We’re gearing up (gawd, we have got to stop using that!) for the launch of the Make: Robot Build. We sent Dispatch #2 of the project newsletter out today. We have nearly 400 people signed up and we’re already starting to hear people’s ideas for the build. We’re psyched!

Starting next week, we’ll get into the real nuts and bolts (okay, we’re going to have to retire that one, too). Each Wednesday, the newsletter will contain a tutorial on some aspect of bot building. Next Wednesday’s issue will include an overview of the subsystems you’ll need to consider and some notes on robot design considerations.

If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter yet, you can do so right here:

If you don’t know the details of the project/contest, here’s the landing page.

And don’t forget, we have a new area of our Forum dedicated to Make: Robot building. Stop by and introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have.

A note about the contest being US-only.
We heard from a number of you who were disappointed that the contest was for US-residents only. We looked into why this was the case with our legal folks and it turns out that doing an international contest is a huge can of worms and basically involves us hiring counsel in every country to make sure the contest rules conform to the laws of the land. So, for this reason, we have to keep it US-only. We really wish it wasn’t so. Of course, the build itself is open to anybody, anywhere, you just wouldn’t be eligible for the prizes.


Last issue of the newsletter, I told the story of, back in 2003, brainstorming (aka napping) the idea for creating mini-development platforms using AOL CDs as the main build materials, only to get up from my nap, do a search and discover dozens of examples of these “CDBots.” This was the first one I found (on Robots.Net).

Make: Robot Build Contest


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.