July 13, 2009

Support Livestrong via Chalkbot

By now you have probably heard that Lance Armstrong's return to the Tour de France was to promote his Livestrong campaign. He didn't stop there. Livestrong and Nike came up with a robotic painter named Chalkbot that prints messages along the path of the race. Want to participate? Get your message chalked out by sending it to 36453 and you will not only own a piece of the road, but will help draw awareness to cancer as well.

Via Nike/Livestrong

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July 9, 2009

DIY Loopin Creatures

Elena Corchero got together with textile electronics developer ZippyKit to help teach your kids some elementary robotics. Loopins come in kits that can be developed in two configurations. Made of precut felt, LED, batteries and battery holder, when completed, a Loopin's eyes will light up when its ears are touched together or makes contact with another of its kind. Available from the online shop Lost Values in different colors for £12.00 ($19.80) each, get several and you can have your own robotic hen party.

Via Lost Values

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July 8, 2009

Android, the Movie

We recently rescreened the 1982 PG rated movie "Android" with Klaus Kinsky, Brie Howard and Don Keith Opper (who also co-wrote it.) It may seem slightly dated but the animated sequence with the MAX 404's mini androids has made it a cult classic and must see viewing for any generation of bot lovers.

Via "Android"

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July 6, 2009

SCRATCHbot Rescues in the Dark

The Bristol Robotics Lab and the University of Sheffield have created the SCRATCHbot (Spatial Cognition and Representation through Active TouCh.) The robotic rat can run through the dark and feel its way around with plastic whiskers. The robot's sensors actually sweep like their real life relatives. The team is hoping that they will be used for rescuing victims from smoke filled buildings. Looking at the SCRATCHbot's design, we think it's a good think it will be dark.

Via Daily Contributor

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July 3, 2009

Must Have: Tengu All Stars

He may not move around much but we found our Tengu way too much fun for humans when he first came out. (Note that the face cover was left on to protect him from our cat.)


Our bud Mr. Jones has a new batch that he has dubbed the All Stars. Each one is as much fun as the original but now you can make it more your own with wig and stickers. He will work through both Mac and PC USB ports and will respond to any noise he hears. He has several different expressions and will be your friend for £25 (~$36.00,) even when no one else will.

(Thanks, Crispin)

Via Tengu

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July 1, 2009

Manga Robot Serves Coffee

Combine a Manga type robot and a Kondo KHR-2HV robot kit and maybe you too can get a bot to make and serve your coffee. Created by "Clockwork," it uses 20 digital KRS-788HV servos, one GWS-PICO-STD servo motor and is controlled by a PCB in its head.

via Dvice

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June 29, 2009

MyDeskFriend Shares Facebook

MyDeskFriend is a prototype penguin that will be available from the Swiss company Arimaz. Place him next to your PC in his docking station and he will interact by following your finger without falling off your desk, respond to voice commands and can memorize up to 15 short key words. His eyes change color depending on his mood. Connect him to your Facebook profile and you will actually have to take care of him, virtually anyway, since he displays when he is hungry or tired. If you invest the $99.00 and can get your friends to interact with him on the social site, you will know you have a winner.

Via Arimaz

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June 25, 2009

Buzz Lightyear Doesn't Quite Hit Infinity

Probably our first exposure to robotics was the procuring of a toy demo for Mr. Gameshow in the 80s. When he got too annoying, I gave him away, but now he appears to be back in the form of Buzz Lightyear, who will be available for the holiday season for about $140.00. It has two modes, puppeteer and voice command, but we expect he will soon become as obnoxious as Mr. Gameshow, for a whole lot more money.

Via Gizmodo

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June 22, 2009

Willow Garage Self-Feeding PR2

Willow Garage's alpha robot PR2 (Personal Robot 2) has some amazing abilities. On display at the beginning of June, he walked through 8 doors and maneuvered around obstacles, including humans, that may have been in his way in less than an hour. But the kick here is that PR2 also plugged himself in for a recharge 9 times and knew enough to not break into a door that was locked. Attaboy!

Via Willow Garage

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June 18, 2009

FOOMA Exhibits Kitchen Bots

At the recent FOOMA (International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition) in Tokyo, robots displayed their talent in preparing and serving food. Attendees included a sushi-picking bot, one that can slice veggies, a pancake maker and a serving bot.

Via Reuters

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