April 20, 2014

ASIMO on LIVE with Kelly and Michael (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting: The world's most advanced humanoid robot Honda's ASIMO makes his North American debut on LIVE with Kelly and Michael!! By LIVE with Kelly and Michael

ROBOTIS DARWIN-MINI Humanoid Robot Assembly (Video)

Here's a robot video that I found interesting: The DARWIN MINI humanoid robot by ROBOTIS features a simple, straight forward assembly process utilizing standardized common parts, a minimum of screws, and only two sizes of rivets to secure the body parts. The entire robot assembly requires only a screw driver and rivet installation tool (supplied). [...]

Gadget Rewind 2006: Lego Mindstorms NXT

It's our 10th birthday, and to celebrate we'll be revisiting some of the key devices of the last decade. So please be kind, rewind. Lego, the popular toy brick maker, graduated from simple plastic playthings in 1998 when it released its Mindstorms...

Inhabitat's Week in Green: flexible circuit boards, BMW i3 and the world's first urban algae canopy

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. When you think about transportation innovations, highways probably aren't the first things that come to...

The Computer Without A CPU

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[Jeff Laughton] was contacted by a customer that was interested in adding some automated functions to a printing press. Before eventually settling on a microcontroller for the job, [Jeff] went old school and started looking at logic gates, counters, and flip-flops. This lead him to the Motorola 14500 industrial control unit, a minimal processor with only 16 instructions. After a few ‘back of the napkin’ sketches, he came up with an extremely minimal computer that doesn’t use a microprocessor. It’s an interesting design notable not only for its electronic brevity, but also because it only uses one instruction.

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April 14, 2014

EV3 Spirograph

A Spirograph is a geometric drawing tool that produces roulette curves. Christoph Bartneck has created a cool implementation with LEGO©MINDSTORMS EV3:


April 11, 2014

LEAP Motion and EV3

I pre-ordered a LEAP Motion when I first hear of it and my ultimate goal was to use it with MINDSTORMS but after further thinking and realizing I did not have the programming skills required to pull this off I decided to cancelled my order.

Today I found someone who has successfully manage to combine both.  Dr GermanVargas  from the Department of Mathematics of the College of Coastal Georgia.



The code for his project uses the Leap Motion SDK libraries and the MonoBrick communication libraries to control the EV3 via Bluetooth.

I love the end result and where this technology could go next !!!

Now i feel like getting a LEAP Motion again ;)

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April 06, 2014

Robots Podcast #153: Termite-Inspired Construction

termite-inspired construction robot

Termites, in their roles as construction workers, are simple agents, using only local information, yet they can build complex structures such as termite mounds. Taking inspiration from such swarm systems in nature, Justin Werfel and colleagues have created TERMES robots that build three-dimensional structures without the need for any leader or prescribed roles. In Robots Podcast #153, Sabine speaks with Justin Werfel about this work, which is a project of the Self-organizing Systems Research Group, a core component of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University.

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March 24, 2014

Robots Podcast #152: EU Robotics Week 2013

photos of Fiorella Operto, Douwe Dresscher, and Roko Tschakarow

In episode #152, Robots Podcast does a bit of catching up, combining three interviews relating to last November's EU Robotics Week. In this episode, interviewer Sabine Hauert speaks with Fiorella Operto, the National Coordinator of the EU Robotics Week in Italy and president of the School of Robotics, Douwe Dresscher, a graduate student in robotics and mechatronics at the University of Twente, who was involved in organizing his department's participation in the event, and Roko Tschakarow, Business Director of Mobile Gripping Systems at SCHUNK, who helped organize a robotics challenge for local high-school students as part of EU Robotics Week. (Sabine herself has just taken on a position as a lecturer in robotics at the University of Bristol.)

