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This is amazing. What your family has done together is so cool. You are a role model for me, and I’m sure, for many others. I am trying to engage my fourteen year old and his friend in building stuff and I have gotten as far as starting them up on the Arduino. Now I’m gonna show them what you have done and I’m sure that will trigger their minds. Thanks. Thom
Your work is fantastic .
First off, I want you to know that I really like the revamped and updated website – it looks great and is easy to navigate. Well done! I’m also very impressed with you and your family. We need more families like this in our country! Keep building, learning and growing – you are an inspiration to us all.
Awesome stuff. Do you need an apprentice?
Thanks, Richard, Actually, we will be getting our first metal lathe soon, so we need someone to fly down from Michigan and teach us how to use it. 🙂
Beatty Robotics ROCKS!!! What you’ll have accomplished from a simple request to build a robots is inspirational. Thanks for sharing! :o)
Thanks, Bob. We appreciate it.
WOW, as someone who has been doing electronics, amateur radio,and a career in telecom, and IT I’m totally impressed with your accomplishments. I started out building all kinds of radio-electronic kits when I was nine yars old and got a bit sad watching current generations of kids not participating in such things..But I saw your story on “Fox and Friends” and it did my heart good.Hats off to all of you for rolling up your sleeves and building an impressive robot!! And a special hats off to your father, so many parents nowadays are either too busy or too overprotective as to not letting them use tools, soldering irons etc. You guys keep it up and spread the word..Learning can be lots of fun!!
I love the new website. Easy to navigate and informative. Camille and Genevieve, you are an inspiration to young women everywhere! Very impressive! I adore the led belt. I may attempt to construct one with my daughters! Way to go girls!
Can you help me build one for my science fair project in school
I first heard of you guys at Sparkfun, and I’ve been following your projects ever since, I’m sure your kids have a bright future ahead, I wouldn’t be surprised if NASA gives you a call!
Best of luck to both of you girls!
Thank you, Sep. We appreciate it. 🙂
Actually, the girls received a letter from the Director of NASA congratulating them on building our Mars Rover. The package included pictures of Spirit and Opportunity signed many of the rover drivers and engineers at JPL. It was very cool. 🙂
You guys are my heroes!
I live in Asheville too 🙂 maybe one day I’ll visit you
Best Regards my new friends
A fantastic site guys, and inspirational setup. Keep up the great work.
Dear intelligent friend very very god project & great work thank you.
Dear intelligent friend, Very very good project & great work. Thank you for sharing your work.
Mr. Beatty and Family:
Congratulations on your recent invitation and attendance at the White House. It is an honor for you to have been invited, and we thank you for representing all of the hobbyist robotics enthusiasts.
These postings are very informative. Mr. Beatty and Family, you do a great job.
Mr. Beatty, I am impressed. What you have done with your kids is amazing. It is a great, fun way to keep kids of all ages interested in continuing learning. I wonder if you have considered hybrids of your robots (e.g. your security robot with your flying robots), or hybrids of your robots with other hobbies (such as rocketry). With your UAVs, have you looked at programming swarming behaviours, and the use of proximity sensors to avoid bumping into things? Imagine the fun of a paintball battle between a swarm of UAVs and a swarm of robot tanks. 😉 I know more than a few teenagers who would LOVE that. And, it would be quite the programming challenge, as I suppose the targetting system for ground based robots would be difficult enough, but that would be all the more challenging when the targetting is on a light, airborne platform. And, to make it all the more challenging, I’d work on programming the bots to take evasive action if they detect themselves as being targetted.
I wonder what you think of the notion of having a swarm of your tiniest robots automagically forming a network to send data to a base station, with the purpose of being able to penetrate a debris field and send data to allow the base station which then constructs a 3D model of the structure of the debris (so engineers can more easily/safely design how they’d penetrate it – that would, I think, be priceless in search and rescue related to mine disasters/earthquakes).
Your workshop and work quality is fantastic. My congratulations to your team. I was looking very hard at your machine vices. Most vices (that I can afford)tend to be tightest at the bottom of the jaw thus allowing the possibility of shake. These appear to load to the top of the jaw pushing the jaw down on to its lands. Please correct me if I am wrong
Thank you, Graham. Vices are super important. We have all sorts of vises. One thing is certain. The normal bench top vises you can buy at a local store are junk for this kind of work. No good at all. You need a machinist vise. You can easily spend a lot of money for a good vise (like $500) and it’s worth it, but there are also really good vises that are much cheaper. For example, this is one of our favorites and it’s only $59.95: http://www.littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=1145
Have successfully added 3D printer head (home built) to my home built router using Mach3 and G540. Thought you may like to add another arrow to your bow to develop those amazing robots
I’m interested in purchasing similar tools/machinery. I would estimate a minimum budget of $25,000?
Fantastic stuff! Saw your article in Oct 2014 Robot mag and because of the inspiration this gave me, I took out a subscription!
Thanks for sharing all this. I’m going Back to Bots.
Well, I guess it runs in the name. Just came across your website after running down a few rabbit holes. I’m an engineer in S. California with the same knack for tinkering and creativity. We got a whole slew of Beatty’s working as engineer on my side as well. Hope all is well and look forward to checking your website out some more. Maybe grab a few pointers!
I had the honor & privilege of working for Rob at his first creation – Plexus Systems, MI. During my time there, it was clearly evident that Rob was not your ordinary boss/founder. He has this innate ability to inspire & motivate people around him. Damn smart & very generous!
I think that ability has manifested itself in his extremely talented daughters. They are very lucky to get to pick his brains 24/7. I would not at all be surprised to see this company as one of the great companies of the future. Possibly the Google of Robotics! This is exactly how great companies are born.
Good luck!! And thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge with us.
Very cool stuff and sorry to hear about the fire, but at least everyone there is healthy.
Time to start a new one, eh?
Yes, thank goodness that all the members of the family escaped unharmed.
Robert, my family and I met you last October in Ashville at a book signing (Malaprop’s I believe). Truth be told, we had no idea who you were, what you have done or even that there was a book signing at all! We went on a whim. It is truly amazing what you have done. How do you find the time?
I don’t! I’m totally swamped. But it’s all good stuff. 🙂 Thank you for your message.
Robert, cool stuff man! …that’s about the breadth of my ability to comment on the subject. I enjoyed the animalistic quality of some of your builds.
Just curious, was the final sequence in the Twisted Staff trailer shot on a drone of yours?
In any event, I hope you and your daughters still find some time to explore this fascinating world.
Wonderful job. I am starting with robots and it really inspire me. In fact, since the moment I discover your web, I am planning to build my own mars explorer!!
Please can you tell me which motors have you used in yours? I quite new in this world and I am having dificulties to select the components for my project
Congratulations for your jobs and regards
We normally use the motors from Servocity.
Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed discovering your site. Really cool the way that you have engaged with robotics and have not let any perceived or real barriers get in your way. You’re awesome (including your parents)!
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