Arduino Fun & Games

Kirsten Halterman writes in:

My First Robot” is a book for young children (ages 1-3), intended as an introduction to sensory input and output. I created this book to excite children about small electronics and robots.

Using an Arduino, buttons, and an IR sensor, I programmed the robot (named Isbot) to sing a song for its user. When the user gives Isbot a high-five or a low-five (pushes one of the red buttons), Isbot detects their depth (Isbot’s eyes are the IR sensor) and will either sing a song slowly (if they are close) or very quickly (if they are far away). This book gives parents a platform to discuss depth, sound, and touch.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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