New in the Maker Shed: EZ-Robot Controller

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When I first got to play with the EZ-Robot Controller I thought it was just another microcontroller. I assumed I would have to take time to learn it’s programming syntax and the on-board Bluetooth would be hard to set up. I was wrong. Wonderfully wrong. Once I paired the device to my computer and fired up the EZ-Builder software, I was greeted by a friendly drag and drop environment. I hooked the EZ-Robot Controller up to a Boe-Bot chassis and proceeded to play around. In under 5 minutes I was able to have my crude-looking robot chase my dog around using voice commands! I was and still am blown away by the simplicity of the system and how even complicated things like object tracking and face detection (bring your own camera and servos) are built into the software. After spending several hours with the system without realizing it because I was having so much fun, I knew we had to get this in the Maker Shed. The EZ-Robot Controller and it’s creator DJ Sures were featured in Make:Volume 27  and are constantly popping up on tech sites with a new and exciting robot. The newest robot to make the rounds has been the Omnibot 2000.

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Normally, I would list the features of the the EZ-Robot Controller here but they are so numerous you’ll have to read them on the Maker Shed product page. If you are the least bit interested in building robots, hacking toys, and giving “brain transplants” I urge you to check this thing out. Just add your own wireless PC camera, sensors, and servos to bring your creation to life. You won’t be disappointed!

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I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I'm a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.

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