February 27, 2009

Must Have: OWI RocKit Robot Kit

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OWI has been making kits for a while now, so good that they win awards. If your kids (or you) are getting started in robotics, try the RocKit Robot, our Must Have this week. The kit comes with a pre-soldered electronic circuit board, motor, 3 wheels and plastic body parts. When completed, its built-in sensor reacts to sound, vibration or physical contact. The 4 1/2 x 5 x 3 1/2" bot moves forward until it hears a high-pitched sound or a clap. Think of it as a Clap-on on steroids. You will need some basic hand tools and 2 AA batteries to build the RocKit.

Via RocKit Robot

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February 26, 2009

Skynet Seeks Next Humanitarian Bot

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Skynet Research has one goal, to help humans by researching the latest in robotics. Their efforts include a SR-bot, an aquatic workbot and an autonomous mass transit bot. They are now on the lookout for the next robot that will help humanity. If you think that is the one you created, submit your sketch, photo or video on their site. Not only will they showcase it, you might be the one to have your design chosen and built. We are not sure how this robotic bird entry could help the planet, but at the very least there will be no droppings on your car.

Via Skynet Research

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February 21, 2009

Robot Snob Attacks Twitter

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Here's a bright idea (hehe.) If you just can't get enough of Robot Snob, you can now follow us on Twitter. Go to robotnews and we will be there. In fact, we are there now. Are you?

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February 19, 2009

DIY Munny Speakers

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"fungus amungus" created these clever 7" Munny Doll Speakers. We think they would make a fine addition to any sound system that would rather have their accessories more humanoid. He has kindly given details on Instructables in case you would like to build your own.

Via Instructables

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February 17, 2009

Hitec Humanoid Robot Stand

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Since you have already invested a bundle in making your Robonova, maybe you should find it a safe haven to keep it from evildoers and rampant laser cats while you work on him. We found this adjustable Hitec Stand that will keep them safe for a mere $24.95. Not only is your bot protected, he can move around while on the stand if he gets too stiff.

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Incidentally, the stand also works with Bioloids.

Via Trossen

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February 16, 2009

Jamie Price Is a Winner! (We already knew that.)

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We recently got news that our interviewee Jamie Price, who entered the Instructables Craftsman contest with BaR2D2, was a runner up! We think this is terrific news and cannot wait until we get to see his next creation. Congrats, fellow robot snob!

Via Instructables

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February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

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--from corkbot and Robot Snob

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February 12, 2009

The "Handy" Edge Arm Kit

Everyone can use an extra hand now and then. The Edge Arm Kit only takes about 2 hours to snap together. The robotic limb has five motors, 5ยบ of movement and five controls on its wired panel. With a span of 13 - 15", it can rotate and bend, and lifts up to 100 grams while its LED lights up whatever it picks up. While the video shows the waldo picking up robotic blocks, we think that it might make an excellent pooper scooper for $49.95.

Via ThinkGeek

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February 11, 2009

K-9 Wins Trossen Project Contest

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Trossen recently announced the winners of their latest Project Contest. DJSures won a 1st place Pleo for creating this autonomous Robot Pet. Chosen because of the use of ingenuity, creativity and overall presentation, K-9 has 3D mapping capability, speech synthesis, adaptable personality depending on the human interaction, obstacle avoidance, a diagnostic LCD screen and can follow a human. We expect the other reason it won the prize was because it was built from scratch. Check out the other award winners which include a Robotic Marionette and an animatronic head.

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Via Trossen

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February 10, 2009

Pong Playing Robot Can't Lose


This bot will play Pong with you, if you still have your old one around and can't find a human. Maybe that was why Dutch designer Ivo Vos came up with it. He took a webcam, a telescoping neck and 2 solenoids for fingers. He claims that it "displays the narrowness of human-computer interaction." Clever as the robot is, we think that it might be time for Ivo to take a vacation.

Via Ivo Vos

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