NodeBots of London: Assemble!

NodeBots of London is a semi regular meetup to hack on hardware using JavaScript.  We'll build robots, fly node copters and perhaps inadvertently kickstart the robot apocalypse.

What should I bring?

A laptop, some hardware to hack on.  If you've never done this before, one of the below kits would be about right.

oomlout: Starter Kit for Ardunio

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino

and if you want a leg up for making a sumo bot:

Hobbytronics: Zumo Robot Kit 

Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, Beaglebones, Espruinos, LEDs, servos, lasers all welcome. 

We'll be using @rwaldron's johnny-five library, so if you want to hit the ground running, make sure you've installed the latest version of nodegit and johnny-five

Send smoke signals to @NodeBotsUK if you drop your soldering iron in the meantime or get lost on the way.

Everyone is welcome. Some JS or Arduino experience helps, but humans will be available on the day to get you contributing to the robot uprising, or just the curious abuse of everyday appliances with electricity.


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  • Ricardo C.

    It was a really nice experience, it was my first time working with an Arduino, didn't do anything as amazing as all your shooting robots, but that will be the next step :)

    i did do my first "hello world" app which consisted on a temp monitor that writes to a file ( 2 arduino tutorials merged into one and then some node stuff ),

    I will be looking forward for more meetings

    January 26, 2014

  • Alan S.

    If you didn't catch all the action on the @nodebotsuk twitter then you can see a bunch of videos from the day here:

    January 26, 2014

  • Miroslav B.

    It was a very pleasant experience with lots of fun and hacking.

    January 25, 2014

  • Adam D.

    I enjoyed today very much - I hadn't touched the Arduino since last hack day so had to reboot my Johnny5 knowledge - and didn't get through as much new stuff as I did last time. As ever, the organisers were welcoming, friendly, helpful to the roboticist at all levels. Those who demoed their projects from the day showed some great ideas - and from the conversations all round, there is a great spirit of open sharing on all things technical. Thanks all for another great nodebots hack day!

    January 25, 2014

  • George S.

    Would nodebots again

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Aneliya V.

    Great place, great people, great fun

    January 25, 2014

  • Seshu B.

    bad luck to be on the waiting list.. just two more to go.

    Im building an awesome smartwatch that even apple cant beat.

    My startup is

    Enthusiastic hardware developers and software dev, reply here and we can meet after the event at 5pm.

    January 25, 2014

  • Despo P.

    Hi guys, sorry for not being able to make it today. Something came up and I only now got some time :(

    January 25, 2014

  • Benjamin

    Has anyone ever used the LedControl object?

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something's come up and I won't be able to make it by for hacking. If you go for drinks / food afterwards, I might be able to join you

    January 25, 2014

    • Daniel M.

      Thanks, I thought it was something to do with my phone. If I turned up at 3 or something will you kick me out?

      January 25, 2014

    • Alan S.

      haha, no!

      January 25, 2014

  • Alan S.

    Great beginners guide for arduino, node and johnny five: Arduino Experimenter's Guide for NodeJS -

    January 25, 2014

  • Oli Z.

    January 25, 2014

  • Péter K.

    This is like the perfect meetup for a saturday, but I have to skip this one. Will definately go to the next one!

    January 24, 2014

  • Jérôme L.

    wish i could be there, have fun mates :)

    January 23, 2014

  • Alan S.


    Nodebots of London is looming. On Saturday 25th you'll be hacking on Nodebots: building flying bugs, cat entertaining laser shows and potentially initiating the robot apocalypse.

    If you haven't done this kind of thing before, you need to BUY some hardware to hack on and bring it along with you. There are some links to beginner friendly starter kits listed above in the meetup description, so go check it out.

    That is all.

    2 · January 21, 2014

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