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This is the April 2014 issue of Robots and Androids!

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April is here and my Makerbot 3D SCANNER ARRIVED!!!!

 

Woohoo!!!!!! Review to come!!!!

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At our Riverside Robotics Society, I taught our fifth Arduino C class. Lots of complements. :) Still doing something right! Sumobot was a BLAST!

Coming up in June is the LINE FOLLOWING CONTEST. 


Keep on BUILDING BIGGER (and better) BOTS!

--Thomas




This is the March 2014 issue of Robots and Androids!

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Well, March is almost gone and I'm just updating this today. Bad blogger! Bad Blogger! 

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At our Riverside Robotics Society, I taught our third Arduino C class. No complaints so far. :) Still doing something right! Sumobot contest is coming up in April!

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Now that crazy idea still won't go away. Starting a meetup AND a kickstarter!


Well, have a great month and BUILD BIGGER BOTS!

--Thomas



This is the February 2014 issue of Robots and Androids!

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I think that the ground hog saw his shadow, so that means there will be another six weeks of winter right? My mom lives in NJ and she says it has been snowing nearly every week this winter. And more snow is coming. Sure would like to build a robotic groundhog! Only problem is that I would only use it once a year. Kind of like a lot of the props, uh, i mean "ROBOTS" that I have built for the Riverside Robot Expo. They just sit in my garage for a year, get dusted off and put on display for a day. Perhaps after I retire I can start a travelling robot circus.

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At our Riverside Robotics Society, I taught our second Arduino C class. No complaints so far. :) Must be doing something right!

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I attended the FRC competition in Perris High School. Our local team, the "Metal Ducks" FIRST won! Go DUCKS! (robot quacking noises!) 

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Now I've had this crazy thought that just won't go away. (Yeah, another one.) I'm thinking about how cool it would be to reenact Star Wars battles in ACTUAL OUTER SPACE. Now, placing a real X-Wing into orbit might cost a lot more than I can afford, but how about a 1/10 scale R/C "robot" with a first person POV camera that could be controlled from Earth? It would be kind of like "battle bots" in space! I read that it costs 10 thousand dollars to put a kg into low earth orbit. If I put a scaled x-wing, a ti-fighter, a death star and two cameras, It might only cost about $30,000.  Sounds like a KickStarter project to me!


Well, have a great month and build lots of robots!

--Thomas


This is the January 2014 issue of Robots and Androids!

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Happy 2014!


I hope you were all good little boy and girl robot builders and got all the robot kits, servos, microcontrollers, and 3D printers that you asked Santabot for!

I got a teeny tiny quad copter for christmas this year. It's no bigger than my palm, runs about 5 minutes on a charge and is way too much fun!

At our Riverside Robotics Society, we had a great Christmas event with Santabot doing all his "Ho, ho, ho's" and Robot Betty9 singing Christmas carols. That and cake and cookies and lots of chocolates made it a GREAT meeting.


We also had a large number of people from the "Metal Ducks" FIRST club come and join us. We got to see two of their robots, one of which won a fantastic prize in the "Robot of the Month" contest.


Well, have a great new year and build lots of robots!

--Thomas

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This is the December 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please build a robot, just like that!

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This is the November 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!

The Fall is finally here in the Southwest! My garage is down to 80 degrees and I'm EXHAUSTED from the RIVERSIDE ROBOT EXPO 2013!!!

(and robots are being designed and built all across the world!)

 

Yes, it was a GREAT EXPO! The Robotics Society of Southern California made FANTASTIC contributions to it both in unbelievable prizes such as a BoeBot kit, as well as bringing MANY, MANY robots and the ROBOT SMACKDOWN to our humble robot expo. (And we can't thank Servo Mag for lending us tables and for providing prizes and free magazines to give away!)


Our expo included;

1. The first time LIVE BOT to BOT  Robot BATTLES TO THE DEATH!

AND a 3D PRINTED InMoov Robot

AND a Steampunk R2D2

AND a regular R2D2

AND a Lost in Space Robot

And lots more!



This is the October 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!

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The HOT, HUMID, SUMMER of 2013 is MOSTLY over in the Southwest! My garage is down to 90 degrees and I'm in full gear for the RIVERSIDE ROBOT EXPO 2013!!!

(and robots are being designed and built all across the world!)

 

Yes, it's just a few short weeks until the Riverside Robot Expo! This year we will be having for the first time LIVE BOT to BOT  Robot BATTLES TO THE DEATH!

AND a 3D PRINTED InMoov Robot

AND a Steampunk R2D2

AND SO MUCH, MUCH MORE!  

SEE YOU THERE!!! 

(No, not Battlebots, or Robot Wars. Those names are copyrighted.)




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