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Two robots to do our dirty work
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Friday, 06 May 2011 00:00
( -- Today's tale of robots is a double feature. That is right, we are going to look at not one, but two of the bots who are making our lives not only more interesting, but safer. The digital eyes and ears of the future are here today! Let's get a sneak peek.


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Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 00:44
Bluetooth Keyboard Controls Dancing Hexapod
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 14:26

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Presently, production of robots of different types and functions are rapidly created to help people make their life easier. We can even imagine how the world would look like on the next decade to come. That is – robots do most of the work that people used to do. Most of the bots ...

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2011 01:50
Prospero, a Robotic Farmer
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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 00:00

Dave builds this intriguing agriculture robot. Are a swarm of robots like this the future of farming? 

Prospero is the working prototype of an Autonomous Micro Planter (AMP) that uses a combination of swarm and game theory and is the first of four steps. It is meant to be deployed as a group or “swarm”. The other three steps involve autonomous robots that tend the crops, harvest them, and finally one robot that can plant, tend, and harvest–autonomously transitioning from one phase to another.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 April 2011 00:26
SVI-2000 Robotarm Control with Picaxe
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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 00:00
The Quick Shot SVI-2000 Robot arm was manufactured in the mid-1980s as a toy/educational trainer. It is similar to the modern OWI Robot Arms but it came fully assembled and not as a kit. The unit could optionally be controlled by a cartridge plugged into an MSX computer and manipulated with the ROGO programming language which was similar to LOGO. The other way to operate the arm was with two Atari style joysticks. The arm itself was manufactured by SpectraVideo a.k.a. SVI. They manufactured the QuickShot line of  joysticks. SpectraVideo went out of business in 1988.

The arm has five degrees of movement. There are five small DC motors, each connected to plastic gears. There is one motor in the base, two in the "shoulder" joint and two in the "elbow." The wrist and gripping action are controlled by motors in the elbow attached to long rods so as to keep weight out of the end of the arm. There are no sensors for position feedback.

There is also a light on top of the elbow joint that illuminates only when the gripper opens and closes.

The arm is fun but not especially fast moving.

Let the modding begin!


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Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 23:59
Drink Making Unit 2.0
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Friday, 01 April 2011 11:09

Evilmad has an intoxicating new mixology robot. An upgrade from their first drink making unit. Like the name it is simple and beautifully clear what it does. Click the link below to read how they built it.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 23:47
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