January 12, 2011

Atomic Elf Robot Calendar

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Okay, we seem to be a bit tardy here, but perhaps if you send a line to Jason Snyder, he can be persuaded to continue to produce more Atomic Elf Robot Calendar pages. The papercraft is free to download and is a follow up to a line of greeting cards he previously made in 2008. Hit the link to download or get in touch with Jason.

Via Toy Shop Greetings

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January 10, 2011

FIRST Robotics Competition Begins

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NASA's Robotics Alliance Project and local technology firms launched the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition this past Saturday in Washington D.C., with 6 weeks of design and building from 30,000 students that form almost 2,000 teams. Regionals take place in March and April with the championship competition in St. Louis later that month. Check out some video here to keep track of the festivites.

Via NASA

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January 4, 2011

A Robot A Day for 2010

We are not exactly sure who the imaginative WeirdForceOne is, but he seems to have built a robot a day during 2010 as a request by a galactic overlord. The army was made from junk and recycled materials, (although some of them looked new,) but we found the video amusing enough to post it. And it has a happy ending, sort of.

Via WeirdForceOne

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January 3, 2011

Veltrobot Runs Via Kinect

That didn't take long. Terry Veltrop has already hacked into his Xbox Kinect to create a humanoid robot that will follow his moves. The bot was built from a Kondo KHR-1HV with a Roboard control and software written from ROS and the IO library. Named after his builder, Veltrobot works in master/slave mode, but Terry would like to improve on it to give it better leg and gripper controls. After watching the video, we would like to see that, too, as it looks a bit wobbly.

Via Terry Veltrop

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December 29, 2010

Weasel Robot Kit With Sonic Tracking

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The Elenco Weasel Robot has two sensors that enable it to "feel" its way around walls and corners. The two motors and sensors control its on/off operation and it uses the robotic "left hand rule" to find its way in a maze. Also added is a sonic tracking system so that it can follow a line. The kit needs some soldering and comes with a 3-speed gear box but not the 2 AA batteries needed.

Via Elenco

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December 27, 2010

Robotic Arm Solves Rubik's in 15"

Witness the 15 sec. Rubik's Cube solving arm. Created by Rowan University's Zachary Grady and Joe Ridgeway, the system consists of a camera that captures how the cube is scrambled. Then it uses patterns and algorithms to solve it. Ridgeway himself is a solver, his best time being 45 seconds.

Via New Scientist

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December 23, 2010

OTD Eases Physical Therapy

Our bud Jamie Price of BaR2D2 fame has come up with a new device for encouraging physical therapy. His Occupational Therapy Device is a tabletop application that is meant to improve dexterity, hand/eye coordination and left/right brain interaction. A sort of advanced Simon, the user has special gloves and must touch whatever button is lit. Check out his project and instructions for making one.

(Thanks, Jamie)

Via Instructables

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December 16, 2010

Humanoid George Restored After Half a Century

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Shades of the Tin Woodsman! Tony Sale built George, a 6 ft. tall humanoid, from a crashed bomber in 1950. The former RAF officer recently brought his creation back to life with new batteries and some oil. You can see George at his new permanent location, the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, UK that Sale helped found.

Via Tony Sale

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November 26, 2010

Must Have: Shop Trossen for Black Friday

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Trossen Robotics may not be holding a Black Friday sale, but our buds there always have such a wide selection at super-low prices that this is an excellent place to do your robotic holiday shopping. They have almost any Robot Kit imaginable, from Humanoids to Bioloids to Hexapods for both beginners and pros. Need parts? This is the place. Toys and Gift Certificates are also available.

Via Trossen

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November 22, 2010

Robotis Bioloid GP Debuts

Much thanks to Robots Dreams for managing to capture some footage at the MAKE Tokyo 06 of the Robotis Bioloid GP Robot. Dude, that guy can move and will undoubtedly kick some serious robot butt in future competitions.

Via Robots Dreams

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