June 21, 2010

RoboCup 2010 Begins

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RoboCup 2010 kicked off Sunday in Singapore for the thirteenth time. All told, there are 500 teams from 40 countries competing in various categories. Of course, we know that the main emphasis is on the soccer games and the Federation is hoping that eventually the roboteams can compete against humans.

Via RoboCup 2010

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June 8, 2010

Multi-Leg Robots Steal the Show

Sometimes you have to take a few minutes and appreciate that there are those out there that dig robotics so much that they will spend most of their waking hours building an entrant into the multi-legged robot competition for a ROBO-One event. This video is wa-a-y too much fun for humans.

Via Robots Dreams

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June 2, 2010

Microsoft RDS 2008 R3 Now Free Download

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Microsoft is offering its Robotics Developer Studio for free to encourage others to get involved in robotics. They combined their RDS 2008 R2 (Express, Standard and Academic) to make RDS 2008 R3. The tools include a visual programming interface and 3D simulator. The fact that Willow Garage already is offering their ROS as open source may have weighed in on their decision but we think it is a good move on their part no matter the source of the inspiration.

Via Microsoft Robotics

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May 28, 2010

Must Have: T3 Robot Kit

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The T3 Solar Robot Kit lets you build a walking robot, scorpion or tank, each being motorized when completed. Recommended for those over the age of ten, the kit needs no glue or soldering and can run on a halogen bulb on overcast days.

Via T3
Solar Robot Kit

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May 17, 2010

Get Your Own Giant Gundam

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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bandai's Gundam with one of your very own. For ¥315,000 (~$3,400) you can get a Limited Edition RX-78-2 that stands 1.5m tall, weighs 38kg and comes with a beam rifle, beam saber and shield. A hex wrench set is included for assembly.

Via Bandai (translated)

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May 13, 2010

CALLO and CALLY, Personable Cell Phones

Prof. Chris D. Shaw and PhD student Ji-Dong Yim of Simon Fraser University, Canada took a Nokia phone and some Bioloid parts, and created CALLO and CALLY. As you can see in the video, the cell phone bot features various facial expressions when a call comes in. The phone's cam uses OpenCV for face detection and hand tracking to mimic arm movement. Partially funded by Nokia, the program was designed to improve consumer/product bonds. Boogie on.

Via SFU

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May 7, 2010

Mindstorms Bot Solves 3 Rubik's Cubes

David Gilday took some Mindstorms components and came up with MultiCuber, a creation that can solve 2×2, 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5 Rubik's cubes with the same build. A larger one can handle the 6 x 6 version. Good show, David!

Via Singularity Hub

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May 5, 2010

BallP Balances While Rolling Along

BallP (Ball Inverted Pendulum) is a 20", 16.5 lb. robot that is a combination of gyroscopes, motors, controllers and accelerometers that can move in any direction on its plastic covered bowling ball. Developed by Dr. Masaaki Kumagai, director of Tohoku Gakuin University's Robot Development Engineering Laboratory, there are plans to make the bot more user friendly and able to tote items back and forth.

Via IEEE Spectrum

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April 26, 2010

Nedney Shows Up Robotic Kicker

Last weekend, San Francisco Niner kicker Joe Nedney was pitted against Ziggy, a 340 lb. titanium robot, to promote the Robogames. During practice, the kickbot managed to send the ball 60 yards, but that was on cement. When the time came to perform, Nedney managed to send the football 45 yards while Ziggy failed in both of his attempts. Domination of human over robot is still intact, at least on the football field.

Via Wired

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April 23, 2010

Schütte's RoboSpider Feigns Death

Germany's Steffen Schütte came up with this clever RoboSpider. The insectobot has a Javelin Stamp for the micro controller brain and an ultrasonic range sensor for its eyes. The bot can go forward, dodge, escape and, if all else fails, feigns death. Since the first one was created, Schütte has gone on to create RoboSpider II and III.

Via Steffen Schütte

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