Baltic Robot Sumo

The Baltic Robot Sumo is an interesting robot-contest, where robots fight against each other in a sumo-fashion. It looks really, really interesting.

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Tags: contest, sumo, roomba, europe
May_25:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Robotic Taxi Concept from Petr Kubik

Designer Petr Kubik imagines a robotic taxi concept. The driverless mini-vehicles can transport one or two people. The taxi is driven by electrical motors, that are just right beside the wheels, making the cars also eco-friendly. See more here.

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Tags: urban, city, transport
May_25:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody on old computers

Let's enter progressive rock with old computers and computer hardware. This is the famous Bohemian Rhapsody played by chips and printers. The sound is so original moldy and fits perfectly the music experience!

The YouTube liner-notes:

Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ sound, Texas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar,8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass, 3.5 inch Harddrive as the gong, HP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals. Please note I had to record the HP scanner 4 seperate times for each voice. I wanted to buy 4 HP scanners but for some reason sellers on E-Bay expect you to pay $80-$100, I got mine for $30.

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Tags: music, art, retro
May_23:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Snoozy Sloth: Robot-Toy Interaction!

This is a sweet one. Did you ever seen a sloth (Faultier) at the zoo? They are the far most lazy creatures in this universe, moving at very slow rate, having a day full of almost doing nothing and literally "hanging around".

How do you compile this into a robotic toy? Justin Blinder shows us how. This robotic-sloth really clings onto a user, feeling the warmth, and starts sleeping (including simulation of the breath). A heart opening toy, isn't it?

More technical details:

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Tags: toy, interaction, research, breath, animal, air, emotion
May_19:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Roomba Pac-Man Hack

The Roomba seems to get a popular hacking, demo and experimentation platform. Here you can see some basic stuff, that unleash fun-abilities. It reminds me on another Roomba-work about the "natural path" of the Roomba.

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Tags: hacking, demo, roomba
May_18:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

LMR Homebrew Centipede

This looks very cute. Almost like a real living creature, simply because it moves so... clumsy. Sweet, sweet robot.

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Tags: homebrew, lmr, centipede
May_18:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Uncanney-Valley: Models wanted for 3d-Facescanner Artproject

If you live in Berlin, you definitally will want to visit the next Bausteln-event on the 4th May 2009, 19 Uhr at ORi. Guido Alfs will present a self-build 3D-face scanner system and is looking for models. Like he says on the project website:

You don't have to be beautiful.

The facescanner-project is embedded into a bigger kind of research and art project. Like the name suggests, it is about the so called "Uncanny Valley". What does it mean? It is a psychological effect, that tells us when artificial models seem scary to us humans and when not. Here is a diagram, explaining the effect:

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Tags: art, research, germany, bausteln, face
May_18:2009 .020200 Comments(2)

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