BannerThis post is coming to you live from the Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire being held today at the London College of Communication.

Racing the Cannybots—3d printed and Arduino-based—around the race track.
Racing the Cannybots—3d printed and Arduino-based—around the race track.

Launching today at the Elephant & Castle faire are the Cannybots. These 3d printed, and Arduino compatible, robots can be controlled from a joypad or your smartphone using Bluetooth LE.

I talked to Anish Mampetta and Wayne Keenan—the founders of Cannybot—about their robots, and why they brought them to Maker Faire.

Both the robots themselves which have been built around an RFduino, and the joypad they’re controlled from, are entirely hackable—both the hardware and software is open source—and can be programmed directly from the Arduino IDE.

The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is being held at the London College of Communication from 10am till 6pm. Entry is free to children (under 16) and students, tickets are £5 otherwise and available on the door.

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Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.

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