Dave Prochnow

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Meet the Incredibots

October 2016, Page 25

A remarkable group of teenagers from Columbus, OH — dubbed the Incredibots — have earned themselves the coveted FLL Global Innovation Award with an amazing solution for recycling Styrofoam™.

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini: A Robot Too Little, That Could Be Too Late

August 2016, Page 40

The SpotMini — Boston Dynamics’ newest bot for personal use — might not be enough to help the company's financial situation.

Motion Control Demystified

May 2016, Page 48

Getting the right kind of motion out of a motor can be tricky with power, engineering forces, and control all competing against your robot’s desire to go.

The Power to Move

March 2016, Page 42

RoboClaw programmable motor controllers can give you can edge with your robotic control game.

REVIEW:  Made on Imagination, Built on Dremel

February 2016, Page 48

Dremel’s first foray into 3D printers could also become a common fixture on every maker’s workbench and inside every STEM classroom.

Instant Robots

January 2016, Page 44

3D Printed Robots - Using the Lulzbot Mini

Microcerebrum — Build a Better Bot Brain
November 2015, Page 38

Here’s a proposal for an inexpensive complete robot controller alternative that can deliver equivalent functionality of programmed control without the coding chore overhead.

BooBits: Three Ghoulish littleBits Projects
September 2015, Page 43

It’s time to add some tricks to those treats with these three fun projects to do with kids (of all ages!) that will also teach some basic electronics.

littleBits and the ActoBitty

June 2015, Page 51

Magnets and aluminum combine to create ActoBits.

Build Your Own 3D Printer with Actobotics

May 2015, Page 54

After a failed experience with a low cost kit, inspiration struck to design and build a custom 3D printer with some rock-solid construction material and some simple hand tools.

M is for the Robot that ARM Made

April 2015, Page 44

Meet mBot — a new platform for working with embedded robotics that is affordable, programmable, and downright fun.

Make a MiP Hack Back

March 2015, Page 62

In late 2014, WowWee Group Limited came out with another commercial robot success: MiP. So, of course, the first thing we want to do is hack it.

littleBot: A Modern Build on a Classic BEAM Robot

February 2015, Page 28

littleBits — an ever-growing library of electronic modules that snap together — is put to the test to recreate a classic robot design.

Build the Diet Buddy
December 2014, Page 55

Afraid you’ll pick up a few pounds this holiday season, or need help staving off those late night fridge attacks? Then, you need the Diet Buddy!

Mobile Me
October 2014, Page 38

With the high cost of telepresence robots, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just make a simple one of your own? Well ...

Make Mine a Mad Rushin’
June 2014, Page 44

Convert a stock LEGO kit into a crazed cat crushin’, monster truck drivin’ robot.

Pool Bot
May 2014, Page 48

If you’ve got about $100 and a few hours, you’ll soon have an underwater ROV that can traverse your pool in search of treasure (or mermaids).

No PC and You Need to Code Your LEGO EV3? No Problem!

April 2014, Page 57

Baked inside each LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Brick is the ability to code primitive programs. See how to use it to perform rapid prototyping “sanity checks.”

Red Rover, Red Rover ... 10 Years of Opportunity

March 2014, Page 43

Who would have thought 10 years ago that NASA would still be gleaning all kinds of awesome intel from their golden Opportunity.


February 2014, Page 40

Japanese Team SCHAFT crushed the competition at the recent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials.

Robot Rescue: ROVs Lend a Hand During Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

July 2010, Page 55

Get a closer look at the ROVs that were put to use within hours of this highly publicized offshore tragedy.