Watch this amazingly cool pole climbing robot, that is able to create urban graffity art taggings on public poles. The climbing robot is drawing while climbing up and down the pole. AKIRA, the author of the video who studied computer science, art and cultural studies at International Christian University Tokyo, calls his projects ‘experiments in urban intervention’, which means to tactically hack into your urban environments to create urban art. At the moment AKIRA is working as a freelance coder, engineer and artist in Tokyo. You can find more of his fantastic work on his site Ampontang.com.
California-based Double Robotics has published a self balancing Telepresence Robot Double balances an iPad on top in order to enable people to virtually visit museums anywhere worldwide. By connecting to this Double telepresence robot you can perform a museum tour by actually driving and looking around with your telepresence avatar robot. This could also be a great device for virtual meetings or telepresence tours/visits in companies and between project teams. The robot is able to move around and to elevate the iPad at the normal height of your eyes in order to get a good overview. By using the camera, microphone and speaker a remote conversation with other real or telepresence avatars is possible. The robot contains a battery that lasts for a tour of around 8 hours, which is quite enough to nearly visit any museum, except maybe The Louvre or the Vatican Museam in which you barely scrap the surface with an 8 hour visit 😉
Its amazing what progress AIST, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), made in their effort to design humanoid robots. This HRP-4C humanoid robot, friends call her Miim, is able to walk a line like a human being. She is able to stretch her knees by up/down motion of the waist. Also the single-toe supports longer strides as well as the swing motion of human legs. Technical details for Miims design was presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems and is published in the paper proceedings 2011 IEEE/RSJ.
This noodle slicing robot not only looks quite cool when slicing your noodles, it also became a bestseller for noodle restaurants. Cui Runguan, a Beijing inventor and restaurateur, has created a robot noodle chef for slicing noodles. The robot consists basically of an automated dough-shaving knife built into a charming retro-robot shell with blinking eye-lights. The resaurants get large profit by treating the noodles as “hand-cut by a mechanical person” and not as “sliced by an industrial machine.” Robot chefs taking over China’s noodle bars (via Kottke)
Despite the fact, that there are already some Quadcopter and Tricopter designs out there (see Mapmaking Quadcopter, Quadcopter), the creator of this Tricopter accomplished to build a fully functional and quite agile model without spending more than 100$. Even the cheapest Quadcopters cost at least several hundred dollars. His Tricopter design builds upon cheap body parts from a local hardware store, such as a wooden Tricopter body. [via Hackedgadgets]
TangiBot, the latest clone design of the popular Makerbot 3D printer, should offer the same performance and features as the original printer, by 33% reduced costs. Matt Strong, the creator of the clone MakerBot 3D printer Kickstarter pledge, tries to rise 500K $ for his project. Matt describes himself as an 3D printing enthusiast who is creating and printing stuff since several years now. TangiBot is one of the latest initiatives in the hyped area of desktop fabrication. Citing Kickstarter you can TangiBot for 1.254 bucks directly shipped to your door worldwide. The TangiBot prints anything you can imagine out of ABS plastic (and PLA). ABS is the same plastic used in Lego. You can design your own parts using free tools like tinkerCAD.com or Google Sketchup.
Platforms like Tingiverse offer thousands of open source 3D printing designs for all kind of purposes, ranging from play figures to machinery parts.
Beside the hyped 3D printing technology other similar projects try to establish desktop assembly and fabrication. PopFab for example implements a portable multitool robot for assembly and processing steps such as drilling, painting or even customized toolheads.
If these little helpers would not cost as much as a laptop, i definitely would have already one cruising around in front of my house. As one of a series of companies, Honda has recently announced a new robotic lawn-mower model, called Miimo. It is able to cut 2-3mm of grass in several runs during a week of operation. Miimo navigates through a combination of timers, controls and sensors and of course around your buried no-go wire line. Miimo is powered by a high performance lithium-ion battery. It is self-charging, constantly monitoring its battery level and returning to its docking station when it needs to recharge. Here you can find the original Honda press release.
This color changing and amorphic creature was invented by DARPA researchers with the goal to create a low-cost silicon based moving bot. The creature uses air and fluid to control its movement and color changes. By using different fluid colors this bot is able to change its color depending on the underlying surrounding. The researches say that this silicon based robot is able to move around 40 meters per hour, or up to 67 meters without the fluids.
One of the actual challenges of this development is to also integrate the power source as well as all mechanisms for producing air and liquid pressure. At this stage of development these parts are controlled from external.
Despite the fact that it is a really simple and cheap design, i really love this creation of a magnetic whiteboard eraser bot that’s built with Lego parts and a simple Atmel microcontroller, which acts as brain controller. Le Zhang and Michael Lathrop, both senior students at Cornell had this nice idea how to efficiently clean your professors whiteboard 🙂 The entire robot consits of a magnet that holds the robot ontop of the whiteboard, an accelerometer sensor for controlling the direction of movement and some microswitches to sense the edge of the board.
I wish i had such a robot for cleaning the windows for my house or for removing the dust of solar panels to get more energy out of them. If you know such robots please comment below this post and give us your information!
Laurens Valk, the author of several Lego Mindstorm Engineering books (The Unofficial Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 Inventor’s Guide and The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book), recently published an update for his Segway Lego Mindstorm bot. The new design is running with one wheel only: an Unicycle. It uses the standard drivers from his previous design with some minor modifications. Beside his Mechanical Engineering studies, Laurens published a number of robotic books as well as some really amazing Lego designs.