April 14, 2010

DIY Kabuto-Mushi Kit

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The Kabuto-Mushi (Rhinoceros Beetle) is a do-it-yourself kit that can attack other robots, small pets and dirty laundry when completed. It features an infrared remote with eight channels that control 4 motors, one for the claw position, and caterpillar traction. No soldering is needed and all parts are included.

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April 7, 2010

Hey, Shrinky Dinks! Hey, Robots!

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It's been a long time since we were kids and didn't realize that they were still making Shrinky Dinks, much less that the color and bake toys come as robots. The kit comes with 40 pre-cut shapes to make 3 different bots, 8 colored pencils, beads, barrettes and earring hoops so that your kids can let everyone know you are one cool mom/dad on your next outing.

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March 30, 2010

Niko, The Robot That Tweets

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When you have had your fill of tweeting your friends, you can actually tell a Lego Mindstorms robot what to do. This bot is controlled by a Nokia N900 phone and can move forward, turn around and take a photo. The images are then posted with Twitpic. If you would like to give it a shot, visit the robot via @N900Niko.

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March 29, 2010

Bots High Seeks Funding

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We recently received an email from Joey Daoud who is in the midst of creating Bots High, a documentary about the BattleBots competition. He has been following teams since August and is trying to raise some funds to film the championship in San Francisco. If you would like to help his cause, you can contact him via the link.

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March 26, 2010

GoRobotics Celebrates 10 Years

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GoRobotics is celebrating its 10 anniversary with a giveaway. We are certainly up for anyone who has been digging robots as much as we do for a decade. Head over to their site to find out how you can enter to win. Rules are not too difficult and winners are chosen randomly. The contest ends March 31.

(Congrat, William)

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March 25, 2010

RUM Suicide Bomber

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The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency may have been remembering Hitler's famous bunker or those hidden tunnels in the Middle East when they decided that a Robotic Underground Munition would be a handy thing to have around. A RUM hits the dirt, starts drilling and then blows itself up. The suicide bomberbot should also be able to communicate, avoid obstacles and have sensors so its can find its way. Contact the agency if you think you have the right stuff to create one.

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March 17, 2010

Slobots Travel to Tokyo Show

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Our bud Mike Slobot sent in several of his bots to this week's Kaiju Comrades 2 show in Tokyo. He used resin from a Japanese kokeshi doll and turned two Star Wars figures into the Abominable Slobot and Skyflyer V1. Way to go, dude!

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March 16, 2010

RRoDMan Built From Deceased Xbox 360

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After experiencing the sinister Red Ring of Death, Jasper Stevens took his own form of revenge and turned his Xbox 360 into a robot he named RRoDMan. No tape or glue was needed; the gamebot is held together by its wires. We find RRoDMan a bit sinister, too.

Via technabob

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March 12, 2010

Must Have: Hydrazoid Clap On

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Everyone appreciates a good Hydrazoid. Build your own with this kit from Elenco. It needs only basic tools to assemble and once done, reacts to sound impulses. Clap your hands and it will move forward for 15 seconds. LEDs and illuminated fiber optic antennas make it more than your average bot on the block. At a size of 7 x 6 x 5", don't forget 2 AA batteries (not included.)

Via Elenco Hydrazoid

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February 22, 2010

TIROL-CHOCO Robots Compete

Witness the 4th annual TIROL-CHOCO Robot Competition that pits bipedal robots made with candy boxes. The bots race on a 2m track, compete in chocolate target practice at paper cups and carry chocolate. And you thought bon bons were just for eating.

Via Biped Robot News

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