This is what I love about Maker Faire, meet Alex McClung, creator of the autonomous Alexbot. A year 11 student Alex has built himself a self directing Autonomous robot and taught it to navigate through buildings, creating a point cloud from its surrounding.
Alex is the type of guy I want to meet, especially when I am looking for new hardware startup talent. When you are building things that haven’t been built before, then you want guys who have built stuff that hasn’t been built before and done it in their own time, on their own initiative.
I imagine looking at his project he is likely to be one of the first Australian Robotics RockStars.
When I asked him why, he reply, because it was fun. Alex is planning to do Mechatronics, I think the Universities will be competing to get him on board (or they should be).
He already has a gig helping promote Dick Smith with his Alexbot and their Unleash your Inner Dick Smith, no doubt we will see more of him in the future.
You can see more of his Alexbot and the build instructions and designs here