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March 10, 2014

Robots Podcast #151: Big deals and privacy

photo of Avner Levin, Ryerson University

As part of Robohub's focus series on Big Deals, in Robots Podcast #151 interviewer AJung Moon talks with Avner Levin, Chair of the Law and Business Department, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, and Director of the Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute. Their conversation ranges widely, but keeps coming back to recent acquisitions on the part of Google, in particular, and whether they represent something to be concerned about from perspective of customer privacy, or even the potential for cyber crime manifesting physically, via robotics. Levin discusses the nature of his own concern, the state of existing law and policy as regards privacy, and the need for government involvement and guidance in this fast-changing, highly competitive environment.

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February 24, 2014

Robots Podcast #150: Dario Floreano

Dario Floreano, with (then) graduate students Peter Durr, Markus Waibel, and Sabine Hauert

Before Robohub there was Robots Podcast. Before Robots Podcast there was Talking Robots. Before Talking Robots there was Dario Floreano, a professor at EPFL, with an idea and a handful of graduate students eager to run with it. In episode #150, Robots Podcast goes back to its roots, repeating the combination from the first episode of Talking Robots, of Markus Waibel (now a senior researcher at ETH-Zurich and heavily involved in the RoboEarth project) interviewing Dario Floreano (now also Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research for Robotics, in addition to being head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL). All episodes of both Robots Podcast and Talking Robots are available directly from the Robots Podcast website as well as from the iTunes Store.

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February 08, 2014

Robots Podcast #149: Industry and Society

photo of Personal Intelligent City Accessible Vehicle (PICAV)

In Robots Podcast #149 Per Sjöborg speaks with Rezia Molfino from the PMAR group at University of Genova about how all robots are service robots and some of the many interesting projects she is working on, ranging from challenging manufacturing problems in thin sheet machining (SwarmItFIX) and the textile industry (clopema), to assisted-living vehicles for use in an urban environment (PICAV) and do-it-yourself, practical equipment for demining war zones (Locastra).

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January 26, 2014

Robots Podcast #148: Robert Bosch Venture Capital

photo of Jan Westerhues

In Robots Podcast #148, Per Sjöborg speaks with Jan Westerhues, Investment Partner with Robert Bosch Venture Capital in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is responsible for robotic investments. Robert Bosch began as an automotive parts firm, but has branched out into other businesses and now has an R&D staff of 15,000 persons. The company's venture capital operation is not an angel investor, and only ever takes a minority position in the companies in which it invests, but, when approached by a company that has already completed the initial phases of identifying a market and defining a product, and has a prototype and a business plan, Westerhues will locate someone within Bosch's R&D staff with the competence to evaluate the prototype, whether it holds the potential to deliver what the company claims for it, and to ‘talk tech’ with the company's own designers and engineers. The ideal situation for Bosch is that in which their own industrial strength can be brought to bear, perhaps supplying parts for the products of the companies in which they invest, but this is not a requirement.

(I listened to this episode five or six times in preparation for this post, and suggest that anyone interested in venture capital funding do likewise.)

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January 13, 2014

Robots Podcast #147: Giulio Sandini & Interdisciplinarity


Giulio Sandini with two iCub humanoid robots

In Robots Podcast #147, Per Sjöborg speaks with Giulio Sandini, director of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (RBCS) at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), about how, having begun his career as a bioengineer working on how the brain controls the muscles which aim and focus the eye, he eventually came to work in robotics, about why interdisciplinary work is important to robotics, and about how diverse teams of engineers, biologists, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists, and medical doctors can learn from each other. Sandini illustrates the point using examples of successful interdisciplinary efforts at IIT, including the iCub and COMAN humanoid platforms, the HyQ quadruped, and their work in rehabilitation robotics.

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December 28, 2013

Robots Podcast #146: Lynne Parker, robot teamwork

robots used in research by Distributed Intelligence Laboratory

Lynne Parker is Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). At UTK, she is the founder and director of the Distributed Intelligence Laboratory, which performs research in multi-robot systems, sensor networks, machine learning, and human-robot interaction. In this episode, Per Sjöborg speaks with Lynne Parker about her work with robot teams.

