There tend to be 2 ways I work on projects where there’s a ton of learning involved: Total immersion & obsessive tinkering Think it partway through, then walk away and focus my conscious mind on anything else, while my subconscious takes over and gets ideas With the Rube Goldbot project, I’ve been using both of those strategies. Hodor, the brawn, was mostly the first strategy. Constant tinkering with electronic components and the Arduino etc., and I have him more or less working (or at least have proven that I’m on the right track with getting him working). Uatu (the eyes) and Grace (the brain) areRead More →

For my Rube Goldbot project I need a bunch of hardware. Rube’s eyes (Uatu) and body (Hodor) are going to be controlled by a Raspberry Pi and Arduino, respectively, and will use a bunch of other parts as well, but the core will be those microcontrollers or whatever they’re called. I had an Arduino Uno kit laying around that I’d never used – I got it a couple of years ago on an impulse buy because it was 50% off. I also hit up Amazon for a Raspberry Pi kit, some MOSFET transistors (not entirely sure what those do yet) and other parts. Finally, when I wasRead More →