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The rise of the 254MakerTrons and ChumaBot I

By Jessica Colaço
iHub
  Published 10 Jun 2013
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The rise of the 254MakerTrons and ChumaBot I

As a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist in Kenya, I have been mentoring and working with a group of 4 students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and theTechnical University of Kenyafor the last 3 months.These students are passionate, inspirational and eager to learn. They are natural innovators and makers - Festus, Hezron, Elizabeth and Muuo.

From Left: Hezron, Festus and ElizabethPhotocredit: Festus

In their own words:

"We are coming up with a  'Picopter'  which  is  basically a quadcopter similar to all the other flying drones we’ve seen before with one important difference – all the processing, from reading the sensors to computing exactly how much power to give each motor – is handled by a Raspberry Pi.

Thus the Raspberry Pi acts as the central “Brain” of the quadcopter with arduino  as the Slave controller. The Tasks of the Pi are to deal with logic, control and RC input processing whereas the arduino is used as an interface board for Pi, to read RC inputs and output motor control signals."

Liz with the PicopterPhoto credit: @whiteafrican

I will be nurturing these innovators and makers in the next few weeks. I will be teaching a course on Product Design and Entrepreneurship. If you areinterestedinjoining this session, shoot me an email: research@ihub.co.ke with the subjectProduct Design and Entrepreneurshipand in 5 bullet points tell me what you are building and why you would like to attend this course.
On Saturday, the 8th of June 2013, I met Peter Mbiria Maina (Watch video below). This inspired me to create the group 254MakerTrons and give rise to "ChumaBot I" .We will be working on "ChumaBot I" every Saturday after theProduct Design and Entrepreneurship class.
"ChumaBot I" - This is the successor of ChumaBot the original Bot - Watch Video Below

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The rise of the 254MakerTrons

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