Junkbot tripod maker needs firmware so he can send his steampunk pirate ship to Burning Man


14 Responses to “Junkbot tripod maker needs firmware so he can send his steampunk pirate ship to Burning Man”

  1. friendpuppy says:

    Good luck finding a volunteer. I’ll do it for 50.00 USD/hour.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m all for most things Burning Man. Good luck with it!

  3. nixiebunny says:

    That’s too bad about his engineer getting dollar signs in the eyes and shutting him down. This fellow’s getting a solid education in the need for open source stuff.

    I’d be happy to design a PC board for him, but someone else will have to do the software. Anyone interested?

  4. Beehphy says:

    Andy decided not to use the original hardware/software because of a difference of $1500. He would have grossed $27300 at the expected price.

  5. Anonymous says:

    All sales of tripods fund the pirate ship. There is no profit made by those who do the work except the joy of immersing yourself into an amazing project.

  6. franko says:

    oh, i’m sad to hear he’s having problems! i signed up to be notified about these back in june or july, and i haven’t heard any follow-up since. i guess this is why. i hope he gets the help he needs, because his Tripods are awesome (as is his pirate ship project!).

    • Anonymous says:

      The reason no new Tripods have been built since spring is because the crew was busy building the ship for Burning Man, which was in September. I have heard Andy is building more bodies now, but he’s chosen to reject the (actually quite reasonable) arrangement the designer offered with regard to lights. The sale of new Tripods will most likely be delayed by many more months now.

  7. Anonymous says:

    One of my pet peeves: why does everything have to be software based these days? The requirements (“color morphing” and “sound reactive”) could easily be implemented using classic hardwired electronics which in the eyes of engineering nerds like myself is 1,000x cooler than any software based solution.

    My kid brother & me made color changing/sound reactive light as a school project in about 1985 using half a dozen transistors, a couple of TTL IC’s and hand-painted flashlight bulbs (LEDs used to be way expensive….)

  8. LostMachine says:

    Here is a follow up Blog Post.


    With help from Boing Boing we were able to find someone to help us.
    I want to thank everyone for their response, the amount of support was overwhelming.

    Thank you,


  9. technogeek says:

    Uhm…. Sounds like he’s looking for electronics as well as firmware to run on it. You should probably clarify the item title.

  10. Halfelf says:

    I sent him an email offering to do the design work. I can do both the software and hardware parts. As long as I get recognition, and the design is released as open source (as well as the firmware), I think this is a great projects. And these things look terrific. Heck, it might actually motivate me to go to Burning Man one of these years. :)

  11. Xenu says:

    Steampunk… pirate ship? Somehow those two concepts don’t go together.

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