Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

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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Robot World 2010 – Robot eye candy galore

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

As many know, we were recently at IRC 2010 in Korea. What even we ourselves didn’t know is that Robot World was going to be in Hall 2 right next to us. Robot World was packed full of amazing robots. Almost no one spoke English so we can”t tell you what they do, but we did run around taking lots of pictures and video to bring back for everyone. Enjoy, and try not to drool on your keyboard. One thing is clear, Korea knows how to make some cool robots.

IRC2010 in Korea- Too Much Robotic Awesome For One Show.

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

We’re still reeling from our trip to Korea; jet-lag, last minute flu bugs, and a tad too much Soju really did a number on us. One thing is for sure- Asia has the US beat handily on robotic presence. What we didn’t know when heading to the competition was that IRC2010 also was attached to Robotworld 2010, the single largest Robotics Convention we’ve ever seen. Literally hundreds of booths and double or even triple that number of robots ran wild in a convention hall bigger than an aircraft hanger. It’s going to take us a few weeks to sort through all the video, but we’ll give you a sneak peak at the hundreds of pictures we took. There is some SERIOUS robot-eye-candy in these galleries, be sure to check it out.

Hall 1 Gallery – This is mostly the competition pictures.

Hall 2 Gallery – This is the convention hall. They had robots we didn’t even know existed.

And here’s a few choice pics for those of you too lazy to check out the above linked galleries!

Ever Wanted To Design Your Own Giant Robot!?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

NorHACKton is offering a very interesting design competition. Design your own robot! If your robot design is selected it will be made into a 10ft tall sculpture! Plus your design will be built during January through February 2011 with a regularly updated blog on its progress to boot. However, you must visit NorHACKton for all the details and rules. Here are some examples to help get your ideas rolling. Good luck to everyone!

Example 1Example 2Example 3

GIANT ROBOTS!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Technically there is only one GIANT ROBOT. I have nothing to say that can top the title, so here is a video of a GIANT ROBOT, aka Japan’s 1:1 scale Gundam, with some awesome time-lapse footage of the sky behind it (though I suggest you check it out in HD directly on youtube for full effect).

GIANT ROBOTS!

Arduino: The Documentary (trailer)

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

If you’ve read the internet at all in the last 2 years, you’re probably well familiar with the Arduino Microcontroller movement. This simple micro has brought together industries from every stretch of the world, bringing physical computing to the mainstream. Robots, 3D Printers, CNCs, data-loggers, LED Blinking, Clocks, UAVs, you name it- the Arduino can do it. Coming this summer, you’ll get to see how the grassroots movement all started, and how the Arduino become the DIY world’s most popular microcontroller!

TRAILER Arduino: The Documentary (available on HD) from gnd on Vimeo.

JJ Abrams Bringing “Boilerplate” to Big Screen

Friday, July 30th, 2010

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It’s like Forest Gump Meets Short Circuit or something. We assume many of our readers are also JJ Abrams fans, so it looks like these two world meet in one of his new projects. Heat Vision reports:

“Boilerplate” purports to tell the story of the world’s first robot, who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia, journeyed to the South Pole and was involved in the silent movie business before disappearing on the battlefields of World War I.

Via I Watch Stuff

Low Cost Headset Reads Thoughts for Brain HID

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

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File this under “WOW this technology is advancing nicely”

Tan Le gives a product demo at TED of their EPOC Headset. Jump to about five and half minutes in for the good stuff.

Nice job Emotiv!

TED talk Link

Product Link

The Holy Grail of Robotics

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Man’s ultimate goal in robotics has been officially achieved. PR2 from Willow Garage can now fetch beer. I guess this spells the end of the entire robotics industry, there is nothing left to achieve. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go cry tears of joy. Big, manly, tears of joy.

Korean Robot Games Festival!

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I was lucky enough to attend the 2010 Korean Robot Games Festival, and let me tell you; it was an absolute blast! I’ve never before seen so many humanoid robots under one roof, and the competition there was really fierce. Builders from all over S. Korea, Japan, and a number of visitors from across the globe showed up for the Humanoid Kung-Fu tournament held there. Everything from smaller Bioloid bots to the massive Red Devil (which stood close to 3 feet tall and weighed well over 20lbs!) duked it out!

Here is a quick video that highlights some of the cool stuff to be seen there, be sure to check out our photo gallery as well!