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Featured in the MagPi Magazine, Selin Ornek took inspiration from Star Wars when designing a Raspberry Pi Pico-powered battle bot.
In Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, a convoy of tanks with enormous wheels that bear down inexorably on their enemies was a fearsome sight. The concept seemed ideal to 15-year-old robot builder Selin Ornek when she needed ideas for a new battlebot.
She has now built six robots, including two that act as guide dog robots for blind people. The original version of this, the Arduino-based IC4U, won Selin her first prize at Coolest Projects International in 2018. “I won first place in the Hardware Category at Coolest Projects, and one of my prizes was a Raspberry Pi 3B+.” The other was a Google AIY kit – presented to her by Raspberry Pi’s very own Eben Upton. “After this, I started to use Raspberry Pi in all my projects.”
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