iRobot released their new soft blob morphing robot this past Tuesday. The amazing shape-shifter has the ability to squeeze
Real life transformer, OmniZero, can climb a ladder, perform somersaults, jump rope, crack eggs, battle other robots, and best of all, carry a person. Witness all of these actions of the various OmniZero prototypes in the video gallery below.
This amazing ball catching robot named TOTO (Tracking of Thrown Objects) has been built to speed up "fully automated production systems...where parts will be transported between workstations by robotic throwing and catching".
For some reason I find this hilarious. This chair's got perseverance. Sure, he's slow, but it's worth the wait. More information at Robotic Chair.
Wu Yulu's life story belongs in a Disney movie. The 46-year-old Chinese farmer has built 26 robots over the past 30 years, with no education beyond high school. He says he loves his robots more dearly than his own sons and rides around his village in a robot powered rickshaw.
The web's favorite robotics company, MIT's Boston Dynamics, never fails to instill truly animal-like qualities into its famed creations. We giggled (slightly guiltily) when poor Big Dog took a tumble on the ice. Now as we watch Little Dog climb, cautious as a puppy, and subsequently drop, exhausted, at the end of each run, we can't help but anthropomorphize Big Dog's counterpart. Previously, Robot Dog Prepares for World Domination.
Hell, yeah! Play with your food. This android hand is the brainchild of a collaboration including Robo250, the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the Mattress Factory and MAYA Design, Inc.
What is in store for the future? Flying cars? Maybe. Dinner in a pill? Perhaps. How about 4-legged army tank robot dogs? Hell ya!
Check out this Make Magazine segment on building mini robots. Then you can move onto huge ones like Big Dog!
This week I made the tinyCylon kit from the Maker Shed. It's a fun little project that has a lot of cool light patterns programmed onto the chip. this is a tiny programmable robot from Make Magazine.
Arachnophilia and technosexuals rejoice. This whimsical, skittering robot takes only 5 minutes of tinkering.
This scorpion toy was constructed by Make Magazine with a Twitchie Robot Kit. If you're afraid of real life scorpions this friendly toy might help you get used to them. His plush body is made from some fabric aiming to make him look like an Arizona bark scorpion, which are tan/yellowish/translucent. Twitchie is Arduino powered and comes pre-programmed, so it's an excellent kit for beginners in robotics, because no programming is required! You can download and modify the code if you want, and ...
Illah Nourbakhsh of Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute teaches you how to set up and use your Gigapan robotic system. Watch all four videos to see the process from start to finish. Learn how to use the Gigapan robotic system by watching this video tutorial.
Here's how to make an electric motor with some wire. It looks like a cool spider.
Herbie the Mousebot is a very quick, easy-to-build, light-chasing robot kit, perfect for beginners. This little robot is so quick, you have to run to keep up with him! This is from make magazine.
This is a three part video on how to make a swashbot robot. Check it out! Part 1 of 3 - How to Build a Swashbot robot.
This robot is BEAM bot inspired. First we build up the Motor Drive, an excellent and cheap Robot Bot-Base. We start with the Tamiya kit, get it going, then strap on a battery and a drag wheel, center the drag wheel. Tape it all in place with bright yellow tape and make a BEAM Bot with batteries. Plans for this BEAM framework are to add smarts.
Control an i-SOBOT with a wiimote. This tutorial shows how to do the i-SOBOT Slapping maneuver using Robodance and the Nintendo Wii Remote with Nunchaku attachment.
A video tutorial on how to use the wiimote to control a Lego NXT robot. Link to download GlovePie: http://carl.kenner.googlepages. com/glovepie_download
Check out this video to learn how to make a RepStrap robot. This project entails LOTS of materials. The only way you can learn what to use is by watching.
A five minute film on how to make your own edible robot. Edible robotics is an exciting new field of research into robots as food and prey. This research was supported by Robo250, the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, the Mattress Factory and MAYA Design, Inc.
Mousey the junk bot is a light sensing robot made out of an old computer mouse. Bre Pettis of Make Magazine goes over how the pieces are installed and talks about some mistakes that he wishes he could have avoided. This project requires a drill, a dremel, and soldering skills.
A blinky bug is a small electro-mechanical insect that responds to stimulus, such as movement, vibrations, or air current, by blinking its LED eyes. This video will show you how to make a blinky bug for under 6 dollars and without having to solder.
If you are interested in starting with robotics, than this video is for you. Watch Bre Pettis create his own robot, and in the process learn some basic yet necessary robotic skills.
If you are into self made robotics, chances are that you have a stepper or encoder motor at same point. Bre Pettis shows you how to take apart both of these motors so that you can see what's inside.