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December 14, 2013

Robots Podcast #145: Paul Oh on DRC

photo of Dr. Paul Oh

In this episode, Sabine Hauert interviews Paul Oh, Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab at Drexel University. His team, spanning 10 universities, is competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) with the HUBO humanoid made by KAIST in South Korea.

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December 05, 2013

Robots Podcast #144: Working with EOD personnel

EOD robot operator with robot

In this episode, AJung Moon talks with Julie Carpenter, who recently received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington, having written her dissertation on the interaction between military Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) personnel and the robots they use in investigating suspicious objects and rendering explosives harmless – primarily PackBots from iRobot and TALONS from QinetiQ. More generally, Julie is interested in emotional attachment issues in human-robot interaction, and how it affects user decision-making in collaborative, sometimes stressful, situations.

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November 16, 2013

Robots Podcast #143: David Dorhout

David Dorhout with Aquarius robot

David Dorhout is a graduate of Iowa State University. He has always been interested in robotics and 14 years of experience in agriculture and the biotech industry. He is the founder of Dorhout R&D LLC which is a research and development business designing and building novel robotic systems and interactive consumer electronic devices. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with David about his robots that include Prospero the robot farmer and Aquarius the greenhouse watering robot. This episode of Robots Podcast is part of Robohub's focus series on agricultural robotics.

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November 11, 2013

Pars Rescue Robot Prototype Tested

You may recall our story in March of this year that described the Pars rescue robot concept developed by RTS Lab in Tehran, Iran. They presented a design for a flying robot that could quickly locate drowning victims in the ocean and launch life preserver floats to them. In less than a year, RTS Lab has gone from conceptual artwork to a working prototype of their robot. From their test report:

The robot’s tests have been taken from 11th to 15th August 2013 at the Caspian Sea. Thirteen tests were taken in a 4 day period and the following aspects were analyzed: Life vest releasing system performance, flight stability, search and rescue performance at day and night, Simplicity of robot’s control, comparing performance with traditional rescue methods, analyzing the deficiencies of robots design. Pars can fly ten minutes in this design and its maximum speed is 10 m/s, thus it can be used in missions with a 4.5 kilometer radius range. Tests were completely successful and all of the expected goals were achieved. Based on the test results and considering the general rescue methods new ideas for developing Pars were achieved that will be revealed after careful scrutiny.

RTS Labs hopes to create further, improved prototypes and eventually commercialize the life-saving robot. And, of course we have lots of cool photos of the robot in action during it's test flight over the Caspian Sea!

November 06, 2013

Jinn: A Smartphone Controlled Biped

Two roboticists in Switzerland have designed and built a new bipedal robot called Jinn. It includes 3D printed parts and can be controlled using open source software running on an Android based mobile phone. Roger Seeberger writes:

"My partner, Michael Roggli, and me developed an biped smartphone controlled (without extra controller like Arduino) robot. The robot, we call it Jinn, is 1m tall and has 24 servos. We will an open source API, Android development, and diffrent Apps. The idea is, customers could order assembled robots but also plans, parts etc."

Seeberger Robotics is the name of their company and they're also developing a small quadraped. Read on for video of both robots in action.

November 05, 2013

Random Robot Roundup

Howdy, robot fans, I'm back and have a ton of robot news waiting to roll out! So what better way to start than with a quick news roundup? Here we go...

  • Kim from Rethink Robotics let us know that their Baxter Research Robot has lots of new features and improvements to help promote the ROS open source robotics platform.
     
  • Speaking of ROS, Tim Smith sends word about the latest spin-off from Willow Garage, Unbounded Robotics and the UBR-1 robot for researchers and businesses.
     
  • The Swirling Brain sent a link to the latest in DiY cyborg technology, a mashup between body mods and wearable computers.
     
