November 19, 2010

Bacarobo 2010 Elicits Laughs

The annual Stupid Robot Contest found itself in Budapest, Hungary this year. Take a peek at the video from Bacarobo 2010 that features plenty of useless bots that nonetheless will bring a slight chuckle or large guffaw. The winner, seen at the end of the video, won $2,700 but we expect the title was enough of a prize.

Via Plastic Pals

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November 16, 2010

RobotBox - Share Your Robot


Want to share your latest robot with others? RobotBox is a new site dedicated to builders. So far the site has about 1,000 members and 200 bots. Join and you can upload your text, images and videos, including links to your robotic inspirations. Described by creator William Cox as an online portfolio for robot builders, members can vote on other projects and make new friends with similar interests.

(Thanks, William)

Via RobotBox

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November 8, 2010

WRO 2010 Helps Burgeoning Roboticists


The 7th World Robot Olympiad ran last weekend in the Philippines, with 1,000 elementary to high school students from 30 countries participating. The WRO 2010 was formed to help young people develop creativity and problem solving skills and they compete in two categories, technical and creative. The theme this year was 'Robot Promote Tourism'.


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October 27, 2010

MakerLegoBot Builds 3D Models

Will Gorman, a fan of Lego and robots, decided to combine his two interests and came up with the MakerLegoBot, a robot that uses the plastic building blocks to make 3D models from the programmer's schematics. Gorman has posted his instructions on his site and claims that, with a few modifications to the Mindstorms NXT project, the robot could clone himself. So long after we are gone, perhaps it won't just be the cockroaches that survive.

Via BattleBricks

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October 20, 2010

dSolar System Can Control NXT Mindstorms


Run your Lego Mindstorms NXT by the sun with the Dexter Industries 2W dSolar System that easily attaches to any of your creations. The kit comes with a 9V solar panel, a power cord and adapter at a price of $90.00.

Via Dexter Industries

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September 30, 2010

RuBot II Sets New Rubik's Cube Solving Record

Pete Redmond's RuBot II has mastered the Rubik's Cube in less than 23 seconds. After being calibrated, a technician mixes up the cube. RB II then quickly scans a side and solves the puzzle. Needless to say, he easily made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. By the way, although RuBot is flashier, the human record is 7.08 seconds, so we are still the masters of that domain.

Via Mechatron's

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September 21, 2010

Electrolux Top Finalist Robot Fridge

You have one more day to vote for the peoples' choice in the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab final. The most popular so far is the Bio Robot Fridge by Yuriy Dmitriev from Russia. The refrigerator is fairly spaceage with gel morphs that replace shelving and its altering sizes and dimensions allowing it to be hung vertically, horizontally, and even on the ceiling. The final judging by panel takes place this Thursday, September 23, at 100% Design in London.

Via Electrolux Design Lab

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BaR2D2 Gets an Upgrade

Just when you thought that BaR2D2 couldn't get any better, our bud Jamie has released instructions to his recently drink mixer upgraded barbot. Check him out!

Via Instructables

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September 20, 2010

The White House is Looking for a Few Good Robots


Listen up, roboticists who need funding. As part of the President's FY2012 Budget, the White House has combined five Fed agencies for small business research to create grants for Robotics Technology Development and Deployment. Specifically, your robotics company can apply for funding for developing service bots, drug discovery bots and those that can disarm military bombs. DARPA will be overseeing the funding of the latter and although the grant may not make you rich, it can certainly help you develop your ideas.

If you want more information on any of the three opportunities, check out the link to the entire announcement. Applications must be submitted by December 20, 2010. Let us know if yours is accepted and details as we promise to be almost as excited as you are.

Via Robot Grant Information

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September 15, 2010

Girlzilla Dominates NY Lower East Side


The New York Lower East Side Girls Club took a $200 electric wheelchair bought on craigslist and added steel piping, recycled electronics and fabric and came up with a 14 ft. tall Girlzilla. The bot also has a giant eye and glowing bellybutton, linking a video camera and projector to display crowd images when she takes to the street. The purpose of the exercise is to get teen girls more interested in robotics, a field that they feel is mostly male dominated.

Via NY Times

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