NewsDog: Brendan and Mark-5's Invention

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NewsDog: Brendan and Mark-5's Invention by leothemakerprince Dec 8, 2013


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From the book LEO the Maker Prince:
LEO's robot friend Mark-5 worked with Brendan, an inventor, to make the NewsDog prototype.


The newsdog_BOTTOM file forms the base, with an internal shelf to hold a thermal printer unit. It should be printed in white.

The newsdog_TOP file forms the main body, and fits snugly over the base. It should be printed in white.

The newsdog_ears_nose_tail file includes parts that snap into the main body to form the figure's ears, nose and tail. It's best printed in a color that contrasts the base and mail body, such as black.

The thermal ink printer that's inside the NewsDog can be found in the Adafruit catalog. Here's a kit that includes the printer, its power cord, and a roll of receipt paper: http://www.adafruit.com/products/600

To get it connected to the Internet, check out this tutorial: http://learn.adafruit.com/internet-of-things-printer/introduction

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Hi Leo,
I've been looking at the Adafruit tutorial and have set up an IOT printer with RPi, but what are you using to print such nicely formatted newsfeeds with graphics?

Hi Yammerton,

Alas, the book takes some creative license with images. As the story takes place in the near future, some of the elements pictured are composited. The graphics are not the ones produced by the thermal printer but created specifically for the photo shoot.

Good luck with your project. I'd love to see it when you are done.


Hi ya Leo,
I'm just wondering but is it possible I can download it from Tinkercad and 3DPrinterOS?
I just love the story "Leo the Maker Prince" by the way.

Hi! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the story. Thank you for sharing that!

I'll look into downloading from TinkerCAD. The files were created in Rhino, but the export is an stl file, so if TinkerCAD can accept that format as an upload it would be possible.

Hi Leo,
Does the printer powered by raspberry pi?
Any source code for the printer?
Or Any instrunctions?

Hi bonylu, We plan to offer instructions, but they won't be available for a while. We are using the Electric Imp for this: https://electricimp.com/

Here is information for using the imp with the thermal printer: http://hackaday.com/2014/01/25/electric-imp-thermal-printer/