  • Wendy from Intellibot Robotics let us know about their new HydroBot 17 cleaning robot that's ready to start scrubbing the hallways and aisles in schools, hospitals, and grocery stores near you.
     
  • A Technology Review article notes that robots are beginning to move more like humans.
     
  • MIT meanwhile, has been busy with robots that move nothing like humans: self-assembling cube bots.
     
  • John from Logic Supply thinks your next robot needs one of their ML300 fanless NUCs, which works at temperatures up to 50C.
     
  • The EU Human Brain Project officially kicked off last month, joining the US BRAIN Initiative which is already underway. This will be an exciting time for anyone interested in AI and cognitive science!
     

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November 04, 2013

Robots Podcast #142: Blue River Technology

photo of Blue River's tractor-mounted lettuce thinning robot

“In this episode Sabine Hauert speaks with Jorge Heraud, CEO of California-based startup Blue River Technology which brings together computer vision and robotics to automate agriculture. Their first robot LettuceBot targets the state’s #1 vegetable crop. Its task is to thin rows of lettuce in fields. This involves selectively removing some of the plants by spraying excess fertilizer on them, thereby avoiding overcrowding while fertilizing nearby plants. The tractor-mounted robot is already being rented out to farms across the state.” (This podcast episode is part of Robohub's focus series on agricultural robotics.)

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September 25, 2011

Java Creator James Gosling Leaves Google for Robotics Firm

James Gosling
Only five months after joining Google, Java creator and former Oracle employee James Gosling has announced that he’s leaving the search giant to become the Chief Software Architect for Liquid Robotics, a new firm that develops robots for maritime applications.

Gosling posted about the move on his personal website:

I’ve surprised myself and made another career change. I had a great time at Google, met lots of interesting people, but I met some folks outside doing something completely outrageous, and after much anguish decided to leave Google.

Liquid Robotics primarily develops Wave Glider, an autonomous robotic vehicle that is packed with sensors, powered by solar panels and wave action, and that uploads the data it collects to the cloud. Gosling described Wave Gliders in the Gulf of Mexico that are being used to monitor water chemistry. According to the Liquid Robotics website, the Wave Glider harvests energy from the environment in order to “travel long distances, hold station, and monitor vast areas without ever needing to refuel.”

Liquid Robotics Wave Glider

Liquid Robotics Wave Glider

March 30, 2011

Wild ride for IRBT as all-time high looms

It seems like just yesterday I was buying scoops of IRBT at $7 a share. Actually it was more like 30 months ago - but iRobot has been on an absolute tear since then. Despite the recession, the company's revenues and profits quickly rebounded and then hit all time highs, and the stock has followed nicely, roughly matching AAPLs performance in that time (without introducing an iPad I might add).

February 05, 2011

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January 10, 2011

iRobot Noted for Pushing Kinect-Style Technology at CES

iRobot's new robots are getting noticed as early home implementations of Kinect-style technology. Reuters has the story from CES.

January 07, 2011

iRobot introduces AVA telepresence robot at CES (!!!)

Didn't expect this so soon: iRobot unveiled its telepresence robot, AVA. The telepresence robot is compatible with iPads and Android devices and is designed to be ready for APPs. iRobot CEO Colin Angle: "If you can program an iPad, you can program a robot." The new robot has sonar and mapping, and Microsoft Kinect-style technology. Here's PC Magazine's interview on YouTube: Exciting stuff!

January 03, 2011

NEW Roomba 700 Series, Scooba 230 Announced by iRobot (!)

iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) announced today that it will introduce all new models of its Roomba and Scooba lines at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new Roomba 700 Series robots feature AeroVac II vacuum bin with more power, HEPA filtration, 50% better battery life, and improved dirt detection. The new 700 Series models will cost about double the $249 starting price point for the 500

December 27, 2010

Heartland Robotics snagged $20 million in funding

The robotics field is heating up. Heartland Robotics, the company founded by iRobot godfather Rodney Brooks, announced Nov. 30 that they have secured another $20 million in funding. Can't wait for them to show off their supposedly amazingly cheap and useful products and have an IPO.

