I'm making a robot to perform in weddings. Ring bearer, flower girl, dancer, officiant (!)... WeddingBot can do it all.
Hi, I'm Jon Schmig and I'm making a wedding robot. I think having a robot in a wedding is an amazing idea. It's too late for my wedding, but I think other people will be interested.
This wedding robot is a battery-powered remote control vehicle that will perform various tasks associated with wedding ceremonies AND receptions. The robot is currently being built but the final feature-set will depend on funding. WeddingBot could function as a ring bearer, a flower girl, an usher, a dancer, or even an officiant.
What makes me think I can just build a wedding robot? Well, last year I built my first robot, an automomous roving robot named Charlie. Charlie rolls around a tries not to bump into things, and he makes beeping sounds. He's kind of like a pet.
Making Charlie was a fantastic learning experience. I knew how to write a computer program but before making Charlie I didn't know much at all about electronics or basic electrical components. I now know all about voltage and current, resistors and capacitors, soldering those parts together without melting them, and I know a LOT about the Arduino. Arduino is a microcontroller, or a small computer that fits on a single circuit board.
Arduino will also be the brains of the wedding bot. Instead of little rubber wheels, though, this robot will have heavy-duty tank treads, Johnny Five-style. On top of the tank will sit a little tuxedo'd torso containing all the robot guts. On top of that will be the robot's head, a cube that rotates with eyes that blink.
Once I've finished the robot my plan is to rent him out to anyone who thinks a robot would be the perfect addition to their special day. I'm sure there are nerds in love out there who will jump at the chance. I want to help make their dream come true.
Robot parts are expensive and this is why I need your help. In order to realize my ultimate vision for the WeddingBot I need lots more parts, things like servo motors, bluetooth receivers, text-to-speech translators, compressed air canisters, and aluminum sheeting.
So please help me out if you can. Thank you!
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There are always aspects to a project that don't go quite as planned, but I'm confident that I'll be able to overcome any hardware or software challenges that arise in the development process.
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