RobotGrrl Rulz!

RobotGrrl Rulz!
RoboBrrds preening.
RoboBrrds preening with their Maker Faire honors.

Erin Kennedy, also known as RobotGrrl, is a very talented robot hobbyist who develops quirky and fun robots. Perhaps her most popular creation, RoboBrrd, has its own website and even tweets to fans.

Although Erin is soft-spoken, she has managed to make herself heard. She established herself as a very talented person at the Let’s Make Robots community website, where she started posting her robots and sharing her knowledge. She went on to create her own popular weekly Robot Party Google+ Hangout. Even though she often prefers to point the camera at her robots rather than herself, she is happy to give others a forum to present their projects and ideas.

robotgrrl-robobrrdErin has attended and even presented at many maker community events including the Open Hardware Summit Summit (OHS), and Maker Faires in New York and Montreal. She also recently spoke at the Kingston Makerspace as part of a series on Maker Success Stories.

Erin is a frequent participant on Adafruit’s Show and Tell Hangouts; she recently demonstrated a new BLE communication library called Promulgate that she is working on. The idea is to create a universal protocol for communicating data between multiple end-points (Arduino, Apple iOS, XBees devices or Processing code).

Another challenging project she’s working on this summer is an Automatic Food Slicer Robot. Erin admits this is the hardest robot she’s built so far. She’s got it partially working now. Although she gets the feeling she doesn’t know what she’s doing, we’ve seen what she can accomplish when she sets her mind to it.

Rock on, RobotGrrl!

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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