Build from the parts of an old printer, this project spotted by Ladyada takes the useless machine to a whole new level. Full details about the project are available here.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


  • ameyring

    The precision of the narrow “finger” to hit the switches is very good!

  • shocktreatment

    Wow. Useless, but diligently so–

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.hedstrom Sarah Hedstrom

    I just imagine this thing saying “Nope. Nope. Nope…”

  • http://[email protected] Anton Christopher McInerney

    Resetting devices

  • KEGS

    This always makes me laugh!

  • http://gravatar.com/wordsmitherd Smitherd

    This is just like passive-agressive roommate behavior, only with a computer. Next thing you know, the robot will be leaving the toilet seat up and eating the guy’s food.

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  • Eric S

    Technically, it’s great, but there is a Problem: You can challenge the machine’s ability to keep up, and the human in this video does just that. It became a game. That’s a use, and a good one, so this “advanced” version is less useless than the originals.