I had the pleasure of attending the Get your bot on event this past weekend (Nov 23rd-25th 2012). It was a two day event where people interested in robotics got together to produce a working robot. My workplace was sponsoring the event, so I figured I would get some learning going!
Get your bot on was held at the Mozilla Open Space floor, which was awesome!
I was working with some co-workers to create Lurchbot, a robot that lurches towards destruction of whatever is in front of it. It is powered by a photonic cornex, otherwise known as an LED cube.
Transistor skill up!
Then we worked on the motor wiring.
By night we had a very flimsy prototype going. Made out of foam board, breadboards, pre-made gear boxes and lots of duct tape!
Sunday was spent mostly cleaning up the wires and replacing everything that was plug-and-play with soldered parts for assured destruction.
And there is the end product!
It worked as intended, so I will consider this a success!
There were many good entries to the competition including but not limited to:
Would definitely attend again!