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a drawing machine that loves light by Dustyn Roberts and Ben Leduc Mills

This interactive drawing machine was originally developed for the Eyebeam window gallery in New York City. Solar cells are used to power the robot and to affect its behaviour. It uses two solar panels to power two stepper motors which allow the control of a pen in two dimensions. SADbot also takes input from visitors by using a set of sensors that visitors can cover with their hands to change the drawing direction of the pen.

Dustyn Roberts started her career at Honeybee Robotics as an engineer on the Sample Manipulation System project for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, scheduled for launch in late 2011. In 2006 she founded Dustyn Robots and continues consult on projects ranging from the biomechanics of product design to guided parachute systems. In 2007, she developed a course for NYU's ITP called Mechanisms and Things That Move that led to writing a book called Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists, published in November 2010. Dustyn holds a BS in mechanical and biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in biomechanics & movement science from the University of Delaware, and is a PhD candidate and research fellow in mechanical engineering at NYU-Poly. Media coverage of her work has appeared in Time Out New York, IEEE Spectrum, and other local organizations. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, Lorena, and cat, Simba.

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