August 25, 2008

Homebrew Wall-E Wins TRC

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Trossen Robotics holds contests every few months for those who like to do it themselves. Their last competition ended July 31 and the top prize went to the Homebrew Wall-E and his creator "4mem8." You can get the complete winners' list to give you some inspiration to enter their next one.

Via TRC

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August 22, 2008

Must Have Robot: Eco-Friendly Robug

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We thought this week we would help do our part to save the planet with our Must Have Robot. Use an ordinary aluminum soda and turn it into a Robug with this Green Science kit. It includes a plastic body, wire wings and legs, motor, wires, screws, and detailed instructions. The best part is that you have to recycle your own can, so the kidlets can use Pepsi, jockish geeks can utilize Red Bull but, as for us, we will stick with our Bud. The elementary bot comes in a gift box and has a price starting at $8.99.

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August 21, 2008

Lego Mindstorms NXT Pin Plotter III

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Lego Mindstorms NXT continues to inspire creativity, as in the form of Alphonso Martone's Pin-Plotter. Finalized after 2 tries, the third is made of one NXT brick, 3 motors, 3 touch-sensors, and lots of Technic bricks. It creates a printable area of 3.6 x 2.7" with a bitmap of 1,500 holes in about 40 minutes. Using a 0.3mm needle, it has a maximum resolution of 1.3 holes/mm (33 dpi.) The gadget runs on 6 1.2 V NiMH AA NXT batteries. We dig that a driver was included in the clever device.

Via NXT Pin-Plotter III

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August 5, 2008

FailureBot Walks the Line

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Micah Carrick is not your average robotician (is that a real word?) He has now created the 5th generation of his FailureBot, a project that involves a "build a line" robot. After studying datasheets and searching through parts, he came up with the FB on a limited budget and from scratch. Kudos to him and his brainwaves. Hit his site and get extensive details.

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August 1, 2008

Robotic Bow-Shooting Boy

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Robots have been around longer than most of us think. Tanaka Hisashige, of the Edo period in Japan (1603-1867) originally created this Bow-Shooting Boy as part of a series of Karakuri mechanical dolls. They were made for rich feudal lords and merchants. Even today they are mounted on floats during festivals in the country. The lad loads the arrow, pulls the bow, and shoots. Now you can build your own Gakken model. The toy is 150 x 160 x 250 mm and weighs 970g and can be your best friend for ¥9,800 (~$91.00.)

Via Zootoyz

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July 29, 2008

H.A.L.E. to Celebrate 10 Years of Lego Mindstorms NXT

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Nevada Space Grant, Energizer, the University of Nevada-Reno and National Instruments have teamed together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of
Lego Mindstorms NXT
. College professors, middle school students, and Mindstorms freaks in general are planning on launching several of the bots today to collect data and explore Earth's atmosphere. All concerned are hoping to set a world record with H.A.L.E. (High Altitude Lego Extravaganza.)

The robots will be inserted into 2 weather balloons, launched outside Reno, and will go as high as 100,000 feet up. After the balloons burst, the NXTs will parachute back down to the planet.

Via Mindstorms News at Lego Mindstorms NXT

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July 21, 2008

Tilted Twister Solves Rubik's Cube

There have been other robots that can solve the Rubik's Cube, and now Hans Anderson has programmed his Lego Mindstorms NXT to do the same. The Tilted Twister has a set of sensors that detects when holds the puzzle, then calculates the moves. Using algorithms, the Twister can solve the cube in an average of 60 moves in about 6 minutes. While it may not be as fast as Rubot II, it certainly will beat most humans. Being the decent guy that he is, Anderson is sharing his instructions and plans with anyone who wants them.

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July 11, 2008

Lego Wall-E

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What does Pixar's Angus MacLane do to ward off stress? Sometimes, he plays with Legos like the rest of us. He built this Wall-E in about 7 hours over a 3 year span at the same time the robot was being built in the computer. Part of the delay came in waiting for tracks to be released. His problem was solved when the Wookie Attack Set became available. Although he is not happy enough with the eyes on his robotic model, we think it would be hard to build a better Wall-E.

Via The Brothers Brick

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July 8, 2008

Rocks and Robots - Summer Camp for Michiganders

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If you live in Southeastern Michigan and have an interest in robotics, Rocks and Robots is a combination science and adventure program for ages 7 - 17 who want more to do with their summers than hang around the house. They offer summer camps, workshop weekends, and special events designed around kids' brains and bodies. Those who are only interested only in robotics can take part in a "Mayan Adventure" by building a Lego NXT Mindstorm and exploring a pyramid. If it sounds intriguing, contact Katie Tilton at 734-645-0211 or visit their site for rates and more information.

(Thanks, Katie)

Via Rocks and Robots

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July 4, 2008

Win a Free Ride to RoboGames 2009

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Instructables has teamed up with RoboGames to create a Robot Contest. Come up with your most creative idea, build it, submit with detailed plans and pix, and you could win a trip to RoboGames 2009. The second place winner gets a RoboPhilo Walking Android Kit and a Robot prize package. There are also some other cool prizes, so check out their site to get contest instructions and official rules. Submit your entry by July 13.

Via: Instructables

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