Colin Angle disses Neato's XV-11, hints at lawsuits

iRobot CEO Colin Angle gave an extensive interview to GetRobo.com where he praises Neato Robotics as a company and calls their laser rangefinder interesting, but ultimately dismisses the Neato XV-11 robotic vacuum, saying that it does not do as good of a job of cleaning as Roomba, because it treats such things as couch skirts as walls and doesn't then clean under the couch. Angle also said that

December 16, 2010

iRobot Stock Nears $24 IPO price as Roombas selling out, SUGV begins shipping

A couple of pieces of excellent news appears to be juicing iRobot's stock, which has come very close to the initial $24 IPO price, which would be a nice milestone for the company. Boeing, the company that markets iRobot's SUGV product to the military, announced that it has started delivering SUGVs under the low rate initial production phase of the brigade combat team modernization program, with

November 24, 2010

Will iRobot be a takeover target?

Reuters has an article that points out big defense contractors are buying smaller ones to find growth in a tight funding environment. Boeing, iRobot and Northrop Grumman are mentioned as focusing on unmanned systems, an area prime for growth. Link.

October 28, 2010

Colin Angle: "Many, many, many hundreds" of PackBots Killed in Action by Roadside Bombs; Sees Growth in Military Robotics Despite Defense Cuts

Colin Angle iRobot CEO Colin Angle told Forbes magazine that he sees opportunities for continued growth in military robots even with future budget cuts in Defense spending. The company's robots cost a lot less than other military items (ed: like people), and are proven to save lives. Angle said he doesn't have a precise number of how many PackBots have been killed in action by roadside bombs,

Paging IRBT analysts: Why do you ask such terrible questions?

iRobot's conference call this morning was very, very boring, almost tedious, and I blame the analysts. All they seemed to care about were vague questions about "color" for next year's numbers. Nobody had a truly insightful question, including the obvious ones: 1) How concerned are you about the threats from Neato Robotics, Mint Cleaner, Samsung, and are you worried that they are taking share in

iRobot Posts Earnings Call Transcript

iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) posted the script for the start of its earnings call on its website. The actual call takes place at 8:30. The text has a bunch of positives, including growth in South America, strong military orders, strong Roomba orders, and a stronger balance sheet. Thx, Potts

October 27, 2010

iRobot Reports Strong 3rd Quarter Results, Ups Guidance Again on Strong Roomba Sales

iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) reported its third quarter earnings after the close, and it was another stellar report, blowing away profit estimates with 27 cents per diluted share and upping full year estimates significantly to 80-82 cents a share, far above consensus estimates of 57 cents. Even that could be too low, given that the company has started making a habit of blowing away estimates.

iRobot Names Human Resources VP

Russell J. Campanello has been tapped as iRobot's new VP of Human Resources. Perhaps this is a sign they expect more growth?

Coffee Balloon Robotic Hand Co-Developed by iRobot

Coffee-Filled Hand This latest invention is, frankly, amazing. iRobot and researchers at Cornell and the University of Chicago with funding from DARPA developed a powerful robotic hand using a simple vacuum, a balloon, and coffee grounds. Here's how it works — the coffee-filled balloon is lowered onto an object that needs picking up. The balloon deforms around the object. Then the vacuum is

BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, iRobot Partner on Ground Combat Vehicle

With earnings due today, iRobot's been coming fast and furious this week with the press releases. Yesterday, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman announced they are partnering with iRobot on the new Ground Combat Vehicle. From the press release: "iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) will serve as the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) integrator and enhance the capability to detect pedestrians and obstacles

