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Weekend Watch: A Trip Down Gravity Road

I really enjoy maker YouTube channels that take you on a journey. It’s fascinating and fun to follow someone through a project and to look over their shoulder as they go about being an amateur or professional maker. We get that, in spades, on talented cartoonist and kinetic artist, Sarah Petkus’ channel, Gravity Road.

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Gravity Road is the name of a webcomic that Sarah does. In the comic, she introduced a 4-legged walker robot named NoodleFeet. Like any self-respecting maker, she decided to try her hand at bringing NoodleFeet to life. We get to go along for that ride as Sarah works her way through all of the significant design and engineering challenges that Noodle presents.

In the comic, Noodle has “tasting feet,” legs with various types of tasting, licking, grabbing, planting, and other functions. Sarah is working to create a whole series of interchangeable leg modules that can perform all of these functions. The channel also includes some art projects she’s been involved with and some speed painting of her Gravity Road cartoon. Cool, inspiring stuff all around.

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[youtube=https://youtu.be/YY2uSzcQMZ8] Above finds Sarah and Noodle at Ars Technica 2017. Check out Noodle in the infinity projection matrix at 3:20. Trippy.

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You can follow Sarah’s blog here.

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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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