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Dj Sures
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Who is DJ Sures?

Who is DJ Sures? Well, let's just say that he is not a musical Disc Jockey. His name happens to actually be DJ Sures and as the real-life Tony Stark, DJ's responsible for tens of thousands of robots in over 80 countries.

DJ Sures is a passionate Canadian Roboticist, CEO and Visionary. His career began as a software developer in robotics for non destructive testing. Eventually he found himself in network and cyber security, while continuing to work in parallel with robotics and AI research. Over time, his DIY robots and vision of making robots easy to program grew in popularity.

In 2012, DJ founded EZ-Robot Inc, where he led as CEO until its acquisition in 2019. He then founded Synthiam Inc. with a vision of connecting robot builders to technologies using a software platform that increases the number of global robots and decreases cost of development.

"Build a robot for yourself and have one.
Share what you know and have a million.
"

Young DJ Sures

Origin Story

The idea of Synthiam originated in August 2011 at DJ’s summer cabin while building a robot with his grandfather sitting nearby. His grandfather asked if DJ could teach him to build a robot… Knowing the many disciplines involved in robotics, he told his grandfather how challenging it is to build a robot. His wise old grandfather sat back in his chair under the bright Ishkibibble Beach sunlight of Northern Lake Superior and said "Well, you can build a robot for yourself and have one, or develop a product to help others and have a million".

DJ Sures founded the leading robot development platform, Synthiam.

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"Simplicity Inspires Creativity."

DJ Sures

Teaching Old Toys New Tricks!

These are robot companions personalized by our visionary founder, DJ Sures. In his spare time, he finds old toys and converts them into robot pals using Synthiam.

