"Yubin Kun" is the first robot to join the human cause in Dr. Daniel H. Wilson's book "Robopocalypse." The only things my Yubin Kun has in common with his namesake are green intention lights and a "crude aluminum arm."
The object of the project was to build a Mac-based autonomous robot with high-utility potential. The video is a hardware demo only, with me controlling it via VNC (basically using the iPad as a remote control.) You can see how simple vision processing would make the unit quite powerful for simple clean up. (I was envisioning something for cancer patients and the elderly-anyone who would have a more than unfair time of picking up the stuff that ends up on everyone's floor.)
The base is a gutted Roomba (first generation), the body was part of a diaper genie, the head was an Airport Base Station, the arm is powered by an HS-805BB servo, and the head and gripper use HS-422s. The Powerbook was purchased with a bad display, which worked to my advantage because I just tore it off anyway, and is interfaced to the robot using Phidgets (a 1061 Advanced Servo and a 1018 Interface Kit 8/8/8.)
While the unit is complete, there is always more programming to do. For example, I'd love to try to port Roborealm to the Mac. Also, anyone with success getting the Phidget 1061 to respond to c or applescript on the Mac, please contact me. However, since I started on the next project, the poor guy has just sat under the workbench waiting for me to recharge his batteries.