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 […]
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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.
Recently, Jim, over at The NXT Step blog let me know he’d added GoRobotics.net to his blogroll. Since we don’t currently have a blogroll, the “nxt” best thing is to give him a shout-out in a post! The NXT Step is now on my feed list. It’s a great site for information about about LEGO’s […]
“The street finds its own use for things. It’s all in the mix.” — William Gibson Feral Robotic Dog project is proof of this. It started with Natalie Jeremijenko, who advocated hacking robotic dogs and using them as a tool for exploring the environment. These wild dogs in effect became low cost sensor platforms, their […]
In a tribute to Joseph Weisenbaum, Andrianne Wortzel has wired up a Robosapien to a chatbot and a webcam. The Robosapien sits in the studio and provides psychoanalysis over the Web. The project is Eliza Redux and is named after Weisenbaum’s famed Eliza. Curious idea, though more as an art piece than a technology triumph. […]
Here is a link that recently came to our attention: Crab Fu Steam Toys! If you have ever wondered what would happen if a Gakken Mechamo Centipede or Mechamo Crab was crossed with a steam engine, Crab Fu shows the way. There are videos of these creations in action. As an aside, the downside of […]
Robert from Nurmijarvi Finland has created a robotic allosaurus. There are pictures of the construction on his website, along with an English description of the project. The robot is 8ft (2.5m) long, 5ft (1.6m) tall, and weights 55lb (25kg). It uses 13 motors to move and is wirelessly controlled via a radio link. It has […]
Do not miss the new up-to-date and detailed How to Build a Robot – Grand Tutorial Series. The following article will show you how to build a simple robot, called “The Beetle Robot”, created by Jerome Demers. It’s great for beginners and is easy to do. Before starting, I suggest you to read the complete tutorial […]