December 23, 2008

WiigoBot Gets a Perfect Score

Take a Lego Mindstorms NXT, a Wii Controller, and a little ingenuity and the result might be the WiigoBot. The robot was programmed to bowl and, not surprisingly, had a perfect game. We expect that when the novelty wears off, Will Gorman will teach him to perform a grand slam or a perfect hole in one.

Via BattleBricks

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December 18, 2008

Jollbot - Rock & Roll


Rhodri Armour and his team from the University of Bath's Center for Biomimetic & Natural Technologies in England created Jollbot, who can roll over smooth terrain and jump over obstacles. Hoping that the odd-looking robot will be a part of the space race, its unique shape allows it to go in any direction without getting stuck in potholes (or craters.) Weighing less than two pounds, it has less chance of injury than other exploration robots. After launch, it can go as high as 20". Imagine what it can do in space.

Via Fox News

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Motoman Cooks and Assembles

Yaskawa Electric recently debuted their Motoman SDA10 at the Robot Fair in Osaka, Japan. The talented bot is 4.5" tall, weighs 480 lbs. and can cook with the best by mixing batter, pouring it on the grill, flipping it, putting it on a plate and finally topping it off. He has 15 joints, one in the torso and 7 in each arm and can also be used in factories for assembling parts, as evidenced in this video when he puts together a camera.

Via Pink Tentacle

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December 16, 2008

RoboClams Dig Down

MIT, inspired by the razor clam, has made their own. They are hoping that it will not only give insight about the mollusk, but that it can travel along the ocean floor and dig in like a real clam. While this sounds like an exercise in futility, when the project is completed, the team is hoping that the RoboClams would hook up to robotic submarines to measure current, temperature, etc. They could also help detonate underwater mines. Imagine the surprise when a clam digger comes up with this in her/his net.

Via MIT

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December 15, 2008

Hexabots Dance-off

Take a couple of minutes and check out the Dance-off between these hexapods. Trossen is selling both the Phoenix Hexapod for $949.99 and the MSR-H01 MicroMagic Systems Hexapod for the same price. Get 2 and you can have your own contest, although for that kind of money, we hope you can get it to clean your room or wash your car.

Via Robot Dance Off

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December 11, 2008

Ripsaw MS1 + Gun Joins the Army

The Ripsaw MS1 was designed for the U.S. Army UGV Application by Howe and Howe back in January. Now they have added a humongous gun. The robotic tank is considered to be one of the most capable ground vehicles created. We just know that if we see one coming towards us, we would surrender instantly.

Via Howe and Howe Technologies

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December 10, 2008

Go Towards the Light, Wally Bot!


Antonio Rodriguez decided to make his own autonomous robot when his kids bugged him about buying one. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, he got himself a Tin Can Robot Science kit, added a DC motor, and Arduino board and some miscellaneous electronic components and the resulting Wally bot moves towards a flashlight. The Bostonian has kindly put up detailed instructions and claims that not only was it fun to build, it was a great way to further bond with his kids.

Via the ONDA

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December 8, 2008

Co-Robot Wobbles, Falls Down, But Gets Back Up

The Co-Robot kit can be assembled to create a robotic dude that is no ASIMO, but he can walk, dance and somersault. Running on a single motor and gear-driven system, he can also pick himself up when his bumbling results in a fall. Apparently Japan loved them as they sold over 50,000 of them. Now you can get your own stumbling bot from MakerSHED for $29.95.

Via MakerSHED

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December 2, 2008

Hockey MANOI - A Work in Progress

Erin, aka "RobotGrrl," has created a Hockey MANOI. The Stanford EPGY Summer Institute student obviously has a ways to go, but she has managed to get him to move forward 6 times, shoot 3 times, go backwards 6 times and shoot again 3 times. Future plans include a wave shield and some tunes to play while he moves along. The sporty bot may not be perfected, but Erin has certainly made a valiant effort.

Via RobotGrrl

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December 1, 2008

RoboParade Celebrates the Holidays

While you may have been watching the Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving, Lawrence Tech, in Southfield, Michigan was putting on their own annual event, the RoboParade. High school teams build about 50 autonomous floats that saunter down the Robofest line. Take a peak at last year's parade and note that not only does each bot stay in line but must also adjust its speed to avoid bumping into the one in front.

Via Robofest

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