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!

9 thoughts on “RobotGrrl Rulz!

  1. Chris Sparks says:

    Now I wish someone would make a bug catching robot. I live in Arizona and we have scorpions and it would be cool to have a robot track catch them so they can be removed from my home.

    1. RobotGrrl  says:

      Sounds like a nifty robot. Could have something flying or roving around that has a map of the house and can avoid walls. Determining what a bug is and tracking it live might be tricky. Then it would predict where it will be moving to, and launch its catching mechanism at it!

      Wonder how far away the robot would have to travel to release the bug without a big chance that it would come back. Depending on the number of bugs that enter per day, it might be a slow process…

      If it was a ‘connected device’ robot maybe it could communicate to your Roomba / robot vacuum to navigate to the place where the bug dust is (if there was accidental squishing) and clean it up.

      FUN idea xD Cool comment :D

      1. Chris Sparks says:

        Maybe some form of infrared device (low power of course) to determine heat. Bugs are smaller and are easier to detect then say a dog or cat. For scorpions one could use UV light as the scorpions are easier to see and illuminate well. Just a thought.

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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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