March 19, 2009

Forknife 2, Armed to the Teeth

Surveyor Corp. recently released an open-source Google Android app to operate its Blackfin-based robots. They used several bots to demonstrate its flexibility, including a SRV-1 Blackfin, a YARB Robotic Blimp and the clever Forknife 2 that can cut up your cupcake if it really needs to be segmented.


The basic SRV-1 Kit (pictured here) is available at Trossen while the Console app is free on a Google code page. Check the link to see more details and images.

Via Surveyor

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March 18, 2009

EyeTable Aids You Through Your Date


The EyeTable won Honorable Mention in the 2nd annual Smiley Award (named for Professor Scott Fahlman who created :), the smiley emoticon,) presented by Yahoo for innovation at Carnegie Mellon University. Undergraduates Ilya Brin, Dan Eisenberg and Kevin Li came up with the clever furniture that analyzes how people respond to each other during dates. The technology uses headsets and Wii controller technology to study gestures and speech patterns.

Grafitter took the top award, $500.00 and a crystal trophy, for technology that allows you to collect personal information such as word usage, tags, and Grafitter-formatted tweets, and show it in graph form on Twitter. Designed by Ian Li, this is what came up when we entered our twitter name, "robot news." We don't need a graph to tell us what we are most focused on. You can head to the site if you would like to play with the demo.

Via Carnegie Mellon News

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March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Hic!

Look who we found all dressed up and ready for St. Paddy's Day! Enjoy the festivities but don't indulge in too much green beer!

(Thanks, Jamie)

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March 16, 2009

Coppa - Simple, Yet Oddly Capable

Coppa is your basic robot controlled by eee class laptops via USB and runs on a 12V rechargeable NiMH battery. Available from RoBe:Do are this and other programmable bots, as well as accessories such as webcams, light sensors and gripping arms to add to your project. The Coppa is 13 x 15 x 12", weighs 10 lbs., is available for $1,649.00 and comes with desktop stand, battery and charger (computer not included.) That's quite an investment, but if it literally delivers, we are all for it.

Via RoBe: Do

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March 11, 2009

Wu Yulu's Bumpy Ride


Wu Yulu is a repairman who lives in a small village outside Beijing and loves making robots. It seems that not only are they gaining notoriety, but they are selling as well. The repairman frequently displays his creations to the delight of the neighborhood, but not his wife who has finally given up trying to persuade him to quit. He names them Wu and a number because he says, "They are all my sons, so they must bear my surname." He is shown here with Wu #32.

Via Robot World News

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March 10, 2009

Alex Fojtik's Menacing Spectrum


If robots ever go to war, we want Alex Fojtik on our side. His latest Lego creation is this Prismatic Shadow that comes equipped with camouflage plating and a defraction rifle. With 16 points of articulation, many of them ball joints, Spectrum not only looks scary, we figure we could use him to watch over lesser bots that have no defense. Take a peek at Alex's other projects from our link.

Via Alex Fojtik MOC Page

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March 9, 2009

Enter the Steampunk Cylon Contest


You dig Battlestar Galactica and your favorite character is the Cylon. You dig Steampunk and think your design is frakkin' better than theirs. This qualifies you to enter DVICE's Steampunk Cylon contest. Send them an image or picture of a model and they will select a winner before BG's season finale. The winner will be announced March 20.


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R2D2 Goes to MegaCon 2009


Our bud, Jim Quinlan, just got back from MegaCon 2009 that ran through March 1, and has pronounced it and his R2D2 successes. He did note that some of the lights weren't working on Robby and the ears on B9 stopped, but we figure it is amazing that he even builds them.


You can see about a gazillion shots from the event on his website as well as some of R5-PQ, a droid built by Jim's friend Brad in honor of his son Paul. What a wonderful thing it would be if we all had someone build a bot in our honor when we leave our physical forms.

Via Florida Robot

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March 5, 2009

Simple Robot Kit


With all the advanced bots out there, we were pleased to find a simple kit that can make some retro ones, including two humanoids that can pull sentry duty, a truck and a spider. The kit comes with a circuit board, lights, battery holder and connector, buzzer, and 32 page guide. You (or your kids) provide the energy and batteries. Recommended for ages 9 - 12.

Via The Robot Kit

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March 3, 2009

Enter Your Service Bot in the Next Roboexotica


We weren't sure this was legit, but after a thorough search of the site, it would appear that Roboexotica exists. This is a contest/event for bots that can serve or mix cocktails, converse with human customers, somehow relate to the smoking culture, or have "other achievements in the sector of cocktail culture." Check out their site and feel free to apply for one of their many prizes. The next one is to be held in San Francisco although we couldn't find a specific date.

Via Roboexotica

As a footnote, our bud Jamie Price tells us that he has updated Bar2D2 and it can now mix drinks with an automatic mixer and Lazy Drinker Software. He says he may make it to one of the Roboexoticas. Hopefully, he will bring us back some pics.

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