Let's Make Robots!

magnetic strip physical feedback

Check this article at hackaday.com The original post was on a myspace-page, but I cant manage to link to the single article

http://hackaday.com/2007/01/21/magnetic-strip-resistor-midi-controller/

OK. Fine! You won. Big deal...

All my projects has been mechanical excercises and/or remote controlled thingys.

And after I posted my first biped here I recieved messages like "It needs a micro controller!" For that reason I've refrained from posting any of my other projects...

I even posted a rant on the forum about that robots might be robots even though they dont have brains.

balancing pegstanding stairclimbing segwaying robot

It starts of as "Just another balancer" copying the segway gait. Then it continiues to roll up its hip and stand on one spine, before it elegantly scoots up the stairs... I'm impressed.

 

The Turbot

So. The Mrs. gave me the Turbot Tumbling Robot from Solarbotics for Christmas.

taking the wallracer to another level

Found this RC car that would make the wallracer robots by Fritsl look like childrens toys..

http://www.geekstuff4u.com/gadgets/aero-spider.html

  Fritsls wallracers are RC-cars that ride along the wall. While these ride ON the wall.

 

 

hacking the digital Sharp IR sensor

Check out this link, Ladyada bought a digital IR sensor by accident, and found a way to turn it into a analog one. Clever!

And an interesting aspect is that the D version is often cheaper than the A versions.

http://www.ladyada.net/rant/2008/10/quick-tip-analog-signal-from-a-digital-distance-sensor/

 

YES it's a robot, NO it doesn't have a microcontroller

I think we need to get of our high horse here and let snyde remarks regarding our own elitism remain silent..

I have seen several comments here stating that a robot has to have brains to be a robot. Now, where is that rule written in stone? Does it have to run around on tabletops, using skid steering, detecting cereal boxes by IR or ultrasound, have blinking LEDs or follow black lines on a piece of cardboard to be a robot?

Price: $2 USD
Here is a quick walk-through on how to get your hands on a really cheap alternative to the GM10s. The motors you get here are not even nearly as cool as the GM10s, … Read more

Robot challenge $100 prize

Crabfu is inviting us all to a $100 challenge. Whoever makes the robot with the most "life".. He wants us to make robots that gives an illusion of character, like cute/bad-ass/mean/angry/cheerfull/nervous or something completly different.

Go ahead: impress, confuse, bedazzle and surprise the judges, and you could win $100 worth of stash from Trossen Robotics.

self balancing bot

check this Self-balancing robot on instructables. It doesn't stand upright for very long, but it's a very good starting point, IMHO.