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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 Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. ameyring says:

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

  2. shocktreatment says:

    Wow. Useless, but diligently so–

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

  4. KEGS says:

    This always makes me laugh!

  5. Smitherd says:

    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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  10. Eric S says:

    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.

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