Robotics

Build an Art Machine for the SciFri Science Club!

Build an Art Machine for the SciFri Science Club!

The public radio program Science Friday recently announced an awesome new feature: Science Club! Inspired by a book club, where everyone reads the same book and then comes together to discuss, the Science Club asks everyone to go away and do the same science project and share the results with the community. I love this idea, and for Mad Art Labbers and lovers, it only gets better: The inaugural pr... »

MaKey MaKey DDR Pads

MaKey MaKey DDR Pads

I’m back to share with you the very first contraption I rigged up with my MaKey MaKey kit: dance pads for playing Flash Flash Revolution more like the game it imitates. (If you missed my first post that explains the concept of the MaKey MaKey, you should check it out here: Making Keys with MaKey MaKey!) Flash Flash Revolution is an online flash version of the dance video game Dance Dance Rev... »

Making Keys with MaKey MaKey!

Making Keys with MaKey MaKey!

Ever wanted to play a banana piano? It’s possible with MaKey MaKey! Back in June, I helped* Kickstart the production of a kit that allows you to turn anything that’s a little bit conductive into a button, control, or key. The MaKey MaKey is a panel that you connect to your computer with a USB cable and then to other objects (like clay, vegetables, pencils drawings, pools of liquid, or ... »

Scenes from a MAL: FLAVABOOM!

Scenes from a MAL: FLAVABOOM!

The Mad Art Lab backchannel is a treasure trove of information, resources and goofiness. Sometimes mostly goofiness. Here’s an excerpt from last week: From: Brian G To: madartlab Subject: Since you’ve all been so great Imma treat you all to a little Flavaboom BOOM! »

MadArtBot: Designing 3D Things

MadArtBot: Designing 3D Things

So, you’ve probably noticed that we at Mad Art Lab have been playing with 3D printers. Lots of fun, these things. You can take designs on your computer and print them off as actual, physical objects. How cool is that? But you might be thinking to yourself, “What could I possibly want to print with one of these things?” »

MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 4

MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 4

Guts! Sorry this is a little late. I was accosted by a turkey and green bean casserole which insisted I eat them and then lie on the couch moaning. And then some other excuses occurred which I’m sure you don’t want to hear me make up. Allons-y! As mentioned last time, it’s time to peer into dear Maddy’s guts (Donna insisted that MadArtBot needed a nickname and that “M... »

So long, little robot. You tried. And that’s all we can ask.

So long, little robot. You tried. And that’s all we can ask.

As of Friday, EAS has decided to stop trying to communicate with the Russian Phobos-Grunt (or Fobos-Grunt) probe which didn’t make it out of Earth’s orbit on its mission to Phobos. I think it’s fair to say that the most likely outcome now is a mid-January re-entry. Thankfully, NASA’s Curiosity is safely on its way to Mars and expected to land next summer. But, as a robot ti... »

MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 3

MadArtBot: Birth of a 3-D Printer – Part 3

Part 3 – The Extruder Years My darling, I write to you from the battlefield that is my living room. Parts are strewn hither and yon like the detritus from a child’s willful rampage through a toy chest. I do not know how much longer my urge to clean will hold, but my resolve is as strong as I can make it and is bolstered, as always, by my thoughts of you and what a clean home might look... »

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