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Robotic Inspiration

posted Feb 18, 2014, 8:58 PM by Galen Raben   [ updated Feb 21, 2015, 1:17 AM ]
Feb 18, 2014
My recent posting of a page of my old robotics projects reminded me that most of my own projects are inspired by seeing projects built by others. In the Internet age, we all stand on the shoulders of giants. Sometimes people ask me where I got the ideas for one of my robots from. I tell them the Internet itself is the best possible resource for ideas and inspiration! There are thousands of websites with creative ideas just waiting to be discovered. Google is our best friend! Need some inspiration for a project? Just ask Google the right questions and you will find a plethora (a whole universe perhaps?) of answers...

Beatty Robotics replica of Spirit

Following is a VERY SMALL sampling of web sites and people I find very inspiring and have provided me with lots of ideas for my own projects (and for projects yet to come) I regard these the best of the best I have found so far:

http://letsmakerobots.com/ - a treasure trove of good beginning projects, how to's and inspiration...
http://makezine.com/blog/ - just search for the keywords "robots", "Arduino", or "Raspberry Pi" and you should find plenty of ideas...
http://www.instructables.com/ - again search for the keywords "robots", "Arduino", or "Raspberry Pi" and you should find plenty of ideas...
http://davidbuckley.net/DB/index.htm - A good number of vintage robot projects can be seen here.
This set of sites from DJ Sures is certain to inspire - he has often re-purposed toys into amazing little robots. I've been following DJ's projects for years and they just keep getting better. He is now selling his EZ-Robot line of kits...
Another amazing site is this one, some truly cool Space program style replicas (see the mini Mars Rover photo above...
An amazing, inspirational robot with emotions!
A very complete tutorial on building an Arduino based Robot.

I'll add more to this post as I find time to muddle through my very large and rapidly-growing list of robotics links....

-Galen

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