Fred Hoefler has developed a Raspberry Pi-powered motorised assistant for a hand weaver. The problem with hand weaving is that it is hard on the hands and arms and older weavers are often unable to continue their work due to the ravages of old age. Hoefler’s solution is to add several 12V motors with a Raspberry Pi acting as the brains. Machines like this are already in existence, but can cost around $10,000. So, he set himself the task that no single component in the project should cost more than the Pi itself! The whole build came in around $200. Very impressive! You can read more about this project over on Fred’s blog.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.