October 25, 2010

iRobot gets $1.82 million in Seaglider contracts

Seaglider, iRobot's chief ocean-monitoring robot, has received two contracts worth $1.82 million combined, iRobot announced a few minutes ago. While any contract here is good news, to date the company's multi-million-dollar investment in oceangoing robots has yet to pay off. The company lost out on a major Navy contract a while back. I think there is still potential here, given the Seaglider's

October 23, 2010

Colin Angle interviewed by Wired

iRobot CEO Colin Angle was interviewed by Wired this week and expounded on several topics, including his friendship with Google co-founder Larry Page (Angle was at Page's wedding), who he credits with Google's "gratuitous" robotic vehicle venture, his vision for providing most health care in the home via telepresence robots and sophisticated sensors, and his disdain for robotic toys. Worth a

October 20, 2010

iRobot Playing Key Role Developing Advanced Robotic Arm for DARPA

DARPA's reference robot IEEE Spectrum has a well-done, in-depth report on DARPA's advanced robotic manipulator arm project at this link. The project includes various teams competing to provide the best hardware and software on the project, but iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) is the only private company competing, and one of just two teams competing in both hardware and software categories.

October 18, 2010

Gold-Plated Roomba Robot Shown during iRobot CEO Colin Angle's Visit to Japan

Bling is back, I guess. I never thought I'd see a 24K-gold Roomba, until now. I mean, it's a vacuum cleaner people! Aren't we supposed to be in a recession? Isn't gold at like $1,400 an ounce? 24K Gold Plated Roomba The pictured gold-plated Roomba, which looks like a modified Roomba 560, was shown during a recent visit by iRobot CEO Colin Angle to Japan (Google translated Japanese page). The

October 17, 2010

Next Generation EOD Robots Planned by Navy to Fight IED Threat

The Navy just posted a presolicitation notice that they will be posting preliminary requirements for a key competition for part of the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS). According to the notice, they see a family of three robots all sharing the same controllers and software. There will be three variants — a 35-pound "dismounted" one, i.e. soldiers walking without their

October 16, 2010

iRobot Packbot Video Shows Aware 2 Software and Hardware Upgrades

As iRobot announced a $14 million order for upgrades to its FasTac line of PackBots last week, the company released a video on YouTube detailing the many upgrades they have developed, including the Aware 2 software, controllers, various arms, grippers, cameras, lights, and more. Take a look:

iRobot's Maryellen Abreu's run-in with TreeHugger

Maryellen Abreu, iRobot's director of technical support, impresses in this YouTube clip from a customer service forum in which she discusses how she dealt with the infamous TreeHugger fiasco. An iRobot customer service rep told a caller, who happened to write for TreeHugger, to throw a nonworking Roomba in the trash instead of recycling it. She tells the story starting at around 4:07 in this clip

Roomba Sumo Wrestling — in the Baltics

Roomba wrestling in Tallinn, Estonia, via YouTube: Yes, the Roomba phenomenon is global.

October 15, 2010

Evolution Robotics CEO talks Mint Cleaner with Botjunkie

Evan Ackerman at Botjunkie interviewed Evolution Robotics' CEO Paulo Pirjanian about the Mint cleaner, the company's vision for the future, and iRobot's Celestial Navigation Patent for its dominant Roomba line of robotic vacuums. The Mint Cleaner from Evolution Robotics Pirjanian talked with Evan about his idea for building a simple, quiet Swifferbot with advanced navigation capabilities, his

December 25, 2009

NXT Turing Machine

In 1948 Alan Turing described a Logical Computing Machine with the following definition: "An infinite memory capacity obtained in the form of an infinite tape marked out into squares on each of which a symbol could be printed. At any moment there is one symbol in the machine; it is called the scanned symbol. The machine can alter the scanned symbol and its behavior is in part determined by that

October 31, 2009

The Halloween Spiderbot

Halloween Spiderbot

Just in time for Halloween, an amateur robotics hobbyist who goes by the handle WGhost9 posted some video in the Trossen Robotics forum of his latest creation: a six-legged, jack-o’-lantern-headed robot.

