Archive for September, 2010

AIST’s Latest Humanoid “HRP-4” is AMAZING!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’m nearly at a complete loss of words at this humanoid robot. WOW. Absolutely brilliant show of progress for humanoids across the globe. It’s not just the movement, it’s how compact the entire robot is. No bulky joints, backpack, etc. Very slim, aesthetically pleasing humanoid robot!

More info found here!

Win Prizes at CodeProject

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


There is another place to win robot prizes now. The awesome peeps at CodeProject have opened a brand new section dedicated to hardware programming and there are prizes for the best articles. You will never guess what the prizes are and who donates them. Done guessing? Right! US! We are like the Santa of robots. RoboSanta if you will.

CodeProject is a tremendous resource for programmers with something like 850 zillion articles and 1 billion users. Hardware is new to them however and they need to kickstart that area. This is a good opportunity for our network of experienced hardware builders to write some articles and help spread robotics to a new crowd.

Don’t forget you can win big prizes at our DIY Project Contest too which is running now.

DIY Vacuum Forming!

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Need a plastic shell for your robot!? Do it yourself and make your own vacuum former like some of the people in our forum. Some of these people have decided to take vacuum forming into their own hands. They have created custom vacuum forming machines, some seem to be a little over engineered and some aren’t too pretty, but they still get the job done.

Fun fact: Vacuum forming was used in the creation of the very first storm trooper armor in Star Wars.

Click on the pictures for more info!

DIY Vacuum Forming

DIY Vacuum Forming

DIY Vacuum Forming