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Roomba art ? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Monday, 05 October 2009 17:20

Roomba art
Ever wondered exactly what your Roomba got up to when you weren't around.
With a bright light on top and a long exposure on your Digital Camera, you can spy on its meanderings. 
Follow the link to find more pictures. 

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2009 17:27
New comittee to advocate intelligent weapons control PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Friday, 02 October 2009 21:17
 "A robotics expert, a physicist, a bioethicist and a philosopher have founded the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) to campaign for limits on robotic military hardware."
 "Robot weapons are likely to change the character of warfare," Sharkey toldNew Scientist. "We seem to be rushing headlong into the development of autonomous weapons systems without any real concern for the long-term impact on civilian populations."
Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2009 21:21
Sir Kitt test video compilation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Friday, 02 October 2009 09:19

Below is a compilation of footage taken while testing at various robotics shows over the summer.
The first Was at Robotopia which was held at the UK National Space Centre in Leicester, the second was at the Humanoid meetup during the Micromouse event in Birmingham.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2009 09:23
Too young for robots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:23

I couldn't resist uploading this video from a recent show I attended with Sir Kitt.
Far too much Doctor Who on TV !!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 20:32
Down-and-out Robot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Saturday, 26 September 2009 22:00

He can come and live with me 
Walker using spring actuators PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Saturday, 26 September 2009 21:17

A robot with a bizarre walking gait has been developed by Bill Bigge from the University of Sussex.




"This is a simple demonstration of how programmable spring actuators can be used to create a set of robot legs with in-built stepping reflexes. The robot 'walks' when it is pulled along on its leash. All the behaviour is embedded in the actuators. When a leg is perturbed beyond a limit, the shoulder actuator sends a binary signal to the knee actuator, which lifts the leg off the ground. The leg drops back when it has swung forward far enough. When one leg takes a step it will also send a signal to suppress the stepping reflex in the other leg, which stops them both stepping at the same time. "


 For more information





Last Updated on Saturday, 26 September 2009 21:39
Robot event in Manchester PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Monday, 24 August 2009 13:19



Manchester Science Festival will play host to a Robotics event called Walking with Robots.


For more information, follow the link



Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2009 13:23
Robot has human bone structure PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Friday, 21 August 2009 14:10


Robot with bones

"Eccerobot, has been designed to duplicate the way human bones, muscles and tendons work and are linked together. The plastic bones copy biological shapes and are moved by kite-line that is tough like tendons, while elastic cords mimic the bounce of muscle."



Follow this link to read the fulll story


Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2009 14:18
Robot 'suicide bombers' fear PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 14:35


Link to an article in the Telegraph outlining possible threats to UK security and a new Government initiative.




Related Daily Mail article



Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2009 14:49
Heximotional PDF Print E-mail
Written by Orac   
Monday, 29 June 2009 18:08


We met a Hexapod builder at the UK Micromouse show, Robert Stevenson.

His creation, Heximotional, was inspired by Mat Denton's robots and uses the sensors in a Sony controller to control the beast via netbook style pc and bluetooth link to a Lynxmotion SSC32.






   More info can be found at his website (work in progress)









Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 18:21
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