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DJ's 9Th Live Hack - Raspberry Pi + Dynamixel... Together For Ever!
DJ's 9Th Live Hack - Raspberry Pi + Dynamixel... Together For Ever!
This is a short live hack where I will demonstrate how to...1) Install EZ-Builder on Raspberry Pi2) Install EZBPi Server on Pi (converts Pi...
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DJ's Roboquad
DJ's Roboquad
The WowWee RoboQuad makes for a perfectly affordable unique robot platform, with the aid of EZ-Robot. Description: After adding support for...
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The Lattepanda Robot Hack
The Lattepanda Robot Hack
I'm hacking the lattepanda to control Robotis Dynamixel servos and use a USB camera for machine vision. This will be a fun hack because the...
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DJ's Revolution Snake
DJ's Revolution Snake
I dived into the box fresh injection molded parts from our manufacturer tonight and built this EZ-Robot Revolution Snake! It uses a SIN wave...
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DJ's Hasbro R2d2 Hacked With Iotiny
DJ's Hasbro R2d2 Hacked With Iotiny
This build was in two parts. The original build was hacked live at Comic Expo in Calgary Alberta with an EZ-B v3 in 2012. It was a fun hack,...
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ESP32 Connect To EZ-Builder
ESP32 Connect To EZ-Builder
I'll be programming the ESP32 Doit DevKit v1 with a firmware which turns it into an EZ-B for EZ-Builder to connect and control. We'll hook...
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Live Hack! Using Robot As Puppet To Control Another Robot
Live Hack! Using Robot As Puppet To Control Another Robot
In this hack, I'll be showing how to control a robot with another robot as a puppet.
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Live Hacking Microsoft Mixed Reality VR To Control A Robot
Live Hacking Microsoft Mixed Reality VR To Control A Robot
I'll be demonstrating how to control servos and see what the robot sees using a Microsoft Mixed Reality VR headset. However, this will also...
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DJ's 7Th Live Hack (Neopixel, Arduino, Raspberry Pi Ezbpi Server)
DJ's 7Th Live Hack (Neopixel, Arduino, Raspberry Pi Ezbpi Server)
Today's live hack, we'll play with the Arduino and see if we can get it to control NeoPixels by using the existing NeoPixel Blaster control....
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PWM Servo Position Feedback
PWM Servo Position Feedback
I'll be hacking a PWM Servo to have positional feedback for EZ-Builder using an EZ-B v4. You can also perform the same functionality with an...
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DJ's JD Humanoid Puppet
DJ's JD Humanoid Puppet
Credit for this robot idea goes to @Nink, who suggested it based on my PWM Servo Feedback behavior control.I wrote a quick script that reads...
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Dj's 5Th Live Hack Session
Dj's 5Th Live Hack Session
In this 5th live robot hacking event, I will demonstrate how to program an Arduino and connect it to EZ-Builder via USB and Bluetooth. I'll...
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Hacking Robotis Opencm 9.04 With Bioloid
Hacking Robotis Opencm 9.04 With Bioloid
I will be hacking the Robotis OpenCM 9.04 controller with EZ-Builder using a Bioloid. We'll install the Arduino OpenCM library and connect...
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DJ's Apple II Pi Hack (Part 2/2)
DJ's Apple II Pi Hack (Part 2/2)
In this hack, I'll continue the Apple II conversion to the Pi. I created an Arduino PCB that converts the Apple II keyboard and 16 pin...
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DJ's Apple II Pi Hack (Part 1/2)
DJ's Apple II Pi Hack (Part 1/2)
Remember my Apple II computer from a previous live hack event? Well, I'm going to add a Raspberry Pi to it's guts and use an Arduino to...
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DJ's 8Th Live (Not) Hack... We're Playing Games!
DJ's 8Th Live (Not) Hack... We're Playing Games!
I was sick with a massive head-cold and made it through without overdosing on NyQuil last week and skipped a live hack session. That means...
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DJ's 6Th Live Hack Event (Raspberry Pi & Neopixel With Arduino)
DJ's 6Th Live Hack Event (Raspberry Pi & Neopixel With Arduino)
In this 6th installment of DJ's Live Hack Events, we'll be installing EZ-Builder on a Raspberry Pi, install plugins and control a robot....
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DJ's 4Th Hack Event (Arduino, Bioloid, Lewansoul, And More)
DJ's 4Th Hack Event (Arduino, Bioloid, Lewansoul, And More)
In the last event, some people asked me to demonstrate how to use the LewanSoul Serial Servos. Also, we'll program the Robotis Bioloid with...
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DJ's Third Hack Night
DJ's Third Hack Night
We're going to play with EZ-Builder software, build Perry's robot eyes, make Dynamixel servo cables, demonstrate how to move dynamixel...
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DJ's First Live Robot Hack
DJ's First Live Robot Hack
In this archived video, he gives a tour of the facility and discovers Build-a-bear costumes fit the EZ-Robot JD Humanoid perfectly! The hack...
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DJ's How Do I Shovel My Snow?
