MapperBot Charts a Simulated Asteroid at World Maker Faire


Gotham Laboratories will be at World Maker Faire next month to show off MapperBot, a drone that demonstrates mapping an asteroid with a plenoptic camera, which they have mounted on a quadcopter which will circumnavigate a 2-3 meter asteroid mockup and map the surface details in real time.

Go Lab won the Best Hardware Prize at 2013’s NASA Space Apps Challenge with a nano satellite concept, and they’ll be showing it off along with the mapping drone. Looks really cool!

DIY toy car Drone Featured at World Maker Faire


This toy car kit, which the creators call the RoboTech SuperCar, will be demonstrated at World Maker Faire next month. It’s Arduino powered with RGB LED headlights and tail lights, an ultrasonic sensor, and a 24-pin RC bus that interfaces with RasPi, Teensy, or any other microcontroller. It can operate in RC mode or autonomously. Sounds like the perfect platform for anyone looking for an open source RC or autonomous car, and a fun way to learn electronics.