Meet Michael Leon Overstreet, a computer programmer by day and a robot lover and hobbyist by night. He is the founder of I, Bioloid (http://mike-ibioloid.blogspot.kr/) a blog which covers a wide variety of robotics and 3D printing.
Mike’s love for robotics first started with Lego, like most robot lovers, when he was in college but never really peeked until he came across a ROBOT magazine (aka Botmag) article by the late Lem Fugitt on humanoid robot hobby in Japan 2006. Even though a kit was a pricey, $1,000 dollars back then, it did not stop him from getting his hands on his first ever robot kit, the Hitec Robonova. It won numerous awards, until it was one day stolen from his car. From this, we can tell robots were popular enough to steal and risk going behind bars for some! Anyways, Mike was feeling dishearten and discouraged after this incident, not so long afterwards, he was introduced to the Bioloid Premium by his friends. It was more reconfigurable, more technical and most of all more challenging than any kit he had used before. What good is it without any challenge! Endless nights of study and research soon followed and brought him to a totally different level of robotics. He started 3D printing parts, participating in international competitions and renowned conference level competitions.
One of the main reasons why he loves robots and participating in competition is because it gives him the opportunity to meet with other roboticist around the globe who have the same passion as he does. He eventually met Lem Fugitt at RoboGames and remembers him as a great mentor and friend.
Meet his kids and also his robots, Happy, Boomer, and Robby. They all have 3D printed brackets.
Boomer was his first robot, then Robby, and last but not least, Happy. He used 3D printers from many different countries using different types of plastics and filaments to recreate their parts. Other than participating in competitions, Mike made time to offer free robotics classes to children in the summer of 2016 to generate more interest and to give them an idea of what it really is. Some people still think robotics is “hard.” So this was a great chance to show people that anyone can do robotics. He plans to offer these free classes again this year.
Here’s what Michael Overstreet wants to say to fellow roboticist : “Follow your passion and do what you love and enjoy. Challenge yourself to learn new skills and technics, and don’t be afraid to learn how to use new tools. I hope to see and talk to all of the robotic hobbyist and roboticist who are reading this post in the near future at the next robot competition or Maker Faire. So we can share ideas and thoughts on this cool passion of yours.”