Welcome Hexapod Dance-Off 2009

In Austria the meanwhile 4th contest for "Dancing Hexapods" was held. At the "Dance-Off" 28 robots competed in rhythm, agility... and outfits! Interesting things. The contest was held at the FH Hagenberg.

Tags: contest, competition, austria, hexapod, indoor, dancing
May_04:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Acrobots - Little Flash Robots

Flash-developer Vectorpark made a lovely toy some months ago. Compared to a game, you do not have a certain goal to reach, but the aim is the play in itself.

Basic elements of this game a some kind of "little bots", that look very cute and almost like creatures. The hand on the arms of the bots stick together, as if they would be made of magnets. Finally you can turn the whole scene by 90 degrees, to add some action to the scene. Recommended. Have your play of Acrobots.


Tags: toy, play, physics, game
May_03:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Completely homebrewed Wall-E!

An incredible amount of work is this fan-art of Wall-E. This freaks build a complete Wall-E CD-rack "from scratch". Before they assembled the parts, they even made the things like gear-wheels or the single chain-parts out of solid metal blocks. Awesome. A complete waste of time would some say. Others call this well done. Better than wasting time on a cubicle, isn't it? See all pictures at the Englishrussia-blog. Lots and lots of pictures!


Tags: homebrew, do-it-yourself, wall-e
Apr_29:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Social Robot Experiment: Tweenbots - "Help me!"

A cute and refreshing robot experiment was done by New York student Kacie Kinzer, studying at the Tisch School of Arts. Her concept is revolutionary simple and brilliant at the same time. In her exploration of pedestrian walks she wondered, how humans would react on robots: "Could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us?" And developed the Tweenbots.

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

The robots are pure simple from a technical point-of-view, but are instead social engineered. They look so adorable and having the flag saying "help me", most people cannot resist to interact with them.

Best is, the experiments will continue. Right now Kacie is planning new robots. Just take a peek at the new robots coming up. They look like this:



Tags: art, research, outdoor, living-with-robots
Apr_25:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

La Machine Spider seen in Yokohama

La Machine again. The look is always.... gigantic!


Tags: art, outdoor, japan, france
Apr_21:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Festo Molecubes and Emotive Wall

Years and years of cutting edge robotic-design... That the showcase-section of Festo. This time... modular robots named Molecubes! The perfect combination of Lego and humanoids. Or much more: If you are bored of humanoids (and this can come faster, than you think), modular robots open up a new world for exploration, science fiction and even biological design. I also think about a good dose of artificial life, a playful approach and much room for imagination (I for example have Stanislav Lem in mind when watching this robot). Hell, modular robots are - let's name it - pretty much cool!

This is just another recent work / concept from Festo. The "interactive" or "emotive" wall.

The emotive FinRay wall is composed of seven separate wall pieces, which can swing their body back and forth. Embedded in the skin of the FinRay are arrays of LED luminaries, which can be programmed individually to give personalized information or just to create an ambient luminescent atmosphere.

Tags: festo, modular, research, giving-birth, art, re-assembling
Apr_21:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

FIELD from Richard Box

Oh, I wished I had seen this work in natura: More than 831 fluorescent tubes are standing in the nature and are powered by the electromagnetic field surrounding overhead power lines. A simple trick, but very effective. Also robot makers could benefit from this magic thing, so go for it!

More on this work and more pictures can be found on the website of the artist Richard Box.

Tags: art, energy, outdoor
Apr_16:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

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