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July 23, 2009

DIY Robots at Maker Faire

At the annual Maker Faire this spring in San Mateo, California, do-it-yourself robotics was one of the largest exhibit categories. Twenty-four individuals and groups had working robots on display. Two of the popular events at the Faire were the RoboGames, where robots were pitted against each other in combat and RoboMagellan, where robots used GPS to navigate obstacle courses. The function of many of the robots tended towards whimsical, with robots that make cocktails on demand and robots that are replicas of Star Wars robots being two of the most popular genres. The proliferation of DIY robotic kits is credited with the boom in homemade robots at the Faire and could be the impetus for a mainstream movement.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at July 23, 2009 3:13 AM
category: Design & Engineering | Human Creativity

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