This robot has so much character and expression that we almost considered buying it at the Design Festa show so we could hang it on the wall at home. But that would mean having to get rid of at least one of the robots we already have there...
This beautiful robotic like creature was on display at the Design Festa event here last weekend. Although it is primarily a work of art, we'd love to see someone turn it into a fully functioning, ocean-going robot.
Get ready to rumble! The Science Channel will be airing the Killer Robots RoboGames 2011 special on Memorial Day.
Be sure to let us know how it turns out, since it won't be broadcast over here, at least not for a while.
How about playing peek-a-boo with an eight-legged, chopstick robot with independently operating eyes?
One thing that really attracted our attention to this robot was the creative use of readily available building materials. Creating a body, eight multi-jointed legs, plus two additional multi-directional linkages for the camera eyes, isn't a trivial task. If they were made out of metal or even plastic the design/prototyping lead time could be extremely lengthy. By using inexpensive wooden chopsticks the development time had to be cut to a small fraction of the time it would have taken using metal frames.
Here's another look at the robot in operation chasing its very attractive handler:
In many ways the design technique reminds of the old ham radio days when prototype radio circuits were laid out on a wooden board and secured using nails. The prototyping board was usually stolen from the kitchen (when the woman on the house wasn't looking). Over time this technique became known as "bread-boarding".
Perhaps, one of these days, we'll refer to this new robot prototyping technique as "Chopsticking". I wouldn't be surprised at all.
Michael Overstreet, a multiple medal winner at RoboGames for the past few years, managed to capture some of the setup testing for the Japanese Mech Warfare robots remotely controlled from Japan.
Picking up objects is a major challenge for most robots and robot designers. Tasks like grasping an egg without breaking it seem almost insurmountable.
But what about trying to design a robot capable of picking up a dollop of mayonnaise or ketchup? Think it's impossible? Think again:
This amazing device, developed by Furukawa Kiko, was designed for applications in the food processing industry, but the company is actively interested in expanding its use to other fields.
One guess at how they might be accomplishing this feat of magic after the break: