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January! Wow thee Chanuary (change + January) has come and gone!
How’s that resolution coming along? Did you lose that extra 10 lbs yet? 😉
Did you know that most people (92%) don’t stick to their New Years Resolutions. That means that just 8% of you are still plugging away and making progress on whatever you set out to do this year.
Why am I telling you this? Because now’s the time to buckle down and hit those goals. Ready to finally build a robot?
Not really? Are you sure? I have the best robotics classes in town. I know it, you know it, everybody knows it. The courses have been well received over the past couple months. All it takes is a commitment on your part to take the lessons, complete the projects, and earn your certificate. I’m also here to help you out!
I launched Learn Robotics for two reasons: 1) so I can blather about robotics as much as I want and 2) [the real reason] so I can help people learn robotics. Pretty clever, right?!
So, let’s talk about what’s been going on this month. We’ve hit a lot of milestones, and look forward to building more robots and introducing more people around the world to our community!
Improved Graphics & Videos
One of the biggest things I’m working on improving now is image quality. And, I’m doing my best to capture these images myself.
We’ve had the new website for about two months now, and let me say, I’m finally happy with how it looks. You might have noticed our beautiful new homepage. I’m pretty proud of that photo (thank you iPhone XR).
And while I don’t want to get on a tangent about how the new iPhone XR is a baller, it really is. I had been taking photos with my iPhone 6S previously, and I’ve noticed a MEGA improvement in the image and video quality. (I hope you’re enjoying the upgrade, too!)
You can expect more high-quality videos and images over the next few weeks! I’m always trying to make this content more interactive and fun to learn.
Our Community is Growing!
Anywho, January was a pretty awesome month for us. We finally hit 10,000 unique visitors from over 140 countries.
There are only 195 countries in the world, by the way, so this is a really awesome achievement. Hello friends from Mayotte, Albania, Madagascar, and Latvia!
Being a US-based company, it’s awesome seeing where you guys and gals are from and learning more about your cultures.
We’re slowly building up the Learn Robotics community, and I’m excited to keep growing and improving your online experience!
If you have any suggestions or recommendations, send me a DM on Instagram. Let me know what you’d like to see.
And, if this is your first article on the Learn Robotics blog, Welcome! I’m glad you’ve stopped by. You’re probably looking for robotics tutorials and projects, so here are our 5 most popular articles as of January 2019.
- Home Automation using Arduino and Wifi
- Face Tracking using OpenCV and Arduino
- 7 Alternatives to Lego Mindstorms
- Arduino Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Tutorial
- How to Configure Node-RED and Wemos D1 Mini
We also have a growing library of online robotics courses. They’re designed for 24-7/365 access from anywhere! You can check those out here.
A Global Robotics Competition is in the Works
Here ye, here ye!
A Global (Online) Robotics Competition is about to commence in Spring 2019…
I’ve had a surge of DM’s, emails, and messages about hosting Robotics Competitions online.
The plan is to create a competition around the Mini Wi-Fi Robot eBook, and go from there. This project is still in the early stages, but I suspect we’ll have something cool to share with you next month!
Tell all your friends about our upcoming global competition. You can preorder your pass, and start working on your robots. Official rules will be out soon!
Thanks again for all of your support, and if you’re half as excited for everything we have in store as I am, share this article on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever your favorite online hangout is.