Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2015 and the Arachnio Due

This year's Seattle Mini MakerFaire was really exciting for us because we got to show off our upcoming product, the Arachnio Due! The most common comment I received about the original Arachnio is that it needed an ARM chip. I took  that to heart after we didn't reach our original funding goal and I'm proud to introduce the Arachnio Due, with replaces the earlier ATmega32u4 with an Atmel SAM4S, which is an ARM Cortex-M4 running at 120 MHz.

Check out our project progress on hackaday.io or sign up for our mailing list to receive notifications when the Arachnio Due is ready to launch on Kickstarter.

In order to show off the Arachnio Due, I built a pair of sumo bots using the cellphone control code Jeremy wrote for the original. The EMP event folks are very cool and helpful, and were able to get us a nice round table to fit our playing field (laser cut at Metrix Create Space) at nearly the last minute.  

The sumo bots were really popular, and it was great to see people really get how cool it is to have an Arduino variant that can connect to your phone or any other wifi network. I built them with the cheap Tamiya dual motor gearboxes, so they needed a fair amount of maintenance -- Alex did a great job keeping them running through most of the fair. 

Our booth during setup. We got another table and a fence around the playing field on the right. 

Our booth during setup. We got another table and a fence around the playing field on the right. 

The Arachnio sumo bots on the play field, ready for action! The Arachnio Dues are the green boards with blue lights. The driver boards were created for these bots, and will probably appear in the Kickstarter as a stretch goal.

The Arachnio sumo bots on the play field, ready for action! The Arachnio Dues are the green boards with blue lights. The driver boards were created for these bots, and will probably appear in the Kickstarter as a stretch goal.

Victory!

Victory!

My son pushes my bot out of the ring.

My son pushes my bot out of the ring.

The Couch Armada arrives to check out the Arachnio Due

The Couch Armada arrives to check out the Arachnio Due

Classes at Metrix Create:Space

I'm teaching a number of workshops at Metrix this winter that some of you might find interesting.  Here's the schedule:

  • Intro to Arduino covers the basics of using the Arduino. It covers setup, introductory programming, and simple interface circuits. Cost is $70 and includes an Arduino and all materials. Each student needs to bring a laptop. It will be offered on the following days:
  • Intro to Electronics covers basic electronics concepts and simple circuits. $60, materials included. 
  • Mobile Sensors will cover the basics of the most popular types of sensors used in mobile and wearable applications: force, position, light, temperature, tilt, compasses, and more. These types of sensors can enable you to build things from an automatic night light to a
    robot capable of navigating through a room on its own. The Arduino platform will provide a handy tool for recording, analyzing, presenting, and acting on the sensor output. Finally, each student will have the opportunity to build a sensor-enabled device with the Arduino platform.
  • Digital Communications with Arduino delves into expanding the capabilities of your Arduino by using the built-in communications ports to talk to various kinds of peripherals! We will be exploring common communications types including I2C, SPI, serial, and shift registers. Students will receive an Arduino shield with examples of peripherals that use each communication type. Students need to bring an Arduino-compatible board and a laptop. Students should be familiar with the material in Intro to Arduino. Cost is $100.