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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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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer 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 for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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  1. JesterVineo on said:

    It’s pretty cool to have your son show up in your RSS reader! Noah, his brother Jamie, and I are having a blast building our robot. You can expect to see more pictures soon. By the way, the kids want me to mention that the name of the robot is HUL-10 (pronounced Julio).

  2. ugabuggy on said:

    Tell Noah that his aunt Julie is so proud of him! Seriously, watch for more pictures and projects…BOTH Noah and his brother Jamie are little boy geniuses…so are their parents. I don’t know any other kids who knew the periodic table by heart before the age of 6.

  3. Gareth Branwyn on said:

    Hey JesterVineo, aunt Julie, Noah, Jamie, er… and HUL-10. I updated the posting to include Jamie. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Lookin’ good so far!

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