Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The team consists of three robot enthusiasts who tinker on a number of projects at the MIT Electronics Research Society (MITERS). Numerous robots have lurched from this laboratory, ranging from outdoor strawberry harvesting contraptions to gargantuan 3D printers using surplus industrial robotic arms. BABOT’s story begins with an abandoned blue robot arm, (labeled BABOT) hiding in a nearby alumni’s kitchen, sadly living in a corner as a decorative coat rack. After some convincing, it was moved to a more loving environment where we reverse engineered its inner workings, drew up kinematics and designed electronics to breathe life back into the bot. Each week more functions came to life and it grew more peripherals, ranging from an auto-brush cleaner to a wireless video game controller for remote adjusting. Each team member has different favorite painting mediums and varying approaches to painting. We’ve focused on creating art that’s embracing to watch and entertaining to develop. An overview our project can be found here:

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