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The Pulse - 2008w50

LMR on the Brain
Sensing the living LMR community since 2008w43.

pwr

You  people  (and Iare  positively  completely  obsessed  with  powerNow  how  about  that  wiki?

power

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!

drumbot

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.

missed the boat

Final thoughts

Here's a bit of homework for you. If you were to write The Pulse 2008W53 (which is not at all unthinkable), which of last year's highlights would you definitely include? Apart from LMR getting started of course.

I repeat: not unthinkable!

LoseMarblesRabidly!

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Another excellent installment.

Your right Rik, we have been obsessed with power and I suppose Frits is also right about the tech talk. Then again none of our bots work without power and tech talk lets us solve problems. 

Is it possible to make a non technical, arty robot that doesn't use power? I suppose there was canbot. And then I found an old Japaneese Origami master racing a smartmouth computer to build a robot.

 

There are ones I've seen that use kinetic energy to move. A company in japan devised a table that when an item was set down on it, it rolled to another location, and when that item was lifted, it went back to where it started.

I can't remember how much, but it saved them quite a bit in electricity compared to having a standard assembly line.

You guys are talking tech even when you try not to!

Kinetic energy, nor solar cells are about the idea, the concept!

Yes, YDM used power, and Picaxe.. But that was secondary. And so is the kinetic or whatever to the skating whatever, if you catch me ;)

 

However, it's way cool that you are there, techies! i just long for some of the stuff that I can relate to (read: understand) :) 

It takes all sorts (to make robots)!

great summary as usual :P
is of course really this one. (not the start here bot)

Yay, there is a lot of electronics-talks on the site, not so much on creations IMHO.

I know I am to blame as well, not submitting, nor inventing - my life does not permit me to be constructing much these days.

Where I the only arty, or are you fella arties out there making stuff?Shall the site be a techie-site? Fight back!