Here’s a nifty project I found off of Hackaday – how to build your own 16 point (4bit) digital compass. Instead of using the popular 3bit Dinsmore compass the author decided to build his own. The author attached a magnet to a reflective encoding disk. Using four infrared photoreflectors he was able to read the […]
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RoboGames 2006 looks like it was a big success. Here are some stories, videos, and pictures from the event: MAKE Magazin Day 1 MAKE Magazine Day 2 Flickr Photo Pool LaughingSquid.com coverage Geek Intertainment Inverview with ExoSkeleton maker, Monty Reed I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
Lem over at Robots-Dreams has once again brought us some crazy Japanese robot-lovin’. This time it’s Japanese American-Style Robot Football! The teams are made up of 4 robot players roughly the size of 3kg sumo-robots. Crazy mayhem ensues. Game play is in 2 3 minute halves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_8CtewvTVA
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 […]