Stunning 300fps video of robot carnage at the 2010 RoboGames. I never built a robot that was this tough and dangerous but I did see my fair share of sparks and flying metal at numerous events. If you have the chance and like ‘bot on ‘bot action make sure you seek out the next robot combat event near you.
Very neat. I once did this with an old VHS-C camcorder and was fascinated by the results. Watching video shot with a wide angle lens that is only six inches off the ground is actually quite captivating.
“We booked a trip to Tanzania and set about designing, building and testing BeetleCam. The first step was to get up to speed on the necessary robotics and electronics that would be required to build such a vehicle from scratch. Having conducted some research, we sourced components from around the world. Construction then began in earnest with sawing, soldering, sewing and super gluing taking place around the clock in Will’s garage.”
I went to the bi-monthly hackerspace meeting last night. They had a guy there giving a talk about an open source 3D printer that he and his company is working on. I posted photos of it on Flickr. The thing is called ‘Cube.ly‘ and will, once finished, print 10cc of volume per hour, cost under $1000, takes a weekend to build, and is made of off the shelf parts. The frame is made of this stuff called ‘80/20′, think adult sized Erector set and the other bits like motors are available from McMaster-Carr or the guys that build the Makerbot (electronics).
I have seen these in shops while I was in Bangkok but never on the ‘Net.They have a nice assortment of tiny (5cm) ‘bears’ in various kinds of costumes. Darth Vader, Masked Rider, and of course mecha. The one I had was a key chain, from the pictures I think these are as well.
This is a true labor of love (no pun intended). This guy, who obviously has quite the kick ass shop, is building a full sized Votom battle suit out of iron plate. What he intends to do with it once he is done I have not the faintest clue. Maybe it goes in a museum as a display, maybe it’s an artistic project, maybe he is just building it because he wants to. Whatever the reason is it is one hell of a project.
Want one of your own? Go visit Amazon and pick up a somewhat smaller than life sized verson.
More robots on the moon. Well, only if they get funding and the thing works. Lets hope it does.
The Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute has developed a prototype moon rover, “Scarab.” The robot has the ability to perform the challenging task of lunar prospecting.
The ultimate goal of lunar prospecting is to discover, extract, and utilize resources in the soil of other planets.