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NodeBots Day -- programming robots with JavaScript

What are NodeBots and what is International Nodebots Day?

We want to show that NodeJS is an all-purpose and fun tool, by demonstrating it's potential with hardware -- bringing together those interested in node, robotics, and hardware; giving them an open space to hack, collaborate, learn, and share their results with others. Also, our guide for the day is one of the people helping to create the nodebots environment, so he wants all your in-person feedback about how things can be even easier and better!

What Cool Stuff can I do?
Sumobot Jr. is an open source sumobot design made specifically for Nodebots Day to help spark ideas and help people who are just getting started.  Watch the full "how to" video here: Sumobot Jr Assembly video.

Checkout the Johnny-Five examples for lots of cool stuff to do with Node and Arduino.

tl;dr - You can do stuff with motors, servos, sensors, LEDs, in categories like home automation, robots that move, walk, and dance, and just about anything else you can wire together.

What do I need for NodeBots day?
BYOHardware -- Assume there will be no hardware waiting for you at this event.

You will need to purchase your own hardware or find someone to team up with! No worries if this is your first time, we have some suggestions:

At the bare minimum, you will need an Arduino Uno (or similar Arduino) and something for it to control.

Here's a list of suggested kits for beginners:

You may wish to use servos or other sensors/hardware which can also be purchased from the vendors above.

You will definitely want to bring a laptop computer (with a USB port and cable to connect to your Arduino). You should also download and install Node.JS version 0.10.x from: If you feel adventuresome, go ahead and install Johnny-Five, which makes robot building incredibly fun and easy.  There could be some software dependencies your system needs, but if you can't figure those out... we should be able to help.

While there won't be any formal presentation, there will be a few mentors who know how to get you up and running with Node, Johnny-Five, Arduino, and some electronics.  We are all learning together and want to share...we want to create a good environment for those new to robotics & hardware hacking and will help all we can.

We plan to hack and build throughout the day starting at 10 AM.  We will have refreshments, beverages, food around 12 PM for lunch. We hope folks might feel inclined to contribute $10 to cover some of these costs or put some money in the NovaLabs tip jar as thanks for giving us a great space to work. Towards the end of our session (4-5 PM), we'd like to have a "Show and Tell" were everyone who built something they'd like to share gives a demo of their project and talks about what they learned.

NOTE: Please park across the street!...
Finding us and Parking:
Finding Nova Labs:

We share a very small parking lot with other businesses, so please use it only for dropping off and picking up.  Please park across the street at the free park-and-ride lot:
... if you park near the midpoint light post, it's a direct walk across the road with pretty minimal traffic.

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  • Paul H.

    This was fantastic. I really had a blast. While I didn't get my robot full functional I got a critical part of it working and I learned a lot bout NodeJS and Firmata.

    July 28, 2013

  • Eric M.

    We had a great group of Nodebot makers, from beginners to advanced folks. Great atmosphere for learning and lots of teamwork. Hope we can do it again sometime soon!

    July 28, 2013

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