Category: Robot News
I Welcome Our Robot Overlords
Ever since I saw the treadmill desk at Book of Joe, I have wanted to set my office up with a treadmill. In preparation for a big computer parts yard sale at my house, I decided after cleaning out my office that there was more than enough room to incorporate the treadmill. So here it is:
More pics after the jump.
My NXT arrived today so with the help of the kids, we build the first level robot and had some fun with programming. So far it is a better experience than my first hours with the original Mindstorms RCX (spent several hours on the phone with tech support). Building the first robot took about 20 minutes, including unwrap time with the help of twelve, five and four year old girls.
Click the picture for some quick pictures, including the new slimline turntables that I wish I could purchase in a 10 pack. More pictures will be posted to that gallery as we build through the different robots.
Of course, I shot a few simple videos:
The Lego NXT Robotics Toolset: 32-bit Processor, More Memory, USB Connectivity to the PC for programming, BlueTooth so your phone can control the robot, Bump Sensor, Light Sensor, Sound Sensor, and RangeFinder Sensor. This is the RCX upgrade we were hoping for…downside, not backward compatible (so what). You want more details? Check out the Lego Press Release and the Wired Cover Article.
A nice analysis of why Lego has seemingly lost interest in the Mindstorms line:
Lego launched the Lego Mindstorms line of programmable toy brick construction sets with a lot of fanfare back in the fall of 1998, but in recent years the company has lost all enthusiasm for the Mindstorms line. For several years now, Lego has not introduced any new Mindstorms sets, and the company has discontinued almost everything in the Mindstorms line apart from the core Robotics Invention System (RIS) set. Sadly, even the RIS is not faring lucky as it has not had an update since 2001. Lego seems to have relegated the Mindstorms line to niche status and frozen its development.
We will need better fuel sources to build more robots who in turn will build more fuel cells…
Robots could reduce the cost of manufacturing fuel cells and help spur a hydrogen economy, says a team that aims to use them for such automation.
From the Commercial Appeal:
“Go BOMBER Go! Go BOMBER Go!”
Students of Sacred Heart School in Southaven, assembled in the school’s gymnasium Thursday, cheered BOMBER the Robot and the eighth-grade team that operates him.
The Boston University Photonics Department and iRobot Corp. have teamed up to produce a new mobile military robot designed to detect enemy snipers in the battlefield, which may be used by the United States in the Middle East.
At first, Sebastian Thrun didn’t feel quite comfortable behind the wheel of the modified Volkswagen Touareg R5 named Stanley. That’s understandable, because he wasn’t driving…
Five robots have successfully navigated desert terrain to bring DARPA’s dream of autonomous military vehicles closer.