Our old bud Jaime Mantzel recently showed up with a toy based on his incredible Giant Robot. We were relieved to find that his disappearance wasn't due to the large bot, in a fit of rage, snatching him up and chewing him into itty bitty pieces. It seems that Jaime is working with Wowstuff who want to help him market his creations. Hit the site if you would like to help name his bots that will be released this summer. If they select the name you suggest, you get one autographed by the robo-master himself.
Start-up company Romotive took its creation to the CES 2012 last week to introduce it to the greater good. Romo dances or can stream video when the user controls it through an iPod or smartphone. The appearance was successful enough to get the company to hire more workers to fulfill orders for 2,000 of them and regroup for mass production. A clever little bot, you can get yours from their website for $99.99.
Build your robot bit by bit with Cubelets that snap together automatically and can move, emit noise and light, and can detect temperature and motion. Each block uses logic to determine what the others will do without any additional programming and is a smaller robot in itself. For example, if you set 2 speaking blocks and battery block together they will communicate. Pre-order a 20 piece KT01 Construction Kit for an April delivery that will set you back $520.00 but give you a whole new meaning to the term DIY.
Give my cat a catnip mouse and she's a happy camper. Not so with Taylor Veltrop who took a 21" Nao robot, some Wiimotes, Kinect sensor bar, mini-cam, treadmill and brush to tend to his. We admire him for sticking to his project for over a year and hope his feline forgives him for that slight bonk in the head. We cannot wait for the 2-way audio chat that is to come next.
This is no Mindstorms NXT, still the Lego Creator Rescue Robot can be posed, has an armored chrome head protector and comes with a lighted brick, rocket booster and antenna. This kit is recommended for kids ages 7 - 12, has 149 pieces and can also be turned into a laserbot or robocat.
Nothing quite represents the holidays better than this T. Rex's skull that sings "Jingle Bells." RWeaving was inspired by his 4 year old son and made a 3D printing of the dino's head. The music is triggered by a servo motor. Ho ho ho y'all.
We seem to have missed this one last week but better late than never. Toronto, Canada's bd594 came up with a duet of a robot snare drummer and HP scanner rockin' to "The Little Drummer Boy." When creating this ditty, he claimed the project was "70% timing and 30% execution." Check out his YouTube page for other robot band concerts.
Meet Wendell, an open source robot powered by an Arduino board that runs on wheels. Marc Cryan came up with the friendly looking bot and software, and he is looking for a few good contributors on Kickstarter to help develop the licensing and manufacturing of 50 DIY kits. If you would like one, a donation of $198.00 will put you on the list. And if you want to build your own, check out his Instructables page.
Kare Halverson (aka Zenta) has shown his creativity with a robot that literally does what its name implies. The MorpHex started out as a globe that the Norwegian engineer turned into a hexapod. The bot can crawl forward and turn back into itself for now and he plans to get it to roll in the future. Check out his blog to see details of the building of his inspired creature.
Beginning in October, an English-speaking classroom in Los Angeles and French-speaking one in Montreal teamed to create Robot Heart Stories, a learning project from storyteller Lance Weiler and producer Janine Saunders. The 40 students were encouraged to make a "heart pack" and write stories to fuel a robot named Laika who crash landed in Canada and had to make her way back to her ship in CA.
The robot was "fueled " by the students' creativity as they decided where the journey would go. A picture was taken at each of 56 cities for a total of 2010 miles and 397 photographs. Future plans include NASA sending the project to the ISS and to chronicle the experience in a coffee table book.