For one of the first projects using the Intel Galileo, Intel approached YesYesNo to come up with something that would showcase their new microprocessor board and help establish themselves within the Maker community. YesYesNo responded with the YesYesBot, a candy-dispensing, remote-control retro robot, that made its début at the MakerFaire Rome last month.

YesYesBotYesYesNo founder Zach Lieberman and collaborator Molmol Kuo talk to us about the project in the video below and the creators project website features a supposed “step-by-step guide to building your own”.

However, it is more of a brief outline of the creation, and not an actual detailed instruct-able on how to build the YYB. Lieberman promises the code and the schematics will be uploaded to the internet for everyone to use, but as of yet we can’t find anything relating to the open-source material anywhere!

Taking influence from Elektro of the worlds faire 1939 and Japanese robots of the 80′s, the YYB has a definite retro vibe about it, and moves around on little wheels attached to the base.

YesYesBot MaterialsThe robot exterior is made out of lightweight materials such as cardboard, plastic and foam which was either laser-cut or 3D printed to give an exact look outer shell. The fact that it is held together by glue and duct-tape is well hidden on the inside!

Other objects were also recycled, like a water bottle and cassette player, that were incorporated into the overall look and feel of the design.

The robot is packed full of sensors, motors, and LED’s that look to be controlled by an Ardumoto shield connected to an Arduino UNO.

GalileoThere are 3 x 12V batteries powering the motor controls, but as some of the components require only 5V we assume the wiring is adapted to combat this.

Communicating with YYB is where the Galileo comes in, acting as a server to run a Linux stack and the Arduino. The YesYesNo team then designed an interface that uses web sockets, so they could easily communicate with the robot via the server from a mobile phone.


Using the mobile phone remote control the robot was able to travel around the Maker Faire distributing, through its servo motor powered dispenser, candy to the children. As the saying goes “the children are our future”, so making something fun and enticing to children is a great way to get them involved in the Maker and open-source movement.

Although it is fun, simple and open-source, we can’t help wondering if there may have been a better way to involve and showcase the Galileo into this project other that just using it as a server, but then again maybe that is exactly what Intel wanted, a way to inspire makers with the diversity of the platform.

Source: the creators project