August 17, 2009

Indonesian Students Break Bot Assembly Record


Last Saturday, Indonesia celebrated its Independence Day by breaking a robot-assembling record. While that country is not noted for its robotics, 550 primary school students of the Penabur Christian Educational Foundation (the BPK Penabur) met at Ciputra Mall to do just that. In order to qualify, each robot had to run on "s"-shaped tracks. We wonder if they celebrated with pizza and root beer after the event.

Via The Jakarta Post

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August 12, 2009

Enter X Prize Moonbots Challenge


Get serious with your Lego Mindstorms and enter the Google Lunar X PRIZE Challenge dubbed MoonBots. Both adults and kids (with a leader 18 or older) can form teams of 6 to design, program and construct bots that can perform simulated lunar missions. The purpose of the contest is to inspire and develop the "builders of tomorrow." There is no charge to enter and more details will become available in the near future.

Via MoonBots

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August 7, 2009

Drunken Robots Party On

Since he figured he was too old and big to get away with it, Steve Hoefer decided to make Drunken Robots that could do it for him. Each is 3/4' tall and made of a pager motor, a watch battery and some tin. Check out his plans on Instructables if you would like your own drunken robot party.

Via Steve Hoefer

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August 5, 2009

Kondo + iPhone = Robochan

When you have all the basics of your iPhone down, why not turn it into a robot? After creating an app, "ogutti's" Robochan is a combination of a Kondo KHR-2HV humanoid and an iPhone 3GS head. He can be programmed to dance or to make other moves. While we find his demeanor enchanting, we are not sure about the leek-spinning dance music used in the demo.

Via Pink Tentacle

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July 29, 2009

Build Your Own Paper Robots


Can't afford the real thing in plastic or metal? The book "Build Your Own Paper Robots" by Julius Perdana and Josh Buczynski contains 14 models to design, print and build out of paper. The accompanying CD has ready-to-print templates and enough patterns and colors to make your own horde of at least 250 variants. You can pre-order now for an August 18 delivery.


To keep the kidlets away from your project, there is a "Create Your Own Robot: Sticker Activity Book" for them as well. It comes with 38 pieces to mix and match.

Via DIY Robot Books

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July 24, 2009

Must Have: DIY Ollo Makes 12 Different Bots


Ollo is a DIY kit for beginners. With easy to use plates and rivets, there are instructions to help you build 12 different types of robots. Best of all, no cutting or soldering is involved in the process. Once you build one and feed it a battery, it will move forward, backwards and pick up random objects. When you get bored with your creation, take it apart and simply build another.

Via Trossen

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July 23, 2009

Send RoboMail to Protect and Amuse

Gagatree has 3 mailable robots to send to someone who shares your passion and presumably likes to build with paper. Available in Red Guard, Art Skin and Fabric Dolly, they also have larger versions available for holding CDs. Look for some of them now on the site with others to follow this month.

Via Gagatree

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July 21, 2009

DIY Piperoid Paper Robots


We don't know how Piperoid came up with the ideas for their robotic character kits, we only know that we think they would be a great idea for kids learning to use scissors with no glue needed. Choose between Rob and Skip, Penk and Goriborg, and Guyzer and Bean or any of the other amicable creatures by the company.

Via Piperoid

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July 13, 2009

RobotShop - Lots of Bots


RobotShop is a resourceful site for almost everything robotic. They feature personal and professional bots, kits and development platforms, toys, vacuums, security and surveillance devices and parts for all of the above. The company provides international service and shipping as well as extensive customer service. And btw, we really dig their mascot.

Via RobotShop

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July 9, 2009

DIY Loopin Creatures

Elena Corchero got together with textile electronics developer ZippyKit to help teach your kids some elementary robotics. Loopins come in kits that can be developed in two configurations. Made of precut felt, LED, batteries and battery holder, when completed, a Loopin's eyes will light up when its ears are touched together or makes contact with another of its kind. Available from the online shop Lost Values in different colors for £12.00 ($19.80) each, get several and you can have your own robotic hen party.

Via Lost Values

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