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RoboBrrd is an robot / animatronic character whose purpose morphs to mirror that of the virtual world. It is designed to be used as a tangible real world interface to virtual world learning applications. As a standalone robot, RoboBrrd is an entertaining platform that can be used to learn about robotics, Arduino, circuits, and programming.

Here is a teaser video for this RoboBrrd:

Here are other videos about RoboBrrd:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RobotGrrl91#grid/user/CAEAA1300E7BF036 (Big green RoboBrrd)
http://www.youtube.com/user/RobotGrrl91#grid/user/55260A24369DD65D (Learning Pet)

This Instructable will guide you through creating a RoboBrrd- all the way from the circuits to programming to the felt decorations. We will also include reasoning behind our design choices to further enlighten the Instructable.

Here is what a FIRST Lego League team coach (Eaglesnest Robotics) had to say about RoboBrrd:

"We are so excited about this [RoboBrrd] project. What a great way to introduce microcontrollers to our young roboticist. We so appreciate all the work you are doing to make Robotbrrd a great activity for our students. [...] Our goal is to grab their imaginations and run with them. Hopefully after building this project, they will not only want to learn more about programming and buidling robots but create inventions of their own. Thank you so much for helping Eaglesnest Robotics accomplish this task. We hope to create future engineers and Scientist, and also students who are like yourself."

With that said, read on to the next step for the inspiration, motivation, and future of RoboBrrd. Or you can jump right into the build on Step 2! Happy RoboBrrd’ing!
We really appreciate your efforts on this project . I assure you that we will give it our best to become one of your first prototyes. When our Robotbrrd is complete we will post up what we have. As an instructor and teacher at Eaglesnest Robotics Learning Academy, I am proud that this activity will be entered into our curriculum and used to teach many of our students how to program and construct a robot. Thank you for your efforts. Our Vote is in.

Sean Lewis
Eaglesnest Robotics
"Exploring Young minds through Science and Technology."
RobotGrrl (author)  Eaglesnest Robotics3 years ago
Thanks so much Sean! It's always a pleasure seeing NEON NOODLE's robots on the Robot Party. :)
vandumas4 months ago

BRAVOOOO... Very Well...

toddadams4 months ago

Impressive :-)

Tkiller50911 months ago
mdanish22 years ago
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slopes23 years ago
Hi ! I really love your project. I'm trying to make a Robobrrd but it's not easy to find the different parts in France. Could you give me more details about them ( references for the electronics and circuits). Thanks a lot!! And once again : BRAVO !
loanshark3 years ago
Whoa. My kids would love making this. Thanks!
splash3 years ago
There's a problem with two of the images for the bottom face. The thumbnails are present, but when you click on them, they are "not found". The missing images contain the dimensions for the bottom face.
RobotGrrl (author)  splash3 years ago

Just uploaded all of the design files to GitHub. There are pdf versions available too, so you can download the entire repository as a zip and get all of the dimensions. :D


Hope that helps!
RobotGrrl (author)  splash3 years ago
Yes, this is a known issue. Since this was an entrant into the laser cutter contest, the rules don't allow us to edit the Instructable. :/ We'll update it as soon as we can!

The weird part is that the image itself was uploaded fine, and worked fine for a few hours afterwards. Something strange must have happened on their server.

There will be more CAD images uploaded soon as well, I'll reply back with more details :)

Thanks for the comment!
sybarite133 years ago
Beautifully done. Inspiring young mind will benefit much. You're motivating them into a better future. ○☺○
RobotGrrl (author)  sybarite133 years ago
Thanks so much Evelyn and alfiefalf!
N2TOH3 years ago
I'm Doing my best to draw some good attention to the instructables site, I think maybe giving my family and friends the link to your page for RoboBrrd might help just a bit...


Pst, ... Laser cutters are cool, pass it on....
RobotGrrl (author)  N2TOH3 years ago
Thanks N2! Every bit helped, I'm sure. :)
Honus3 years ago
What a wonderful project- thank you so much for sharing! I've been working on a robot project with my three boys and this has given me some great ideas. :)
RobotGrrl (author)  Honus3 years ago
Thanks Honus! Congrats on being a finalist in the laser cutter contest.
Frank Buss3 years ago
Your instructable is very detailed, but I think this step is not easy for beginners to follow. The schematic with the 2 protection diodes is on page 10 in the datasheet, not page 9 and it is difficult for beginners to see how the parts are connected, if they are not used to read datasheets, e.g. the right polarity of electrolytic capacitors and the connection of the LM317. It is not the circuit you are using, but I think this a good example how it could look like: http://laserpointerforums.com/attachments/f42/31562d1298103794-diy-homemade-laser-diode-driver-31410d1297294173-logical-way-setup-2x-lm317-driver-lm317.jpg
RobotGrrl (author)  Frank Buss3 years ago
Off by one error on the page number, apologies!

There were additional pictures of a breadboard as well that help with the wiring.

I'll revisit this step and post some step-by-step soldering pictures for this on some perfboard, this should help! Plus, perhaps a drawing of it in Fritzing or the like.

Thanks for your feedback!
alfiefalf3 years ago
RoboBrrd <3
So cute and it hula hoops!

This is a very thorough instructables and a very interesting project to introduce younger children to robotics and programming. I love the concept and the idea that you used simple everyday materials for the construction was ingenious!

I hope you get the funding you need to create your kits, I know I will certainly buy two. One for me and one for my sister who is applying for teaching jobs in elementary and high school for technology! She loves these types of things to show the students. She tutors a young girl now and showed her how to make a vibrobot using a toothbrush.

Good Luck! Wonderful instructable!
Put us down for at least 5 to start with.
RobotGrrl (author)  sailormoon224913 years ago
Thanks sailormoon (your username brings back memories hahaha)!

Hopefully that young student will keep interested in robotics and make cool robots too. :)
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Such great creativity and accessibility, awesome!
RobotGrrl (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thanks a bunch mikeasaurus! I love your halloween cheese burgers! Hahaha so cool. :)
This is incredibly thorough documentation.
RobotGrrl (author)  JamesRPatrick3 years ago
Thanks James! Lookin' forward to seeing your 3d printer on the Robot Party this week! :)