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Intel Experience Store – Day 13 Recap: BrushBot Races Prep

by Carlyn Maw on January 7, 2014, no comments

White paper figure on top of a toothbrush head robot, spinning

Diane Noren made a joyful spinning BrushBot

TL;DR Monday was all about going full speed to make a track for the BrushBot Races happening on Wednesday at 12:30 PM to 3:30, 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Intel will be donating money to MakerEd if the event is a success, so come on down and tweet about it. I have 25 kits, or bring your own to put to the test.

While I was busy working on the track with the help of Tunisha and Robert (great steady hands guys!) Barb Noren’s mom Diane Noren made a killer BrushBot her first time out.  Diane was in the store because Barb has put huge effort into setting up for her cause-and-effect machine event later today, Tuesday 1:30 to 4:30 (Money also going to MakerEd). It was so awesome I had to make the first animated gif I’ve made in a decade. (Thanks GIFBrewery)

Black tape laid out in a figure 8 like shape on cardboard

Gaffer’s tape track laid out on cardboard, before sides go fully up

Does anybody recognize the inspiration for the layout on my first BrushBot track ever? I was pretty nervous; it is kind of twisty. Also the cardboard isn’t 100% flat. Fingers crossed.

Success! Mostly. I’ll have to come up with rules like they do on the Top Gear for penalties the number of touches, but I think this will work. There is a simplified linear track for drag racing, too.

See you on Wednesday.

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