April 23, 2009

Casmobot Controlled by Wii Remote

A new robot lawnmower has been created, this one cleverly managed by a modified Wiimote. Part of the Plant Robotics Project, The Casmobot (Computer Assisted Slope Mowing Robot) was created by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark. Robotics are built into the mover and it is controlled via Bluetooth to a computer. The mower can move forward when the controller is tilted down and backwards when tilted up. It can work manually or by computer with autonomous navigation based on RTK positioning.

Via Telegraph

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April 17, 2009

Interview with Don and Alexis of Bots 4 Tots


As promised, we provided some questions to the Bots for Tots program. The interview was recorded by founders Don Thacker and Alexis Nordling to give you all the details. It's a little lengthy, but is important because you really want to know who is going to teach you the finer points of soldering, don't you? The pair gives all the information you will need and gives a call out to help name their mascotbot, (although we think they should show the little bugger.) The workshops are free and the B4T project could always use donations.

Via Bots 4 Tots Interview

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April 13, 2009

Frightened Grasshopper Robot Kit


This mini-insect kit runs on solar power. The Frightened Grasshopper may sound like something out of a bad David Carradine TV show, but can in fact perform either in direct sunlight or any light bulb that is not fluorescent. At about 2", your kids make it for a science fair project and you can use it to freak out the cat. The kit comes with a PV cell A motor, solar power panel and everything else to keep it hopping.

Via Frightened Grasshopper

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April 10, 2009

Bots 4 Tots Helps Chicago Kids


If there was ever a worthwhile program for children in these economic hard times, it has to be Bots 4 Tots in Chicago. They accept donations to bring robotics to kids who otherwise would not have contact with them. Partially sponsored by Robot City Workshop, for every $25.00, a 10 - 15 year old receives a non-soldering DIY Jungle Robot kit that she/he will build at the workshop. Tools and assistance from founders Don and Alexis is also provided and there will be no more than five at a time for the utmost attention.

After May 31, kids (or parents for them) can apply to take part in a B4T workshop or sign up to keep in touch with what is going on there. Please visit their site and donate what you can. And stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Alexis and Don next week.

Via Bots 4 Tots

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April 7, 2009

Robot Duck Will Drive You Quackers


If it waddles and sort of looks like and sounds like one, then it must be a Robot Duck. We found one, but unfortunately its feathers have been replaced with robotic parts. It comes with motor and a small part that requires assembling and needs to eat 2 AAA batteries (not included) to waddle on down the road. When completed, the ducky project is about 4". Get two and you can add a Robot Goose when someone clever enough devises one.

Via Robot Duck

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April 3, 2009

Tiny Mr. Cube R-16


Mikey77 claims that one of his greatest challenges is seeing how small a robot he can build. The main difficulty is that the mechanical system and batteries take up most of the volume. Mr. Cube R-16, a 2 cubic inch micro-sumo, is the result. It can move and explore a small box and can react to its environment with a bumper switch. Mikey has kindly left directions if you would like to create your own version.

Via Instructables

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April 1, 2009

Jaimie Mantzel Makes the News


Our bud Jaimie Mantzel seems to be getting some notice on that mountain in Vermont. A local television station went out to visit him and we thought we would share links to the 2-part broadcast. Good job, Giant Robot builder.

Via Jamie Interview, Part 1 and Part 2

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March 27, 2009

Must Have: Special Edition Black Lego Mindstorms NXT

Never doubt the talents of someone who can combine a Mindstorms NXT, a Bionicle, a Technic set and a few Lego bricks added into the mix. Should it show up in our neighborhood, we will be on the first train out.

Speaking of Mindstorms, Lego is celebrating their 10th anniversary of the micro-controllers with a Special Edition in black. If you get in on the action, you will have access to other materials such as a special program for the NXT, a personal certificate of ownership, wallpapers and building instructions for special models. This certainly qualifies it as our Must Have this week.

Via Bionicle Robot Head

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March 24, 2009

Watch Out for mechGorilla!


Rong Yiren plays with Legos and has made some awsomely creative spyBots, mecha/droids, medBots and polarBots, but it is this mechGorilla that caught our attention. We expect it will protect until a mechKing Kong comes along.

Via Rong Yiren

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March 23, 2009

i-Toad Disguises Roomba


Why have just an ordinary Roomba when you can make yourself an iToad? The cover consists of felted wool with glass eyes attached and its elbows are sensors. The description claims, " Works independently, requiring no supervision or instructions." There is not much to say about the creation after you see the video of the horned toad except that somebody has way too much time on his/her hands.

Via i-Toad

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