Archive for December 13th, 2010

Hall 1 – IRC Korea 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Some of you saw the Diary Of A Mad Roboticist! post 2 months ago where Andrew and I were getting ready to fly over to Korea and do some humanoid competing. As usual we were biting off way more than we could chew and were building robots up until hours before leaving on a 22 hour trip.  It turned out we were being over zealous as usual too, because the competitions were way more chill than what we expected. So we spent much more of our time meeting people and exploring the wonders of Korea than competing. Andrew did get to do some exhibition matches with the local college students and Giger fell over a lot. Andrew also got a lot of R&D time in with a future humanoid code named Shadow Blade (Video) (all RX-24F servos!) which should be on shelves in 2011. Andrew ALSO did a lot of work on the RX-24/28 PLM robot also coming out in 2011 which will be a “soldier” series bot specifically designed for fighting. Coming later-ish maybe… a 3rd video of Andrew and I exploring Korea. That video needs, um, editing due to copious amounts of soju being consumed during the making.

Previously:

IRC 2010 picture galleries

IRC 2010 hall 2 Video

Pet Laser Dazer

Monday, December 13th, 2010

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Screwing with pets is fun. They are furry and cute but despite what your ex-girlfriend used to go on and on and on about, they really aren’t that smart.  Case in point is the laser game where any seemingly sane cat or dog can be sent into a frenzy over a quickly moving dot of light. Endless fun can be had watching their minds break as they hopelessly chase something they cannot physically grab. This is why humans rule the earth. We should stop showing our children movies where animals talk and are smart, because we are just setting them up for disappointment.

The pet Laser Dazer is a fun project that can be done with the Vision Tracking Starter Kit or the Desktop RoboTurret (need to pick up the laser separate.) The concept is simple, take the age old game of “catch the laser dot” and add robots to the mix! It even works with kids. Watch the end of the video to see Andrew’s daughter throw herself against the wall in excitement. See, robots ARE fun people.

Laser Dazer Demo App can be found here.

ScreenShot:

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