Archive for October 11th, 2007

Waterhobo: A backyard defense system

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Waterhobo: A backyard defense system


Teenagers keep cutting through your yard without asking? Here is a solution for you. The Waterhobo, a motion triggered water cannon with a webcam to capture the offenders.

From Site “I have met a bunch of my goals in prototype 1, I can shoot about 30 feet and can cover a field of fire of about 30 feet. I can also control the movement of the barrel by a servo and a Phidget device. In this version in the top bunker “Window” I have a web camera mounted to the barrel and it shows the video of what it sees as the barrel moves. I control this all via a web page that was written in C# and using ASP 2.0 with a little bit of Ajax thrown in. But as I have said before media player force me to version 2.”

Waterhobo one shot one kill

Discuss Tim’s project here.

Robots That Are Self-Aware

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

We just received a nice heads up about a video from speaker Hod Lipson’s demonstration at the TED Conference.

Here’s what TED had to say about about Hod:

Engineer Hod Lipson demonstrates and talks about a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate. At the root of this uncanny demo is a deep inquiry into the nature of how living beings learn and evolve, and how we might harness these processes to make things that learn and evolve.

We checked out the video, and I must say, Hod is working on some amazing stuff! I recommend checking this video out; He has a pretty interesting perspective on robotics.

You can download the video here, or check it out on TEDTalk