Let's Make Robots!

Honey, don't forget to empty the robot's litter tray...

Here is an article about EcoBot robots that use microbes found in soil, water and rotten fuit to generate their energy need to go about doing their daily activity. At the end of the day they actually crap their waste out in a litter box. Seems the robots are about to go green and off-grid, who are we waiting for?

1000 Free chipKIT Max32 boards for competition entrants

Check this out:

http://www.designspark.com/chipkitchallenge

Nice prizes and a free dev board from Microchip. I am not a user of Microchip products, so it would take a lot of time to learn for me to participate, but I thought others micht have an easier journey.

Good luck!

Make: Taiwan - Arduino based Robot by Jay Yu aka hardmouse

I stumbled upon a page written in chinese by our member hardmouse for Make: Taiwan. It shows a nice robot featuring an Arduino and my Robot Builder's Shield, with a lot of personality as hardmouse is usualy building. Since he did  not share it with us, I thought of doing it myself. I suggest you guys go to read the chinese page in Google Chrome (it will offer to translate it for you) because you'll have a a good time trying to understand the funy way the words are arranged in chinese.

Flying sphere

The japanese have done it again. This time it's a flying sphere. I want one!

Check it out:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=153_1311013771

The Lego Monster Chess Project

I saw this video on Youtube and it let me speechless... I know who is the mastermind behind the project and after I visited his website I found out I know several other members as well.

ModKit: new graphical programming environment for Arduino boards

I heard about a new graphical environment for Arduino boards, called ModKit, ready to emerge from alpha testing. Want to teach your kids (or a club) to program their Arduino robots? This is the best tool for the task. Easy to use blocs stack together much like the old Lego Mindstorms GUI, making programming fun to explore. Then you can see the generated Arduino code, modify it if needed and upload it directly from the browser. Oh, did I mention you can use it online?

The Lego Great Ball Contraption

Robotics people sometimes are asked to be a Robot Show presenter. They look for ideas of what might get people interested in robotics. Here is an idea of a great show built using Lego robots and other contraptions, called the Cooperative Cybernetic Crate Contraption, by the SMART group, but one can be inventive and build something similar, probably less spectacular, using regular robots and contraptions.

Selling my ER1 hardware

Hi guys, I decided to sell my ER1 hardware, preferably as a whole and not part by part. This is the ER1 pack ($150):

Busy bees... see quads at work

See the quads at work, they are doing better than a crane...

Hacking Chumby One

I came across some posts on a different discussion board about a nice Wireless internet radio clock called Chumby One. I have found out that it has linux inside and is easily hackable to be used as a robot brain. There are already sample bots out there, I have just started to look into it and thought it might be interesting for some of you. I have almost no knowledge of how linux stuff goes and I don't think I can do much with Chumby at the moment, so I will be interested if some of you guys manage to make it your robot's brain. Perhaps using Python? or Processing?