Building Prosthetics Hands using 3D printer

Artash and Arushi teamed up with Grade 5 students from Jackman Avenue Junior Public School and Jarvis Cohandathon-thestarllegiate high school students for the Canada’s first-ever “handathon” to assemble prosthetic hands that will be sent to children who need them.

The event took place on 5 December 2015 and was organised by E-Nable – a nonprofit organization based in the United States that 3D-prints prosthetic hands, and the Toronto Reference Library.


HotPopRobot @ TIFF DigiPlaySpace 2016 Opening Day

Artash and Arushi ddemo2emonstrated a number of projects at the opening day of the 2016 DigiPlaySpace  (March 5 and 6) organised by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This was for the second time they were invited to present their projects.

The projects presented this year  were:

Humanoid with 5 Senses: The robot is able to detect light (eyes), hear (ears), touch (skin), smell (nose) and taste (tongue). A combination of buzzer, lights and motor are switched on when any of the senses are activated. Continue reading

LED and Motor Clock: Clockathon (The Toronto Star)

artash_clockCreated a clock using motors, LEDs and a Photon chip for the Clock-a-thon organised by SteamLabs MakerSpace at the Mozilla office in  Toronto on September 24, 2015.

Although Artash has some expertise in Arduino open-source micro-controllers, this time he opted for a “normal ticking clock”.

Source: The Star, Toronto. 25 September 2015.

Robo-Doc: To Give or Not to Give!

HotPopRobot created a Robo-Doc as a part of the “Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon 2015” held at MARS from September 11-13, 2015.

The Robo-Doc was a robot which tends to sick kids at home or hospitals. It can take the temperature and pulse, and communicate it remotely to parents/doctors. Based on this information, the Robo-Doc can be instructed to either remind kids to take their medicines, or offer them books or music to cheer them up.


Winner: Best of Show Maker Festival 2015 won one of the Best of Show 2015 Awards at the Maker Festival 2015 Toronto. This year we made a host of projects specially for the Maker Festival. It included the following:

Bubble Clock: The clock runs for 3 minutes during which it performs a series of tasks which produce light and sound. At the end it releases air from a balloon via a solenoid and creates soap bubbles.

Crazy Wheel: An old bicycle wheel was covered with LEDs and attached to a Gyro sensor. The LEDs light up in a pattern depending on how fast the wheel is turned.

Draw Bot: The ever-popular and newer version of a drawing bot, powered by 2 servos and inverse kinematics code, which creates drawings on its own.

Gesture Sensing Helmet:  A bicycle helmet was fitted with high power  LEDs and Gesture Sensor. It understands the hand gesture of the cyclist and turns on right or left LED depending on the direction in which the cyclists wants to turn.

It was fun. See you next year!

HotPopRobot @ MakerFestival Toronto 2015

makerfestivalHotPopRobot will once again be participating at the Maker Festival Toronto, 1-2 August 2015. We will be demonstration a number of new creations, including “BubbleClock”, “Crazy Wheel”,  “Draw Bot”, “Gesture Sensing Helmet” and others.

In addition, we will be giving a talk on “Raising new generation of creators, not consumers”. Details here

From Home to Hydrogen: the Making of Z-Bot: @Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Toronto)

Presentation on Z-Bot at RASC Toronto Meeting.

Presentation on Z-Bot at RASC Toronto Meeting.

On 3rd June 2015, HotPopRobot gave a presentation on their Z-Bot to understand more about star temperature, age and composition. We talked about how we came across the idea, how we made it, and improvements we have made over time, and how we were able to detect the presence of Hydrogen in stars from our home. A live demonstration of Z-Bot was also given to the audience.