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Coding with Codie is live!

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I wrote about the cute wooden robot named Codie a little while back.  Peter Erdei, one of the team members, told me yesterday that their IndieGoGo campaign is now live.  They’re at 22% of $70,000 already (as of the morning of 1 April 2015), not bad for a project that went live less than 24 hours ago! Go check it ... Read More »

Coding with Codie

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  Codie is an artisanal robot, hand-crafted from wood.  However, don’t let the old school materials fool you; inside the wooden exterior hides a sophisticated robot.  It sports quite a number of sensors, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, allowing you communicate with it wirelessly. The thing that really caught my eye with Codie was the software.  It is colourful, looks ... Read More »

VEX IQ Quadruped: Building Instructions!

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Some of you may remember I posted about my VEX IQ Quadruped a while back.  I now have building instructions for it! They were made by Christopher Richard Smith, who is quite the CAD ninja.  This is what the Quadruped looks like when it is walking: You can download the software here:  [LINK]. You can download the building instructions for it ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Ground Drone

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This time it’s not a little robot for educational purposes, but rather a kick-ass looking robotics platform that can even climb stairs!  Before I start going into details, check out the video. This thing looks like it could come straight out of an action movie! It it made up of articulated sections that you can easily exchange.  Here are two ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: Logitraxx

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Shane Lewis from SL Interphase mailed me to tell me about a Kickstarter project that they’ve been developing.  You may think it is just another robotics platform but this one is significantly different from the herd (or should I say “swarm”?).  This one doesn’t have a microcontroller but uses an FPGA instead!  So what’s an FPGA then?  Shane explains: Field Programmable Gate ... Read More »

Cool Kickstarter: The Edison

A very cool Kickstarter project was brought to my attention this morning, the Edison.  It’s a very small and light robot that has a surprisingly high number of features up its sleeve.  A few of them should be immediately obvious to most: the LEGO compatible pin holes and knobs.  The bottom of the robot has a few strips of LEGO ... Read More »

VEX IQ Quadruped

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In my last post about the VEX IQ building system I had a small video featuring my VEX Quadruped.  I’ve done a bit of work on it since then and the gait has been greatly improved.  I also added some small rubber feet on the legs.  These are the traction links from the Tank Tread & Intake Kit. Due to ... Read More »

VEX IQ: Modular Robotics System for STEM

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What is VEX IQ VEX IQ is the latest offering from VEX. It’s a complete modular robotics system to complement their VEX Cortex range.  The VEX IQ is positioned at a younger audience, from the age of about 8.  It uses plastic parts instead of the Cortex metal parts. Using pins, plates and connector pieces, it is easy to build ... Read More »

Mirobot: An Affordable WiFi Robotics Kit

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Mirobot is a very cool open source robotics kit that’s completely open source and very affordable.  When I was contacted by Ben Pirt, the man behind this project, I was admittedly a little skeptical about yet another robotics system.  However, this robotics kit seems very nice and sports some very cool features: Super easy to build, it takes just two ... Read More »

Dexter Industries BrickPi

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The BrickPi is Dexter Industries latest project.  It’s an interface board, or shield, for the super popular Raspberry Pi, a cheap ($25) and small but very powerful processor board that runs Linux.  The BrickPi allows you to easily interface your NXT motors and sensors with the RasPi, without having to cut up cables or otherwise damage your precious LEGO parts. ... Read More »