Lunokhod - Lunar Rover
This is a video of our Lunokhod robot. Lunokhod, which means "Moon Walker" in Russian, was the first roving remote-controlled robot to land on another celestial body. As soon as we saw pictures of it, we fell in love with the Jules Verne-style steampunk design, the double rocker bogie suspension system, and the cool spoked wheels. We built this miniature version of Lunokhod for a space museum in Prague. Lunokhod uses an Arduino Nano microcontroller, a Sabertooth motor controller, an Xbee radio, and eight Pololu gear motors. The chassis parts and other metal parts are custom designed and machined on our home-made CNC Mill.
President Obama discusses Beatty Robotics at the White House
We have exciting news to share! President Obama invited Beatty Robotics to the White House. The President officially proclaimed June 18 as America’s first National Day of Making. The event was attended by the President, cabinet members, senators, CEOs of tech companies, deans of universities, and techno-dignataries from across America. We were deeply honored to be part of this amazing celebration of the Maker Movement.
As part of the mini Maker Faire that the President hosted in the White House, the girls, Jennifer, and I setup the Mars Rover and a few of our other robots in the Grand Foyer of the President’s residence. Our exhibit sat beside several others, including a group of engineers from the Smithsonian who created the first-ever life-size 3D-scanned and printed bust of a U.S. president. Through the course of the day, we met with and exhibited to many wonderful people, including the Director of the National Science Foundation, ranking officials from NASA and the Navy, Dean Kamen (inventor of Segway, FIRST Robotics, etc.), Dale Dougherty (Founder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire), and many others. But the highlight of the day was President Obama’s speech to the nation on the Maker Movement in which he discussed Beatty Robotics. When he asked Camille and Genevieve to standup, the whole room burst into applause. It was awesome.
This video is a highly condensed 4-minute version of his 20-minute speech at the event, including the part where he discusses Beatty Robotics (at 1:20).
Beatty Robotics - Introduction Video
Published on Nov 8, 2014
Welcome to Beatty Robotics. This channel highlights some of the robots we've built on our tech blog Beatty Robotics (beatty-robotics.com). We are a father-daughter team of robot builders. We build most of our robots for fun, learning, and family together time. We also design and build robots for science centers and museums. The Introduction Video provides brief clips of some of our various robots.
Camille Beatty Rocks the House at the Business Innovation Factory conference
Published on Dec 3, 2014
Recently, Camille was asked to give a presentation at the Business Innovation Factory. The collaborative brainchild of one of the original TED Talk founders, the annual BIF conference’s purpose is for the most innovative thinkers around the country to come together to share their personal stories, to educate and inspire other innovators in all that is possible. These are the crazy-out-of-the-box-thinkers, the thought leaders, the people who have shown what you can do if you put your mind to it. This year, the storytellers ranged from a leading professor at the Harvard Business School, to the Air Force officer who was tasked with the daunting job of setting up the Afghanistan Air Force, to a nurse practitioner who made it her life’s work to drastically reduce the rate of mothers dying in childbirth in Tibet. It was a fantastic and inspiring event. Camille and I enjoyed it immensely. Here is the presentation she gave. It’s hard to tell from the video, but the crowd of about 600 innovation leaders, CEOs, university deans, and educators totally loved her. They were laughing, and smiling, and nodding their heads the whole time. Afterward, Camille was swarmed with new fans and opportunities, which was very cool. We also enjoyed having dinner in the house of the president of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). We would like to thank everyone at BIF for welcoming us so warmly.