Maker Faire UK, as usual, showcased the best in maker kit and development. Featured at this year’s show were the small but perfectly formed robotics of Droidscript and a Hitchin Hackspace project that is brewing up nicely.
Droidscript.org is the brainchild of Dave Smart, a software developer and maker whose interests branch into space hardware, Lego and Android programming. It is a mobile development platform that can connect electronic devices using USB, Bluetooth, TCP and UDP. This fantastic steampunk TV Eye (above) was put together by Matthew Taylor from Cambridge MakeSpace and is controlled by DroidScript using an ODROID-C1 – a powerful Android based mini-computer alternative to the Raspberry Pi.
Hitchin Hackspace – notorious builders of the Big Hak (Big Trak’s big brother) – were on hand with Horatio, part of a project to develop a tea-making robot. Using a 3D printed arm and gripping hand the team hopes to put together the perfect robotic cuppa. Horatio at this stage was there hidden inside a denim shirt with a white glove (Jackson style), its automatic system set up to recognise when a person walked up to the team’s desk and then randomly offer a wave ‘hello’ or a robotic handshake.
Once he is given his full tea-making abilities, Horatio’s makers hope to use the data from his activities to see what the most popular brew is – the robot will be hooked up to the internet so people can get their orders in online. Social media collaborative crowdsourced robotic tea. As it should be.