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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

Arduino Starter Kit for Arduino Uno

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.


Breaking news!

Budding inventor Harry Gee will be attending the meetup to talk and demo his latest brainchild "PiBot" - the yet to be released robot kit for Raspberry Pi.

He'll be bringing a number of limited addition NodeBots branded, pre-release PiBots that you can buy on the day for £120. The kit includes a full array of hardware as well as a hand crafted wooden bot-box.

More details about PiBot and what is included in the kit can be found on the PiBot website.

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  • Bernard M.

    Check out plotclock on YouTube is there some sort of nodebot email list or Google group? For questions and sharing stuff before the next meet up?

    March 1, 2014

  • Oli Z.

    NodeBots! Assemble! We've bypassed security and are warming the coffee and circuit boards.

    February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be late for my first meeting. Train station was shut :p

      February 22, 2014

  • Oli Z.

    We have a few kits available on the day for them that haven't got one!

    February 21, 2014

  • Mattia A.

    Hi everybody,
    I'd like to have more information, I'm planning to build a Nodebot.
    What I want it to do is basically go from position X to Y and come back from Y to X.
    It should be powered with batteries.
    It should have wireless.
    It should have in memory at least 10 "path" and I want to give commands via wireless.
    I want to write as more as possibile in JS.

    My idea of components:
    - a skeleton with wheels and motor
    - arduino
    - raspberry pi + wifi dongle
    - batteries

    Is all of this needed or I'm missing something else important?
    Which shops? Which components are better/cheaper than others?

    What framework? Johnny-five seems cool but I've seen that seems cooler.
    The problem is that is very expensive and not yet available (spring).

    Any suggestion is appreciated,
    many thanks

    February 18, 2014

    • Mattia A.

      Many thanks really appreciated, I start reading ;)

      February 18, 2014

    • Tom H.

      I used the­ to drive a­ dont need anything else then

      February 21, 2014

  • Tahina

    Hi, since I don't have any kits I will join next meetup . thanks

    February 21, 2014

  • Howard

    Also have to work on something else tomorrow, might see you in the pub after.

    February 21, 2014

  • Tahina

    due to not knowing if i could get in, i didnt get any arduino kits... will it be any in sold at the workshop???

    February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    need to work on some angular google maps stuff the morrow folks, maybe next time

    February 21, 2014

  • Phil C

    Sorry guys, going to have to bail this weekend!

    See y'all next time!

    February 21, 2014

  • Dan M.

    Sorry to drop out, no childcare and wife is working this weekend :(

    February 18, 2014

  • Alex P.

    Just a few days to go before NodeBots on Saturday!

    This month’s NodeBots is going to involve a challenge for all you intrepid NodeBoteers.

    There’s going to be a big X on the floor in the hall. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to deliver a small plastic green army man into the centre of an X drawn on the floor from 10 meters away. Wheels, wings, tracks; anything goes.

    No human assistance is allowed, however running after your robot because it’s tethered to your laptop is ok.

    Form up into groups before or on the day, max 5 people.

    The challenge is optional so if you’re still finding your feet with the whole robot thing or just need a hand with a specific project then don’t worry, you're still more than welcome.

    If you have any questions or ideas, please post them here

    February 18, 2014

  • Bernard M.

    The robotic age.

    February 5, 2014

  • Phil C


    January 30, 2014

  • Andrew N.

    Moving house that weekend :(

    January 30, 2014

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