Real Robots
Make some cool stuff

The following are all projects designed by Jake Wilkinson as projects for students to build in RealRobots classes. Each project is built around a variety of engineering, coding and tech skills that students will learn as they build their own.

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A 5-way useless box containing a custom PCB with auto power-down and battery management.

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A 3D printer designed to be easy for students to build from scratch and very tolerant of rough treatment.

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Robby Robby

A quick 2D plotter, also software to convert raster images to vectors in some interesting ways.

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Custom flight controller PCB with ESP32 brains. Controlled by an ESPNow connected controller. Arms are bamboo chopsticks.

Firmware is completely custom.

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Auto-opening lockbox that responds to an RFID card.

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Raspberry Pi laptop build from laser cut plywood. Runs Kano, a linux distribution designed to teach children.

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A second 3D printer, less robust than the wooden model but much easer to build and work on.

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A battery powered, portable soldering iron with build in USB charging.

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An autonomous Arduino robot with sonar object avoidance and IR remote control.

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A series of extendable, DIY game controllers. Built to show off my rr_configurator firmware and GUI.

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Another game controller, this one was a big hit with the students. It's 4 layers of cosplay foam with and Arduino Pro Micro, an accelerometer, some buttons and a thumbstick. Designed to play Minecraft, swinging it back and forth is translated as a left mouse click.

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16 strips of 16 RGB leds, soldered together and programmed to display cute pixel art.

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Candy sorting machine, designed to teach problem solving and coding to students.

Seems initially intimidating but each separate component is relatively basic and separate to code for.

Includes a custom PCB, standard NEMA17 step motor with a magnetic encoder added, RGB led and photoresistor, hobby servo for bin selection.