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The GRITSBot is available open-source!

After almost two years of development and numerous iterations, the design of the GRITSBot is finally mature enough for a public release. The newest design of the GRITSBot features a WiFi-enabled ESP8266 microcontroller, Qi wireless charging, stepper motors, onboard current, voltage, and temperature sensors, as well as downward-facing IR sensors …

The GRITSBot

After almost a year of development and numerous hardware and software iterations, the GRITSBot is finally ready to be shown to the world. Simply put, the GRITSBot is a miniature robot used for research in swarm robotics as well as educational purposes. Therefore, we designed it to be low cost, …

Interview with DesignNews

Back in February, I was contacted by Ann R. Thryft from DesignNews (a print and online magazine). DesignNews addresses issues in automation & control, material science & assembly as well as hardware and software design tools related to system and product design. Ann was writing an article about self-assembly and …

QuickBot – A Robot Built In An Afternoon

When Rowland O’Flaherty and I started working on the QuickBot, it was already 4pm. We wanted to see how long it takes us to build a fully functional differential drive robot. The plan was to design the base in Solidworks, lasercut it out of acrylic, add two motors, an Arduino, …