September 24, 2008

Mindstorms NXT Talking Robotic Scull

Once an NXT fan, always an NXT fan. Although he hadn't done so in 20 years, "thinkingbricks" took a few Lego Mindstorms NXT sets and built a programmable talking robot. He demonstrates the results as well as kindly offering the DIY instructions. The clever man claims that it has been "hastily documented" so that he could tear it apart and build another one. Take a look at some of his other designs on his website.

Via thinkingbricks

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September 17, 2008

DIY Wall-E, Take 3

Another DIY Wall-E has captured our attention. Made by Lego Forum user "bazmarc," it is fully automated, animated, and programmed. Among the parts he used was the NXT Mindstorms System, Labviews NXT-G software, 10 AA batteries, and lots of Legos. This is his third version of the movie bot and it is certainly impressive, don't you think?

Via Neatorama

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September 15, 2008

Le Trung Builds Aiko to Serve

Canadian Le Trung was so inspired as a kid with Robot Anime that he decided to build Aiko. She can move around, "feel" pain, and speaks both English and Japanese. Trung plans to add other features in the future, including facial expressions, the ability to make tea, coffee, and bacon and eggs, clean his toilet, feed him sushi, and be able to massage his shoulders and neck. Uh-huh.

via Project Aiko

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September 11, 2008

Sundial Robot Tells the Time, Kinda

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Genius certainly runs in this family. Jim Kelly created a Sundial Robot after being inspired by his son. It was made out of a Lego Mindstorms NXT, 3 motors, and compass, light, and touch sensors, and about 270 other parts. The bot rotates 360º in 5º increments. Without going into details that even we don't understand, suffice it to say that it is accurate within 15 minutes.

Via The NXT Step

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September 4, 2008

Wii Balance Board + Roomba = Surfin'ba

Check out the demo of a the Surfin'ba with a Wii Balance Board and an iRobot Roomba. In his third hack, "longjie0723" manages to play "Surfin U.S.A." while they go through their paces. The guy seems to be having a good time, but we suspect the Roomba feels a bit foolish.

Via The Raw Feed

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September 3, 2008

Slide Rule Wall Alarm Clock

Greg Blonder has created a Slide Rule Alarm Clock. The man is an inventor, physicist, designer, and former Bell Labs scientist, so it is easy to see why this timepiece is as much art as it is a functioning device. He created it with Lego Mindstorms NXT and a foam core. Hours and minutes are on each of the rulers and they meet at a central slider. We want one!

Via The Watchismo Times

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August 29, 2008

Lynxmotion Johnny 5 Kit Debuts

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At the recent Taipei International Robot Show, VIA unveiled its Lynxmotion Johnny 5 kit. Based on the robot from the film "Short Circuit", the kit is intended for beginning robotics builders. The 14.25" high bot is fitted with a Pico-ITX board, the VIA EPIA P700, featuring the VIA VX800 unified chipset. Johnny is compact, heavy duty, and has low power consumption to make him simple to construct for scientific, entertainment, and educational purposes. The kit is available at prices beginning at $629.31, batteries and "eyes" not included.

Via Lynxmotion

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August 28, 2008

Talking Robotic Jesus Kicks Butt

Well, now. This robotic Jesus created by "jacques couscous" moves, does Kung-Fu and, in his own juvenile tones admits, "I can kick some serious butt" and "Are ya feeling lucky? Well, are ya?" Learn how to make your own and his companion/foe Bald Baby Buddha Buddy on instructables. While this project involves using a box cutter, a successful mash-up should protect you from your dashboard, no matter who is out there.

Via instructables

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August 27, 2008

Watch out! It's the Elvinator!

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Combine WowWee's Elvis Alive and the Terminator and you apparently get the Elvinator. A work in progress, you can get details to DIY. He was constructed by GW Jax with the addition of a red LED, a jaw piston, a re-skinning, and programming to move, recognize voices, and interact. We are thinking that when the project is finally completed, he will say upon being turned on, "I'll be back, thank ya vera much." Come to think of it, he does resemble the Govinator.

Via Elvinator

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August 26, 2008

eyeRobot Aids the Visually Impaired

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"shrimpy" has created the eyeRobot, a prototype that guides visually impaired and blind users. The owner pushes and/or twists the handle to show it its preferred path, and the bot finds the way using sonar. It was made with an iRobot Create, sensors, potentiometers, and miscellaneous hardware. A winner from Instructable's iRobot Create Challenge, he built the robot for less than $400.00, lots cheaper than a $12,000 guide dog and costs much less to feed.

Via eyeRobot

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