a little pile, we'll see how good they are.
 
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