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Christmas Robotic Road Trip, Part 5

Today I went to a book store and bought the latest copy (January 2007) of Servo Magazine. Also I bought some books including Robot Builder’s Bonanza by Gordon McComb and Take This Stuff and Hack It! by Dave Prochnow. For the rest of the evening I read some books and went swimming, read a little more and now I’m going to go to bed.


December 30, 2006 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

Vex Robotics Build Report 8/Christmas Robotic Road Trip, Part 4

After finishing the tracks this morning, we really wanted to have a robot on the ground moving, today being the last day with my uncles and all. So first we built a flat platform to go between the tracks. Then we decided to put sides on so we would not have to mount the electronics.

Around 4:00 p.m. we finished building it. We tested the bot on some tires and beams to see if it could climb over them. It worked okay, but it did not go over some of the taller stuff. So we took off the tracks and started building a new platform.

Around 5:00 p.m., we had a design and the robot had ‘tabs’ (shown in the picture below) on its tracks, but we stopped and ate dinner. For the rest of the day, we worked on it, but we did not get it done, so I’ll post more on the first of next year. Until then, I’ll keep posting about my trip!


December 29, 2006 at 11:22 pm 1 comment

Vex Robotics Build Report 7/Christmas Robotic Road Trip, Part 3

Today I got up at 6:00 a.m. and made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. After breakfast, Peter, Justin (my other uncle who likes to do robots), and I started to test the bot that we built the other day. But again, there was a problem. As the tracks went up or down, it brought the gears away from the other gears. We forgot to hinge it where the gear was!! Thinking about what to do, Justin suggested we should look at the MythBusters’ extension article online. In some of the pictures towards the end, we saw that they used a sawn beam in between the gears. For the rest of the day we worked on the tracks.


MythBusters’ extension article


December 28, 2006 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

Vex Robotics Build Report 6/Christmas Road Trip, Part 2

Today, Peter (my uncle) and I started at about 10:00 a.m. building Vex stuff. We took the frame that I built and started improving on it. Then we had a break for lunch and opening presents. I gave Peter the winter 2006 issue of Robot Magazine. The we worked on the double gear design that the MythBusters used for their Vex Pack Bot back in 2005.


Robot Magazine


December 27, 2006 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Christmas Robotic Road Trip

December 26, 2006

Today I’m going to see some relatives. Two of them like to do robots, so that is what I’ll be doing for the next few days. I’ll post the progress we make over here at Ribo-Labs (umm…I mean at my uncle’s kitchen table…).


December 26, 2006 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Thag’s Christmas

Well, today Thag woke up at 7:00 a.m. and woke everybody else up so we could open presents. Thag got a Super Whattmeter from Astroflight, but with the present being big, and a box, and he having claws, I helped him open it!

 Thag and I also got some books on robots that I’ll post more about later.

Merry Christmas, everyone!





Astro Flight  Super Whatt Meter (No Connecters)

More Pictures


December 25, 2006 at 10:35 am 1 comment

Vex Robotics Build Report 5

Today I ordered the servo savers from Vex Labs with two day shipping, so hopefully it will come in time for the Christmas trip (more on that later). A bundle of three servo savers (motor clutches) costs about $5, not including shipping.


Vex Labs


December 22, 2006 at 10:32 am Leave a comment

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