Meet Ray Rumore, creator of Volt the Robot
GHMMF: Tell me what your project is about?
RR: I have been working on all sorts of robots the past few years – I will be bringing a few of them to the Faire. Volt is a companion robot I built with my dad over the past two years. His base is from a motorized golf caddy. His torso is from an industrial arm we found on Ebay.
His neck, arms and brain are from a Meccanoid. The rest of his parts are from miscellaneous computer hardware and pieces from model kits, binoculars, and Chappie ears. He was inspired from several movie robots including Johnny 5 and Chappie. This is the third version of Volt (He is a “work-in-Progress”) — he has undergone several major revisions.
GHMMF: What inspired you to start working on your project?
RR: In one of the Star Wars movies, Anakin builds C-3PO. I think that’s when I first got the idea to build my own “companion robot.”
GHMMF: What do you hope to do with your project in the future?
RR: Currently, Volt is mostly an entertainment robot, but that is going to change. We will be adding a DYLO to control his servos and will be “leveling up” his interactivity by incorporating Cubic.ai. Eventually, we would like for him to be bipedal as well.
GHMMF: What inspired you to start making?
My parents always encouraged me to make things – to do more than just play with things. They told me to try to add something to what is already there. Customize whenever possible, and play creatively.
GHMMF: What do you think is the biggest misconception about makers?
RR: That it’s hard to “be a Maker”, that you need some official proclamation declaring you as one. I brought a 3D printer to my first Maker Faire to show that ANYONE can be a Maker. Maker Faires are great because they really allow people to come to realize that about themselves.
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