September 24, 2009

CraftHouse Robotic Hands

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The company that created the Blaser robot laser tag system is back. This time, CraftHouse has released a set of humanoid robot hands, designed for use with the Kondo KHR series based robots, but adaptable for others. Both have 4 fingers and opposing thumb for grabbing and a pair will set you back ¥60,000 (~$630.00,) although their site claims that the first lot has been sold out.

Via Rakuten (translated)

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September 21, 2009

Thingamaplush Cuddly Bot

Jeff-o decided to make a plush robot for his 2 year old daughter using a Bleep Labs' Thingamakit and Thingamagoop synthesizer noise maker. His instructions show you how you can do likewise in 11 steps. Pretty cute, but we are not sure that Thingamaplush would be the safest toy for a toddler.

Via Instructables

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September 17, 2009

Make Your Kondo a Slave

"rodman LT" decided to build a master slave upper body suit with three joints and many potentiometers, armbands and tethers to control his Kondo KHR-1HV. He claims that with a bit more inspiration he may continue on to the lower body as well.

Via Robot Savvy

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September 8, 2009

Compete With Robini-i

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Robini-i can compete in robogames as well as connect to an online community. Programmable by software and a USB attachment, it has 16 sensors and 4 processors and can react to stimuli and other robots. It comes bundled with some games, but you can download others then program and edit it with some serious attitudes. Robonica's starter kit will be available by the end of the month for $250.00.

Via Robonica

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iBOTZ Teach How and Why

Elenco's iBOTZ kits teach kids aged 8 and older not only how to put them together but how they work. No soldering is needed and they only take about an hour to build. Choose between Soundtracker at $31.95, Antoid with a price of $59.95, Hydrazoid with an MSRP of $43.95 and the deluxe Tribotz at $65.95.

Via Trossen

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September 2, 2009

Smart Robot Kit

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This may just look like a simple dome, but it is actually a "Smart Robot" that will change direction when it hits an obstacle. The kit requires a AA battery (not included) and contains everything you need to assemble your Smart Robot. Recommended for kids over the age of 8, get two and you can spend a few idle hours watching them avoid each other.

Via Smart Robot Kit

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September 1, 2009

Green Robot Project - Get Paid to Create

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Suppose you and your robotic group are between robo sessions and want to help pay for expenses. The Green Robot Project aims to do just that. Groups build robots and design a landscape, aka lab. After being built, users on the Interweb pick one out and run it on her/his computer. They pay per minute and you earn some extra cash. It costs nothing to be a part of the creative side of the project and if you feel that you might like to join up, you can fill out an application on the Global Green Lab site.

Via Global Green Labs

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August 21, 2009

Guardian Robot Tweets

Ken Lim obviously loves to tweet but just didn't have all the time for it he wanted. So he built the Guardian Robot for the chore. When the bot gets a positive tweet, he raises his head and arm and holds it until he gets a high five (hitting a switch.) A negative tweet results in a head lowering. Give it a hug and it forwards a reply. GR cost Ken about £60 (~$99.00) and you can follow him on his Twitter account. Send him a "#high five" or "#ineedahug" if you don't feel too foolish.

Via Guardian

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August 20, 2009

Build-a-Robot Online Game

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We know that we have too much time on our hands, but we found a clever little game that allows you to build your own robot, online at least. Using your mouse, you can customize until you are happy with your creation and can then share on Newgrounds.com. As simple as the game is, put the eyes on last as they follow you around the screen like those nasty puppies pictures.

Via Build-a-Robot

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August 18, 2009

Jin Sato Creates Inexpensive DIY Kit

Jin Sato, JS-Robotics' founder, was asked to develop a robot kit by educators for those who could not afford much or had limited resources. He came up with one that can be programmed without a computer. It runs on an inexpensive cell phone vibrator, has tooth brush heads instead of wheels and programming that allows it to sense pencil marks on a page. It can follow a line and play robot sumo, among other capabilities.

Via JS-Robotics

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