Don’t forget about the RoboGames coming up June 16-18th in San Franciso, USA. Tickets and pricing information are here. $55/$40 for a three-day pass, and $20/$15 for a one day. Here’s a video on YouTube about the games. Should be awesome. Anyone going?
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I recently found this article entitled, “The Great Battery Shootout” comparing various brands of recharable batteries. The article is a bit old (last update, Jan 1, 2005) and it’s specifically targeted at digital camera users, it’s still highly interesting and informative for us robot builders.
RoombaDevTools.com is a great way to get started hacking your Roomba. You can read a review of the RooStick (at left) over at TodBot.com. It allows you to easily connect your computers USB port up to the Roomba’s serial hacker interface. Other nifty products include the RooTooth, which lets you communicate with the Roomba via […]
Here’s a fun link for your Friday enjoyment – a rollar skating Robo-One. A quick check over to our favorite Japanese-related robot site, Robots Dreams, revealed more information. The robot, named Plen, has 18 degrees of freedom and stands 9 inches tall. It retails for about $2,000 USD. More information and video of Plen are […]
LEGO has officially announced that the firmware for the NXT will be open source. In addition, they will be releasing developer kits for hardware, software, and bluetooth. From the press release: The Software Developer Kit will include the NXT driver interface specification and necessary tools for creating third-party programming environments. The Hardware Developer Kit will […]
Tom Atwood, over at Robot Magazine, has put a review of the Robotis Bioloid “edutainment” robot kit on their website. You can also find more information on Robotis’ website, though, be warned that it’s a Korean company and the “English” version is a bit confusing. ROBOT Magazine recently took a close look at two Robotis […]
Jim Kelly, over at our favorite LEGO Mindstorms NXT blog, The NXT Step, is putting together a “shopping list” of questions that folks have about Mindstorms NXT and the Mindstorms Development Program (MDP). Jim is one of the lucky few that actually made it into the program. However, the MDPers are under an official gag-order […]
I recently found two interesting articles on pathfinding. The first one, Using Genetic Programming to Evolve a Better Pathfinding Algorithm, is specifically targeted to video games, but easily applicable to robots. The second one, A* Pathfinding for Beginners, is platform agnostic and is a good primer to the popular A* pathfinding algorithm.