29 Jan '14, 9pm
Agnes the humanoid knitting robot will haunt your nightmares
Debuting at the Maker Faire UK, Agnes Roboknit fuses technology with the retro-inspired trend of knitting that has taken over across the globe. The somewhat creepy robot jerks back and forth as she knits each row, looking up from time to time to check how her work is coming along. To create Agnes (named for his grandmother), Noyes himself had to learn how to knit, in order to translate the logistics into mechanical movement. Opting for a circular loom instead of more difficult knitting needles, the robot moves and knits thanks to DC motors that move her joints, which are made from homemade gears.