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Soft Robots:FinGripper (3D printable project?)

Found this video on Dailymotion while watching old episodes of Dr. Who.  There are some interesting ideas about the safety jacket for example, but what really got my attention was the bio-mimicry and soft-gripper design (at about 3:50-4:30)  I"m not sure I see quite how the internal hinges on the finger are connected-they may be fixed and they may be moving along the walls somehow.  It's a fascinating motion to watch.

Bay of LIES

I don't know if those outside the US experience this as much, but often I'll choose a part or board off of eBay based on the "Ships from" geographical location if I want it sooner than I care about price, but Occasionally something that is shipping from Texas or New Jersey will arrive with a Mandarin shipping label, quite a few days later than the USPS maps indicate it should take it seems. How often do you guys experience this?

Duino-Robotics T-Shirt Saftey Tip

As many times as my wife has snuck up on me while I was soldering, perhaps I should have suggested this when it initially came up:

Me in my sick threads

It doesn't actually fit as well, but if you wear your new T-shirt backwards it may save you a burnt nose.


I think I'm the first (other than Bird himself) to finish a "BirdBoard."  It took maybe 3 hours and some frustration with the convention that has circuit layout software label both caps and jumpers with "C" but check it out-It works!  Now to put it on a robot...  Thanks to both bird and Ossipee for their help on this.  When I make a robot with it I'll tell the whole story again, but suffice it to say this thing really is an elegant little bugger!

Multiple similar distance sensor use for Obstacle Avoidance and Approach

Related to my post this weekend about Robot Size and Methods of Obstacle Avoidance but not limited to larger robots, does anyone's experience with use of multiple distance sensors (either US or IR) support concurrent use or alternatively suggest that the complications caused by their installation, interference with eachother and programming are not worth their addition?

Holds your parts in place with a quick clamp while saving you about $25.
I noticed that whenever I look at the soldering instructions on sites like Adafruit or Sparkfun, they put their boards in something like this:   It's the kind of … Read more

Why is everyone here so good looking?

Not just Kariloy.  I mean, I'm just sayin-this has got to be the most attractive group of robot makers in the world.

Robot Size and Methods of Obstacle Avoidance

I realize that most LMRians are going to have more experience with smaller robots and that I am in the minority here, but for the few that have similar or greater experience with big boys (or relevant experiences and insights from or in related fields) I wondered if I could see if you've noticed the same trends as I have in terms of larger (greater than 25cm in any dimension) Robs and effectiveness of various kinds of near-surface detection.

WANTED:Robot Boss


UPDATE 21 October : 

I'm awarding myself "Dumbass of the Week Award."


I went through a little of the Linux board work that I intended to (got the JDK on the Pi and gave TinHead a headache trying to get the same on the BBB, no love there yet.  I see why Ladvien feels how he does about the BBB and tried to give his to me.)