Sometime last year @budnitz introduced me to the wonderful fellows at @modrobotics. Eric and his team are doing some really interesting robotic "toys" for kids. Really fun engineering stuff. Their passion was infectious and I saw huge possibilities. And even better, they let me have free reign with my design. There were many engineering parameters that I smashed my face into while working on this project but it was always due to engineering limitations, not the creative whims of a company head. That is a HUGE difference. Trying to wrap your head around a design is always challenging, adding the element of interchangeable robotics was a total mindfuck. In fact, I'm pretty sure my work with them altered several design parameters of the overall project. It took months but they let me do my magic, I made shit up, and I pushed boundaries.
Today they posted an update and my "Huck Tank" is nearing completion. This thing can run anonymously, driving, bumping around the house, looking for a target, waiting for a clap of the hands to fire. See video. Or can be torn down and rebuilt into a completely different design. It's like legos for engineers. I fucking love em!