DJ's How Do I Shovel My Snow?
With a robot, of course! What did you expect? :)This is a robot shell that I built with some students in the summer for a robot challenge....
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DJ's Machine Learning And Cognitive Services  Jd Humanoid Robot
DJ's Machine Learning And Cognitive Services Jd Humanoid Robot
We had been working on plugins for the Microsoft Cognitive Services, and I was testing them with the JD Humanoid. This EZ-Builder project...
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DJ's Drd 3D Printable Robot
DJ's Drd 3D Printable Robot
I wanted a robot that was super easy to 3D print and was least number of parts to make. This robot was inspired from the Farscape DRD...
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DJ's And Now For Something Completely Different (Pdp-8)
DJ's And Now For Something Completely Different (Pdp-8)
This isn’t robot related... although I used EZ-Builder to make the software vc8e emulator. Read on...I’ve always been a HUGE computer...
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DJ's Robot Blinds Control
DJ's Robot Blinds Control
Lazy much? Blind control to major tom... I can now control the blind/shades on my deck from my phone! With a little bit of hot glue, a...
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DJ's Autonomous "Robocar"
DJ's Autonomous "Robocar"
Here's a robot that I built last year to follow the lanes of a small test track. This was built 24 hours before attending Chris Anderson's...
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DJ's Adventurebot Chasing Red Ball
DJ's Adventurebot Chasing Red Ball
Have you ever found something so hipnotic that you can sit and watch it for hours? That's what happened to me after programming this...
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DJ's Roli Rover Robot Chasing Red Ball
DJ's Roli Rover Robot Chasing Red Ball
It seems that programming an EZ-Robot to chase a red ball is a popular exercise of mine. I've done it with this hexapod and an AdventureBot...
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DJ's Six Hexapod Robot Tracking Ball
DJ's Six Hexapod Robot Tracking Ball
This was a fun use of EZ-Builder to configure a Six Hexapod to track and chase a red ball. Earlier this evening, we had a group of teachers...
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DJ's Jd Humanoid Controlled By Microsoft Kinect
DJ's Jd Humanoid Controlled By Microsoft Kinect
Microsoft had sent me a Kinect a few years ago, and I embarrassingly finally got around to doing something with it. I created an EZ-Builder...
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DJ's The Real Wall-E
DJ's The Real Wall-E
It's been a very crazy past few weeks. I took a day off today. Yes! I admit it. I took a day off... And I built a robot :) Felt great to be...
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DJ's DJ's Omnibot 2000
DJ's DJ's Omnibot 2000
I just finished a short video with clips of building my Omnibot 2000, you can watch it here. This robot contains all of the great new...
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DJ's Ips (Indoor Positioning System)
DJ's Ips (Indoor Positioning System)
For quite a few years, i've been mentioning that I have been working on a positioning system for ez-robots. I guess it's time that i share...
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DJ's Apple Watch Robot Control
DJ's Apple Watch Robot Control
Not sure how many of you have seen this, but we added Apple Watch support to the EZ-Builder iOS app! For the longest time, no one knew what...
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DJ's I Taught Jd To Serve Snacks
DJ's I Taught Jd To Serve Snacks
Did you know I'm a huge fan of M&Ms? Only the peanut butter kind! There's an event tomorrow at google (BotLuck), and my JD will be...
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DJ's Imperial AT-AT Walker Robot - The Force Is With Me!
DJ's Imperial AT-AT Walker Robot - The Force Is With Me!
This year i made a decision to get back into building robots. So, I'll start with this! Kind of ironic, an Imperial AT-AT Walker that...
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DJ's Darth Vader Humanoid Robot
DJ's Darth Vader Humanoid Robot
I made this Darth Jader for an upcoming The Robot Program episode. Wanted to share the robot exclusively with the ez-robot forum before the...
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DJ's Omnibot TV Watching
DJ's Omnibot TV Watching
The latest version of the EZ-SDK and EZ-Builder contains an enhanced motion tracking update. The quality and edge detection algorythm has...
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DJ's Tomy Omnibot
DJ's Tomy Omnibot
This was probably the funnest robot I have created yet. It is a wicked platform with a lot of room to grow. I've been adding sensors and...
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DJ's Fisher Price "Chatter"
DJ's Fisher Price "Chatter"
This is the strangest robot that I've ever built...But i had to, can you blame me? :D
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DJ's Super Six Hexapod
DJ's Super Six Hexapod
You may have seen this video of a real large ez-robot hexapod...That is a robot i built over the summer at my cabin with a 3d printer for...
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DJ's Ez-B V4 Dalek
DJ's Ez-B V4 Dalek
