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Lego NXT autonomous Wall-E robot is the coolest yet

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2008

Lego NXT autonomous Wall-E robotBazmarc from the Trossen Robotics Community Forums has built a Lego Wall-E that kills all others dead. It has more movement, therefore more cuteness. It’s the Lego NXT Autonomous Wall-E Robot! Of course it looks like Wall-E, but also has some impressive features. Like I said, it’s movements blow other Wall-E Lego projects away. The result is that it’s more genuine. It’s a TRC Project Contest entry and though they haven’t even announced the contest yet, I can’t imagine anything else beating this little guy.

Technical specs: Technical specs: 1 Mindstorms NXT with rechargable pack, 3 Lego NXT Servo Motors, 4 Lego PowerFonctions motors, 2 PF IR receiver, 1 UltraSonic sensor, 1 Sound sensor, 1 InfraRed link sensor, (HiTechnic), 1 NXTservo module and 1 mini RC servo, (Mindsensors), 10 AA batteries, Lego parts mainly from the Bulldozer set #8275 and other parts from various technic sets. Check out a short video below.

Doctor Who R/C Dalek exterminates with extreme shine

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 7th, 2008

Doctor Who R/C Dalek exterminates with extreme shine
Check out this limited edition RC Dalek all polished and buffed to blind it’s enemies and make the Doctor stop and check his hair in it’s reflection. This particular Dalek is based on the “Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD” movie. It’s 12-inches tall, radio-controlled and features a pullback motor with realistic Dalek action. I assume that means it yells “exterminate” and generally tries to kill anything different then itself. Also has a built-in speaker that plays you quotes from the movie.

This my friends is shiny Dalek bling for eager geek hands. And since it’s very special and ultra shiny, only 1,000 are made. Should be available in August 2008, and can be pre-ordered for $99.99.

Robotic Stonehenge Clock is always busy

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2008

Robotic Stonehenge Clock is always busy
This awesome “digital” clock was created by Software architect Steve Norris and uses a robot arm and 14 numbered cards to display the current time. Steve obviously does not fear the coming robot apocalypse and isn’t afraid to help it along. The video shows a time update from 12:09 to 12:10.

The upside for humans is that you have an awesome clock that you want to look at, the downside for the robot is that it’s always busy. Never a minute to itself to plot our downfall as it dutifully gives you the time, which I guess is another upside for humans. The robot uses a CrustCrawler Smart Arm and a Parallax Propeller chip to do it’s thing. Consider a kind of visual interpretation of what all clocks do. Just cooler.

Robot rides a bike, may deliver papers & break windows

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2008

Let me say this right off. If there’s one thing we don’t need, it’s bicycle riding robots. It just makes us easier to catch come Robo-Judgement day. That being said, this robot is amazing to watch in action. The Murata Boy was developed in Japan and can ride a bicycle like you and me. Well, actually a whole lot better.

He’s got Gyro Sensors so he can detect position and balance itself accordingly. He can even identify if a surface is uneven, with obstacles or is as smooth as a human’s bottom. It transmits images back to a computer for future reference and analysis. Apparently, this creation is the product of trying to develop a robot that can lift heavy loads and assist in perilous terrain sites. I fully expect to see these chasing people through fiery streets. If not I’ll be disappointed.

“The Shining” starring Tribot & 2 Femisapiens

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2008

Check out this spoof of The Shining with Tribot as Danny and 2 Femisapiens as the twin girls. It’s great for a hearty geek laugh. After seeing this mini movie, I firmly believe that we should be re-creating all sorts of classic movies with robots. All the time. Toy robots. Go on, you know you want to click it.

Remote control robot shops for the elderly

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2008

Remote control robot shops for the elderly
Robot developer tmsuk has unveiled a remote-control robot that will give you a new way to shop from the comfort of your posterior. It’s a prototype of the telerobotic shopper, which is a modified TMSUK-4 humanoid robot that has a variety of cellphone communications technology. They had a demonstration on July 10 at the Izutsuya department store in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan, where it probably made the male robot wait while it tried on clothes and asked if each one made it’s ass look fat.

In the demonstration scenario, a grandmother unable to go shopping with her granddaughter sent the robot to do it for her. Using an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cellphone, the grandmother controlled the robot and did some shopping through the robot’s camera eyes. Surely this is a hoax. A grandmother who can use a cell phone AND a robot? The woman maneuvered the robot to the hat section, eyed what was available, and had her granddaughter model a few for her before deciding which one to purchase.

iRobot files Lawn Mowing Bot patent

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2008

iRobot files Lawn Mowing Bot patent
Our favorite makers of home robots, iRobot, won’t be satisfied until one of their creations kills us dead at home under the guise of cleaning or tidying up. One day your local police will have a special RV unit. That stands for Robotics Victim.

