Who's the Fastest Robot? (Video)

Ever wonder what the fastest robot might be? Can an i-SOBOT outrun a Robonova? Does a MANOI have the heels of Mercury? Can a Robo-Reptile out-sprint a Bioloid? What's your best guess? Who would you put your money on?

We won't spoil all the fun by revealing the robots name, or the competition here. You're going to have to watch the race in its hilarious entirety, including all the grins, giggles, energy and totally robotic chaos to enjoy it for yourself:

Fastest humanoid robot race

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RoboDance Support Opportunity – Please Help

Robert Oschler has done a fantastic job of single-handedly developing the RoboDance application that allows users of almost every WowWee robot, and some other manufacturers robots like the popular Takara/TOMY iSOBOT, control their bots remotely using their computer, voice, WiiMote, and even mind control using the Emotiv EPOC EEG headset.

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For four consecutive years Robert labored diligently to produce each annual feature packed new RoboDance release, funding everything out of his own pocket and contributing all the work to the open source community so that everyone would benefit. It's been a labor of love.

But, as wonderful and powerful as love is, we all still need food, warmth, and a roof over our heads. Even robots have to pay for electricity to recharge their batteries and oil to lubricate their joints. So, to help "keep the lights on" and continue RoboDance development, Robert has put out a call for support.

There are several ways supporters can help. Robert has a number of Internet domains up for sale, including one that should be extremely attractive to anyone in the Google Android community. It's a great chance to lock down a strong domain while supporting a very worthy cause. Or if you prefer just click on the donate link on the RoboDance Fundraiser page and send Robert as much as you feel comfortable giving. I'm sure he will welcome, and acknowledge, all contributions no matter how big or small.

http://www.robodance.com/fundraiser.php

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Celebrating the 100th Paxshikai i-SOBOT video (Video)

Isobot gadgets
Paxshikai is the undisputed master of the i-SOBOT robot and over the past two years has produced a never ending stream of entertaining i-SOBOT videos with the robot demonstrating his custom gadgets. His creations, fabricated by hand in his workshop have included crossbows, a bazooka, various machine guns and even gattling guns, a bow and arrow, a light saber, and more.

To celebrate the release of his 100th i-SOBOT video he put together the compliation and retrospective clip below.

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OTL makes the TOMY i-SOBOT hackable! (Video)

Isobot board
The team motto for the gang at OTL Technology Laboratory is “We are producing interesting robots!”, and they couldn’t have picked a better motto. It fits perfectly.

The first robot designed they unveiled back in July was a humanoid with an iPhone 3GS head (see below). Then they added additional functionality by making the robot bilingual.

Now they have developed a small interface board that mates an Arduino board with the i-SOBOT! The board allows individual control over each of the i-SOBOT’s 17 servos, and eliminates the stock IR remote control device.

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i-SOBOT Robot Pops Balloons (Video)

We have no idea where he finds the time, but Paxshikai seems to be blessed with a never-ending wealth of talent and creativity, especially when it comes to giving birth to new i-SOBOT tricks, hacks, stunts, and videos.

Since November, 2007 he’s posted 87 i-SOBOT videos, many that required building or modifying small mechanisms to work with the robot. And, they have all been done with a generous dose of humor and style.

His latest video creation shows the robot breaking balloons, which could certainly be turned into a fun and competitive party game for those robot fans (like us) that have a couple of the cute little humanoid robotic pals.

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Wireless Video Camera i-SOBOT Robot (Video)

Isobot

Long term i-SOBOT robot fans, like us, will remember that Takara/TOMY originally had plans to release a second model equipped with a mobile camera. Although the concept was great, and would have been welcomed by robot fans worldwide, unfortunately circumstances worked against bringing the video camera robot to market.

But one resourceful i-SOBOT devotee, Paxshikai, has been clever enough to hack a video camera i-SOBOT together himself.

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