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Photo Credit: MakeblockMakeblock founder, Jasen Wang, talks about the growing role of the Maker Movement in China.

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We’d call it a robot, but [Eric Buijs] calls it a dolly. [Eric] bought a Makeblock starter robot kit last year, but never did anything with it. He recently wanted a camera dolly to help shoot project videos and the Makeblock hardware fit the bill.

[Eric] found that one of Makeblock’s example videos showed off a camera dolly but had no construction details. He cracked open the kit and got to work replicating what he had seen. Two 6V motors combined with a reduction gear, a belt, and some wheels, and the dolly now moves under computer control!

Speaking of the computer, the Makeblock kit came with an Arduino-compatible board called a Baseshield. [Eric] didn’t like the telephone-style connector used to interface the board with the outside world, so he junked the Baeshield and replaced it with an Arduino Leonardo. The only thing left was to make a camera mount, which [Eric] fabricated with plywood.

There’s still work to do. The dolly drifts a little to the left and the lack of suspension sometimes makes the video unusable. However, we are confident version two will be even better.

Judging by the number of past projects we’ve seen on dolly’s this is something a lot of people want to build. It is interesting to see just how many different ways people approach the same problem. If you haven’t seen Makeblock, there is a video about the starter kit [Eric] used below.

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New Project: Build a Ball-Counting Robot Using Makeblock and Lego

arduino, Fun & Games, GBC, Great Ball Contraption, LEGO, Makeblock, Robotics, Robots Commenti disabilitati su New Project: Build a Ball-Counting Robot Using Makeblock and Lego 

ball-legoMake your own Great Ball Contraption (GBC) using Lego and Makeblock.

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The Lego Standard: Combining Building Sets to Make Better Projects

arduino, bricktronics, LEGO, Makeblock, mindstorms, Robotics Commenti disabilitati su The Lego Standard: Combining Building Sets to Make Better Projects 

photoThe popularity of Lego has spawned a flood of third-party products that tie into the Lego ecosystem. The latest is Technic-compatible Makeblock beams.

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Building a Low-Cost Nanoscope with Lego and Makeblock

arduino, Imaging, LEGO, Makeblock, Maker Faire, microscope, science Commenti disabilitati su Building a Low-Cost Nanoscope with Lego and Makeblock 

lego-toolsStudents at a workshop built a sub-$500 atomic force microcope out of Lego, Makeblock, 3D-printed parts, and Arduinos.

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