The Pulse - 2008w50
December 15, 2008
Looking in from the outside
Outside of LetsMakeRobots.com there seems to exists an entire World Wide Web. Teaming with interesting places. I am in the habit of checking some of them several times a week. HackedGadgets.com is one of them. Just a few days ago it featured a certain robot that plays drums. No, not that one. A different one. It also turned up on the MakeZine Blog. Which led to an appearance on Gizmodo. Lots of kudos for Calculon320 from the people who know where to read the interesting blogs.
I am not sure who saw Calculon's bot first or who started this flurry of publicity. But someone is definitely watching us here!
Search engines are fun
Inspired by this chain of links, I decided to do a bit of digging. Could not find any more links to the drumbot, so I decided to just google another famous LMR project. Well, I did not track back to LMR, but I did learn about a duo of film directors who call their collective Walter Robot. "Walter" even has its own page on wikipedia. And two of their film productions even include an "actual" robot.
Furthermore someone made up a cute, but unimaginative backronym W.A.L.T.E.R. And finally somewhere out there, in some robotlab, wanders a real scientific robot (pdf) with the same name. I'm guessing it did not have to kill any professional power tools for a drive system. Or ever have as much fun.
Here's a bit of homework for you. If you were to write
I repeat: not unthinkable!