Maker Spotlight: Ultimate Robotics Team

Maker Spotlight: Ultimate Robotics Team

This maker spotlight was brought to us through Maker Faire Rome. You’ll be able to find them and many more creative and exciting makers at Maker Faire Rome: The European Edition on October 18-20. Get your tickets now ! who are you We are Ultimate Robotics team ! where are you located Kyiv, Ukraine what is your day job This is it – we create stuff! Mostly we work on commercial projects together, getting them from Upwork, but some of the clients find us directly. We use spare money from them to create our projects – but recently we’ve crowdfunded our first device, and we hope to gradually shift from commercial stuff to creating sustainable open hardware products. Recently we kind of had a new beginning, so now we feel balanced as a team and have been trying to implement new ways to work together, starting with a different way to discuss projects and manage tasks. We are implementing a new approach to work where we spent as little time as we can on management and support tasks and distribute them evenly between all of the team members, and spend most of our time on creating things. Almost all of us either gradually changed or left our previous day jobs, although that took time. In fact, Olha is having her last week at her day job and will be working on the projects with us – and she’ll also have more time for her own T-shirt design shop! what makerspace/hackerspace/fablab do you attend if any? We don’t – there aren’t many in Kyiv, and those that exist are mostly commercial or don’t have much of a community following. However, we’re planning to open our own space this fall! What kinds of stuff do you make? Many things! Lately we mostly did projects with biosignals, devices that measure ECG, EMG and EEG (and sometimes all three if you attach them correctly), and we’re trying to do more wearables now. We want to create open hardware products that are affordable and useful to people, but also appealing and user-friendly at the same time, something you can just plug and play without much soldering around. Generally, we’re interested in these areas: open medicine (biosignals, diagnostics) IoT and wearables (activity trackers, gesture recognition, AR/smart glasses) decentralized networks (LoRa, for example) augmentation tech (bionic prosthetics, implants) ecology (clean energy, plastics recycling) biotech (algae, hydroponics) and of course robotics! How did you get started making stuff? Since 2012, when we started with robotics (first project was a hexacopter for pizza delivery – before drones were cool :), we have been working on a lot of projects at the same time and really had problems with focus (as can be seen on the picture with our projects over time). This left us very frustrated, we weren’t able to finish anything properly, and around 2015 we really tried to start focusing more. We did commercial projects professionally to have more resources – this helped us learn skills […]

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