Life, don’t talk to me about life

  Whilst working on the electronic side of the robot, I have also been learning how to draw 3d objects using Fusion 360 so that we can 3d print the body and head. I had completed the first draft of the head and wanted to test that it could be 3d printed.  As a 3d... Continue Reading →

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Mobility Issues Part 2

After deciding the previous motors were not fast enough, we searched for an alternative.  We came across the micro metal gear motors sold by Pimoroni. Calculations showed that The 50:1 ratio motor attached to the moon buggy wheels (Also sold by Pimoroni) would give us double our previous speed - approx 1m/S. As before, we... Continue Reading →

Mobility issues

After ordering the brushless motors, wheels and hubs we decided to try them to see how fast they were.  We had already calculated the speed at approx 0.5m/S but as with most things it is better to see it for real. Unfortunately, when the parts arrived, it was clear that the hubs weren't designed to... Continue Reading →

CamJam October 2017

I went to the CamJam in October with my family.  The thing I liked the most was the Logic Gate game. The aim of the game was to say which type of logic gate was used based on which lights were on.  The reason it was so much fun is that you had to touch... Continue Reading →

Taking Control

We had already decided that a game controller would be an ideal way of controlling our robot and had previously had a reasonably successful attempt at doing this on the first robot kit we built using the CAMJAM Edukit #3 and the cwiid python library. We attended the CAMJAM on the 14th October 2017 where we... Continue Reading →

How to make the body ?

One of the biggest challenges for us in designing our Paranoid Android was how to make the body and it was this that we decided to started looking into before thinking too much about the electronics inside. After looking into and rejecting various possibilities such as wood and carbon fibre moulding, we decided it was... Continue Reading →

The Beginning!

As a family we have been talking about applying for Pi Wars for a couple of years.  We felt it would be a good experience for the children, it would improve their coding, teach them more about physical computing and would be a fun activity to do as a family. This year we actually submitted... Continue Reading →

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