Noah’s and Jamie’s CoasterBot

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.

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By 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.

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Flickr use JesterVineo posted this video of the adorable Noah (his son) explaining their CoasterBot. See, robots are so easy, even a small child, a really precocious, adorable child, can figure them out. Go, Noah (and Jamie, who’s also working on the project)!

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Noah’s and Jamie’s robot components: Arduino Nano v3, L293D motor driver, AnyVolt Micro DC-DC (switching) converter, GWS S35 STD continuous rotation servo, Sharp GP2D120 IR sensor, rechargable batteries 4.8-6V

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Use of ShapeLock and Shrinky Dink plastic to create servo motor mounts.

Have you started building your CoasterBot yet? There’s still plenty of time. See the Make: Robot Build landing page for contest details. And if you’re working on your bot, post pics to the MAKE Flickr pool (and don’t forget to use the “coasterbot” tag).

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