Anywho, iRobot has filed an iPatent for a lawn-mowing robot. It’s an 84-page filing with a variety of configurations, even an all-electric model and gas-electric hybrid. Some have acoustic and optical sensors that would seem to allow the robot to “avoid hard surfaces, water and other barriers”. Look, I’m on board with any bot you wanna put in my home. All I ask is that it’s aware of the fact that my heart pulled through my chest will kill me dead. Well, that and I want it to not be thrilled with that image.

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2008

Beer Barrel R2-D2 Steampunk sculpture
Here’s what you get when a mad scientist from the 19th century creates a droid. The only thing missing is C3PO in a gentleman’s suit and bowler. It was made by Deviant Art user Amoebabloke, who has mad droid modding talent.

It’s got to be one of the cooler steampunk projects I’ve seen. In fact I want this droid to have it’s own show, solving crimes in Victorian London, meeting Jack the Ripper etc. Have my people call your people.

Wall-E Robot TV Game

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2008

Wall-E Robot TV Game
Wall-E opens today and one reason for Wall-E mania is that he’s just so darn cute. Which is why this item, even though it’s likely craptastic, is worth getting. I mean you can’t have too many Wall-Es in your home right?

The device comes with four games and plugs directly into your TV only needing 4 x AA batteries. You might notice the A and B buttons on his side. It will cost you $19.99 to $29.99 depending on where you get it.

Amp follows you around, plays your tunes

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2008

Amp follows you around, plays your tunesThis bot makes Sony’s Rolly look like the lame dancing egg that it is. AMP stands for Automated Music Personality, from Hasbro’s Tiger Electronics and Sega Toys, and it’s here to dance, follow you around with music and look just plain awesome.

It’s got Segway-like legs that dance to the beat of any MP3 player via a 3.5mm jack. Also sports 49 LEDs that shine nicely too, because bots have to have lights. The A.M.P. has touch-sensitive DJ scratching pads and 62 sound effects built in so you can jazz up your songs, and an IR sensor so he will follow you from room to room and keep the music with you at all times.

LEGO Wall-E: It had to happen

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2008

LEGO Wall-E: It had to happen
We knew it had to happen sooner or later. And it will happen often from here on out. Geeks love LEGO and we also love adorable robots. Building a LEGO Wall-E is serious business too. Joe Meno, editor of Brickjournal magazine, took three months planning it and the end result is a beautiful thing to behold. The end result is a Lego robot with a moving neck and arms, plus rolling treads. Wall-E was cute already. In Lego form he’s twice as awesome. But what about Eve?

Sega kissing robot soon to hit Japan

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2008

Sega kissing robot soon to hit Japan
Today, Sega Toys announced their plans to start selling a new humanoid robot in Japan, named E.M.A., on September 26th. E.M.A. stands for “Eternal, Maiden, Actualization” Translated that means, “Hi nerd. Here’s your new companion.”

The robot is of the female persuasion and stands at 38 cm tall. According to Sega, the E.M.A. is special because of her “glamorous body” and because she’s highly interactive. (Translation:Only a nerd could love that body and she kinda puts out.) She’ll sing and dance, hand out your business cards, even walk “like a lady”. I wasn’t kidding when I said she puts out. She won’t go all the way, though I’m sure some of you will force the issue, but she will kiss you if your head comes into close contact with her. That’s when the love mode switches on.

Make your own paper R2-D2

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2008

Make your own paper R2-D2
A long time ago in a galaxy far away…someone used the Death Star plans to build a paper droid and messed up the whole rebel plan. And so can you, if you have an ink jet printer, some scissors and glue.

It’s pretty accurate for paper, looks pretty awesome, plus it’s articulated. And if you really want to prove your paper droid making skills, you can use vector-based PDF plans to print and build your own life-sized R2 unit, but don’t let the Empire get a hold of the plans.

Build your own Wall-E robot with storage compartment

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2008

Build your own Wall-E robot with storage compartment
All of you lonely nerds whose robots have committed boticide because they couldn’t handle another MST3K marathon (or maybe they are just plain sexed out) can now take heart. You can now build Wall-E, the ultimate in robot cuteness. That’s right, you can have a friend once again. Someone to love forever and ever. He’s even got a little storage area in his chest for your porn collection or whatever. The original creator of this DIY Wall-E wrote a 50 step tutorial to make it easy. Go build one now. Then show us your robot. Be sure to check out the video below.

Retro robot USB flash drives launch

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2008

Retro Robot USB flash drives launch
If you love robots like I do, you’ll notice very quickly the complete lack of robot flash drives. Where’s the robot love? Team is doing something about that with their “T-Bot R50″ robot-shaped flash drives that were shown off at the Computex event. Looks like they’ll come in 1GB,2GB,4GB and 8GB sizes. You can choose between red, white, blue or black. They have a cool retro look.