The inventor of the robot calls his creation the Creeper2, and has designed it with expansion in mind. “The Creeper2’s large body contains expansion slots for 3 additional servos for adding navigational sensors, a head, small mandibles, or even a camera,” WGhost9 explains in his forum post.

Check out the original post here and watch the video below for more info.

December 11, 2008

WALL-E

Just a cool little tidbit I picked up on while surfing around, someone has come up with a Mindstorms NXT version of the robot WALL-E from the new upcoming Pixar movie! I can't wait to see the flick and this only makes me want to see it even more!Check it out here.

NXT Log Challenge: Bug Bot

A few months ago in April, the LEGO Mindstorms website sported a brand new feature - building contests. The first two contests included a FLL robot and a quadruped walker. Now for the third challenge, LEGO wants to see you build your best bug bot! Your challenge is to design a NXT Insect or a NXT robot that can fight pesky pests.Your insect creations are judged on a few different aspects

New IR Seeking Sensor

HiTechnic has done it again with the introduction of their newest sensor: The NXT IRSeeker. The new sensor does exactly what it is named for: it seeks out infrared light sources. Outfitted with an array of infrared sensors, the IRSeeker has a 135 degree field of vision. With the multiple sensors inside, the IRSeeker can display approximately where and how far away an IR light source is from the

Mindstorms Cellular Bluetooth NXT Control

With the addition of the bluetooth technology in the Mindstorms NXT system a whole new area of control was opened. The guys over at LEGO have introduced bluetooth support for the Mindstorms NXT system in the area of bluetooth enabled cell phones.Recently, LEGO has made available their NXT Mobile Application that allows you to control your robot wirelessly via bluetooth technology. According to

December 23, 2007

Top Five NXT Videos on Youtube

WiigoBotLego Mindstorms NXT SegwaySPC (Self Parking Car)NXT Rubik's cube solver - Final versionDanny's Mindstorms NXT Rubik Cube Solver

December 09, 2007

NXT Warehouse

Here is a cool project I ran across while browsing YouTube. A group of software creators used the NXT system to create a fully functioning warehouse environment.

December 05, 2007

Mindstorms Building Instructions

I've seen some really cool robots created over the past few years. Alot of times I try to emulate their creations and make them myself. The problem however is that I just can't seem to nail down exactly how the robot was put together.Recently I stumbled upon a website that has a pretty creative idea of showcasing robots and giving users the exact instructions on how to build them. The website is

November 08, 2007

Babies With Robots

"Researchers at the University of Delaware are providing safe mobility to children with special needs who are unable to fully explore the world on their own through the development of kid-sized robots that infants can drive using joysticks."

"Infants with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and other disorders can have mobility limitations that disconnect them from the ongoing exploration that their peers enjoy."

“If these infants were adults, therapists would have options of assistive technology such as power wheelchairs,” James C. (Cole) Galloway, associate professor of physical therapy says.

"The tiny robot is ringed with sensors that can determine the obstacle-free roaming space, and will either allow infants to bump obstacles or will take control from the infant and drive around the obstacle itself. The next prototype, UD2, will build on the current technology to provide additional control to a parent, teacher or other supervising adult."

Obviously the next step would be to make a giant car-crushing biped with a little baby seat inside. Don't worry - the giant baby-driven monster will never be allowed to escape into a busy downtown to rip corners off sky scrapers and toss city buses through plate glass windows.


Babies learn to ride robots at UD

July 21, 2007

Brickshelf is Back!

No, this isn't some awful joke meant to ruin your day, Brickshelf is really back from the dead! The boys at Brickshelf had this to say:"Notice: Brickshelf will not be shutting down!We will be offering "featured" accounts for $5/month shortly. We have received hundreds of supportive emails in the past few days including many who said they would like to contribute financially but did not know how.