Monthly Archives: May 2017

Power of the mud

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Robotic artist Paul Granjon and bio-engineer Michka Melo are exploring the usability of microbial fuel cells for powering small robotic, sensing, interactive systems. Microbial fuel cells work by harnessing the electron-releasing capability of certain types of bacteria widely found in soil and mud. Paul and Michka have started working together on Microbial Fuel Cells in 2016.

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They will use sediment mud from Barry Island, Wales, to power a pair of small twitchy robots.

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The mud is rich in Shewanella bacteria, see above.

The original idea was to work on a pair of sloth-inspired minibots. We now think of a mud-powered simple cybernetic life-ish system… Watch this space.

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With support from FabCre8 @ Cardiff School of Art and Design

BBC Radio Wales: Children make robots

BBC Radio Wales Art Show came to interview children and staff on the last day of a 10 weeks project where we made sort of robots from old PCs and bits and BBC micro:bits

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The project was part of the Lead Creative Schools run by the Arts Council. Aimed at promoting a creative approach to teaching and life, the scheme allows a class to work with a creative practitioner for approximately 10 teaching days on a made to measure project. Check the scheme out, you can apply to take part in the next round if you are a school, teacher, or creative practitioner based in Wales.

Good vibes all along, ace dodgy robots, enthusiatic young makers, this was a fine adventure! Thanks to all involved.

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