I built a Dalek EZ-Robot tonight. Well, i upgraded my EZ-B v3 hack to the v4 and added a few more servos. One to control the nose plunger...
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DJ's Jd's Friday The 13Th
DJ's Jd's Friday The 13Th
Beware of the robots on Friday the 13th!Thanks for the face mask Justin :D
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DJ's Teddy Ruxpin Robot Version 1
DJ's Teddy Ruxpin Robot Version 1
I added a new robot today. It is a Teddy Ruxpin, if you remember him? He was a talking toy from the 1980's that used a tape player. His...
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DJ's Robot Head
DJ's Robot Head
I started on a little project for a humanoid-type platform. I have ideas for the body and such, but i'm starting with the head because i'm...
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DJ's At Home With Jd
DJ's At Home With Jd
I took the evening off to chill at home with JD for my first time :). I tweaked many of the existing motions to be more fluid and not as...
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DJ's Myo Gesture Tutorial
DJ's Myo Gesture Tutorial
The MYO is a creative controller for interacting with your ez-robot. Ituses gestures and an accelerometer to trigger actions, events and...
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DJ's Introducing Jd
DJ's Introducing Jd
JD finally gets a little introduction video...
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DJ's Jd Wants His Rubber Duck
DJ's Jd Wants His Rubber Duck
Should I give it to him? lol
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DJ's Mobile App Developer Tutorial
DJ's Mobile App Developer Tutorial
So, you've built your ez-robot and now you would like to make your own mobile app. Did you know EZ-Robot has a robot appstore? And that you...
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DJ's Detect Multiple Colors
DJ's Detect Multiple Colors
One of the features that makes ez-robot so special is the camera that can detect faces, objects, glyphs, qr codes and multiple colors. For...
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DJ's Wii Remote Controlled Robot
DJ's Wii Remote Controlled Robot
Recently, I've added a great deal of support to the Wiimote Control in EZ-Builder. This includes EZ-Scriptable buttons and a few other...
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DJ's Ez-Builder Overview
DJ's Ez-Builder Overview
The ultimate robot software EZ-Builder is leading the way for thenext generation of robotics. Here's a short video I put together to...
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DJ's Jd Connects To Nest Thermostat
DJ's Jd Connects To Nest Thermostat
I put this little tutorial and robot together to show how you can connect your JD to a Nest Thermostat. It's neat because you can be...
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DJ's Elastic Band Shooter
DJ's Elastic Band Shooter
In parallel with James' Elastic Band Turret build, we were building a robot today. I came up with a slightly different elastic band shooter...
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DJ's Hey Jd, Need A Lift?
DJ's Hey Jd, Need A Lift?
JD was a little lazy today...
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DJ's Taught Jd How To Somersault
DJ's Taught Jd How To Somersault
Don't try this at home! :D
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DJ's I Shall Call Him Norm
DJ's I Shall Call Him Norm
Norm is a very fitting name, no?
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DJ's So, I Taught Jd How To Play The Piano
DJ's So, I Taught Jd How To Play The Piano
This is just the first version... I think it'll be a good idea to put a robot band together after the holidays :)
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DJ's Six Hexapod Demo Dance
DJ's Six Hexapod Demo Dance
Playing with the Six Hexapod tonight... thought I would share this :)
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DJ's Funny 3 Legged Robot
DJ's Funny 3 Legged Robot
Some of the guys around the office were thinking of creative combinations today. I stumbled across their final "creation" this...
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DJ's How About A Dance-Off?
DJ's How About A Dance-Off?
Hey community, how would you feel about an ezrobot dance-off contest? Here is the STL file for the microphone:...
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DJ's Philo Junior Color Tracking Test
DJ's Philo Junior Color Tracking Test
Hey there! I was playing around with the Philo Junior. This example uses the camera option "Track By Relative Position", in case anyone...
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DJ's Revolution. The History Of
DJ's Revolution. The History Of
I created this thread in the Project Showcase because, well, it was once a project... and now it is a company. I'd like to tell you a little...
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DJ's Choose Your Ez-Robot!
DJ's Choose Your Ez-Robot!
I created a little video to summarize the current supported EZ-Robot Platforms - of course, this list will grow. Supporting existing...
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DJ's Multiple Robots With One Joystick
DJ's Multiple Robots With One Joystick
Demonstration how I controlled 6 robots with one joystick in my Pecha Kucha presentation. In this video, I use an Omnibot, Omnibot 2000,...
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DJ's Project: Scarab
DJ's Project: Scarab
