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Make: Philly’s ArtBots
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Our pals at Make: Philly held their latest meeting on Sept 14th. They had a speaker, world-renowned robotics Professor, Dr. Mark Yim, who’s currently a professor at Penn and formerly Stanford. Dr. Yim’s research focuses on modular reconfigurable robots and locomotion (“PolyBots”), MEMS, and batch fabrication techniques. After his talk, the Make: Philly challenge was for members to create an “art bot,” a mechanized device that, when powered on, pushed, or propelled, will make some sort of mark. [Pics here are by Cyenobite and are under a Creative Commons license.]

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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 man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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