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Maker Faire Orlando 2016 Display

2016-10-22-07-49-31-enh-cropSo I just want to say a big “Thank You” to all the people that came by my table this weekend in Orlando. The event was a lot of fun, and I got to meet some really cool people! Some highlights people-wise included:

  • Was awesome to meet people I had worked with in one way or another, but had never met, including Caleb Kraft (Make:), Richard Wardlow (Circuits for Fun), and Tim Giles (Wild Circuits).
  • People I’d seen before, like the Tampa Hackerspace crew, and David & Kelly Schlitter from MakerPipe.
  • A little girl came by and gave me a ticket to say that my booth was her favorite. That was really nice, especially since I had no idea that we were supposed to be collecting them!
  • Several members of my family showed up, which was a long drive for all of them, so a big “thanks” to all of them!
  • I gave away all my magnets and stickers, so I’d consider that a “people” success as well!

Of Course the Big Feature of My Booth was the StrandMaus (Garage Video Below):

Ironically, I got no footage of this little guy while I was there, but a lot of people decided to video it with their phones and cameras. I told a few people, but it will hopefully be a pleasant surprise when they see it in the next issue of Make: Magazine. If you do have a clip of it on YouTube or wherever, please do let me know, I’d love to check it out!

That being said, with all the attention it got, I keep going back to the idea that I could again try a larger version of it. Perhaps twice the size of the little StrandMaus, or even much larger if there’s some interest in using it for events and the like. Who knows. With what I’ve learned over the last few years building these, I’d have a much better idea of what I’m getting into!

So, above all, thanks for stopping by! If I did meet you in Orlando, please feel free to get in touch via the comments below, or on Twitter @JeremySCook!

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More StrandMaus Footage

StrandMausAfter my first video attempt, I decided to make another clip, this time featuring the external camera more prominently than the FPV GoPro footage. FPV footage is from my Hero4Session – now known just as “HeroSession” – Amazon.

The results, as previewed in a little GIF above, I think are much better. In the FPV portion, I featured a view of the front legs/linkages prominently, as I think this is the most interesting part of the design, that and the actual camera turret setup. Check out the whole video below!

You can see the original video, as well as a little more information in this post.


Introducing the FPV StrandMaus


If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you have seen my various iterations of a remote-controlled vehicle based on Theo Jansen’s StrandBeest. My latest version is much smaller, so I’m calling it the “StrandMaus” (Beach Mouse, instead of Beach Beast). Check it out walking around in the video below:

I plan to explain how it works in further detail in another video or post, but what really sets this apart from my other versions is that I’m using thrust bearings from Servocity*, along with shaft collars, which allow the legs to be tightened more than the loose configuration I tried before. Also, the gear train is partially based on something I saw on Twitter from Jo!, using gears instead of linkages to transmit power between the central shaft and the legs.

Probably the most visually obvious feature of the FPV StrandMaus is the GoPro camera (a tiny Hero4 Session – Amazon) attached on a Servocity Pan/Tilt system. I used this on my first StrandBeest model which was neat, but was never able to walk on its own. In theory, one could log onto the StrandMaus’ camera and view it remotely while having it walk around it’s environment. Certainly I’ll have to experiment with this further in the future!

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