I started a new project today... But I didn't get very far. I stopped right after I started because I decided to wait until next week to...
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DJ's Trs-80 Model 100 Controlled Wall-E
DJ's Trs-80 Model 100 Controlled Wall-E
Watch the video :) I think the title say it all!I hacked my 1983 Tandy TRS-80 Model 100 Portable "Computer" with a TTL Bluetooth Module to...
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DJ's Ez-Robot Takes The Secret Challenge Competition
DJ's Ez-Robot Takes The Secret Challenge Competition
EZ-Robot is sponsoring a team of awesome children to build a robot to compete in the Western Canadian Robot Games! We selected the hardest...
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DJ's Brookstone Rover
DJ's Brookstone Rover
DJ saw the potential of the Brookstone Rover right away. Adding support into his EZ-Builder software greatly enhances this product - from a...
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DJ's Irobot Roomba Hack
DJ's Irobot Roomba Hack
DJ modifies an iRobot Roomba to be wirelessly controlled with the EZ-B. He also adds a webcam and voice recognition! This is all done by...
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DJ's Tomy Omnibot V1
DJ's Tomy Omnibot V1
This was an exciting project that DJ Sures had been planning for weeks. He purchased the Tomy Omnibot off Ebay and started hacking it within...
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DJ's Cyborg Snowman
DJ's Cyborg Snowman
What do roboticists do when it snows? Click to find out :) Description: We had a big snowfall in Calgary Canada this weekend. What do...
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DJ's Master Blaster Robot
DJ's Master Blaster Robot
DJ Sures named this robot Master Blaster. Don't ask us why, he still doesn't know. But he's pretty simple and is remote controlled. He has...
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DJ's Teddy Ruxpin Robot V1
DJ's Teddy Ruxpin Robot V1
DJ Sures built this Teddy Ruxpin Robot from a toy that he purchased off Ebay. The toy was broken, so he didn't feel bad taking it apart (or...
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DJ's Scarab Creepy Robot
DJ's Scarab Creepy Robot
Some people say this is creepy... Others think he's cute. You be the judge :) This was a remote control toy called the Scarab. DJ has...
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DJ's Dalek
DJ's Dalek
Are you familiar with Doctor Who? The longest running Sci-Fi TV show from Britain! Some would argue who is the Doctor's worst enemy... Is it...
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DJ's Robot Dog Chases Ball
DJ's Robot Dog Chases Ball
Are you allergic to dogs? Well DJ Sures is! So what's the next best thing? That's right, a robot dog that chases red balls. Description:...
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DJ's Omnibot 2000
DJ's Omnibot 2000
Standing 26 inches tall, the Omnibot 2000 was the latest from Tomy in their series of Omnibots. DJ got hold of a damaged one off eBay and...
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DJ's Voice Recognition Robot
DJ's Voice Recognition Robot
Re-using the Cookie Monster shell to show off the EZ-B's Voice Recognition ability. This robot will respond to voice commands. Description:...
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DJ's Tamiya Bulldozer Robot
DJ's Tamiya Bulldozer Robot
This is a tutorial on how to modify the Tamiya Bulldozer to be driven by modified servos rather than the DC motorset. The software...
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DJ's The Real Wall-E
DJ's The Real Wall-E
DJ Sures has made a few Wall-E mods in the past, but this one is sure to be unique! DJ added a camera and a vertical servo to Wall-E's head....
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DJ's Vision Tracking Robot
DJ's Vision Tracking Robot
This is a test robot DJ Sures created to trial a new module that he has been working on. It tracks and follows objects by their color. This...
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DJ's Cookie Monster Robot
DJ's Cookie Monster Robot
A few years ago DJ Sures had built a Cookie Monster robot that ran on its own with 2D autonomous programming. Today DJ had removed the old...
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DJ's Spider Robot
DJ's Spider Robot
This robot uses two DC motors instead of modified servos. The ADC Distance Sensor detects objects and the autonomous mode has many random...
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DJ's Robophilo
DJ's Robophilo
The RoboPhilo Junior is a fantastic and affordable Humanoid Platform for the EZ-Robot Complete Kit. Description: The RoboPhilo Junior is a...
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DJ's AR Drone Parrot
DJ's AR Drone Parrot
DJ connects the AR Drone Parrot to EZ-Builder and has it chase a red ball around the room. This adds many great new features to your already...
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DJ's Snow Shovel Robot
DJ's Snow Shovel Robot
DJ Sures builds a robot that he equips with a shovel. The robot shovels outside in the cold, while DJ stays warm inside. Description: DJ...
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DJ's Robot Head
DJ's Robot Head
With an animatronic robot head, DJ created a new feature for EZ-Builder. This robot was used as a platform for the Relative Servo Tracking...