BunkBots: The teddy-bear gets new family

Killer Robot Plush BunkBots Toy
BunkBots: L-O-V-E---M-E-!

Just some quick lines about the "BunkBots". They are no robots that smash things, fire lasers or are hard to program. Nope. They are made out of plush and can just look cute, are huggable and are fairly suitable for kids. Something like an offspring of the teddy-bear. Why do we need this? What is special about it anyway? There are many cute things out there. But... The BunkBots are meant pragmatically. The website says:

Humans love teddy bears, and stuffy sharks, and plush dinosaurs. These TOYS are cute and cuddly, but would you ever want to hug a REAL bear, shark, or dinosaur? Real animals would either eat you or just rip you to shreds with their razor sharp claws. So, BunkBots are just channeling that same toy-versus-real and love-versus-fear energy. Except, everybody knows that REAL robots would never eat you.

Check out this video for the "real shit" about this robots.

Thumbs up for evolving robots into culture, guys. Thanks Jason from BunkBots for the hint. They are on sale at ThinkGeek.

Hug Robot Plush BunkBots Toy

Tags: play, toy, plush, home, indoor, kids, children
Jan_07:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

One Year of Eggshell Robotics: Celebrate with us!

On the 4th January 2008 Eggshell-Robotics went online foremost as the first robotic-blog from Germany with a blogpost about non-newtonian fluid on a audio-speaker. Looks a little like the inside of an egg, doesn't it? Exactly twelve months later, we are still passionate about robotics, inventions, culture, research, music and play.

Celebrate our first birthday with us! We give away an Eggshell-Robotics t-shirt as a price if you send us an e-mail with the following things included:

What do you think will be the hottest robot-topic for 2009?

What is your personal most interest in robots?

Please include an drawing or artwork you made by yourself about anything you love about robotics.

You do not need to be Picasso to submit an artwork. We like also to see something like this, this, this or this. We also accept models, actionfgures and cakes. If you label them "Eggshell Robotics" somewhere, this would be very neat. But most important: be creative!

We pick the most inspired drawings / artworks and will publish them on our site eggshell-robotics.com. The winner will be choosen by a jury (eggshell-robotics and baltobor) and he or she will receive a free eggshell-robotics shirt. The shirt by the way is not white, like it shows on the picture, but got a decent color in "eggshell-white". They look very decent.

The deadline for entries is the 25th January 2009 (We are still open to submissions) at midnight GMT. Send your submission to: robot*at* node3000.com

Note: No recourse to legal action is permitted / Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen.

Tags: birthday, eggshell, this, shirt
Jan_04:2009 .020200 Comments(2)

Microhabitiat for marine research

MIT researcher have build a tiny "microhabitat" to study animal live in the sea. It is a small ecosystem, the reasers like to call a "plankton-eat-plankton world". Their goal is to study microbes life and get insights of how this micro-organism influence the climate. The microhabitat has about the size of a gumstick.

Through photosynthesis and uptake of carbon compounds, diverse planktonic marine microorganisms -- too small to be seen with the naked eye -- help regulate carbon flux in the oceans. Carbon flux refers to the rate at which energy and carbon are transferred from lower to higher levels of the marine food web, and it may have implications for commercial fisheries and other ocean-dependent industries.

As a robot-researcher I instantly have to think of swarm- or particlesystem. Wouldn't is be possible, to engeneer fields or systems, that would give small-scale technolical microbes a home? Maybe it would be possible to contruct special particles, that move and react in a special ecosystem, driven by inner and outer influencing factors, like magnetic fields, air pressure or other kinds of radiations.

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Tags: research, biological, giviing-birth, swarm, particle
Jan_02:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Butterfly Robots from Japan

The DelFly micro robots are something we missed to report about. The animal-like creatures weight just about 3 grams and fly like butterflies through the air. Incredible small and versatile creatures, that are also equipped with a camera, supporting live-video transmission. Yes, live-video transmission at this scale - it sounds unbelievable, but it is true! This kind of robots are called Ornithopter, because it is a winged system, that can fly in the air.

Researcher from Japan now worked on this technology and developed even a smaller and lighter model, with a weight of 0.39 grams! The video here shows next important enhancement, because they figured out the perfect motion for the robot to move forward in the air. If you think of cutting edge robotic design, than start here!

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Tags: research, analysis, butterfly, giving-birth
Dec_31:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Panasonic KAR: dishwashing robot

Small industrial robots for the household, this is something we spend on waiting for a long time, just without knowing it. This tiny operator sits in the kitchen and waits for used dishes, in order to put them into the dishwasher. Once again the University of Tokyo is involved into this project, but this time in cooperation with the Panasonic cooperation.

KAR is still a prototype and also not the fastest one, but he looks reliable. The robots uses 18 sensors for doing his job. If you like that industrial style at home, than there you go. Otherwise, you maybe would love the likely, but much more unreliable ReadyBot.

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Tags: indoor, house, kitchen, industrial
Dec_29:2008 .020200 Comments(1)

Formica: Cheap, small swarmbots at the 25C3


Formica: a simgle swarm is beeing equipped with a program. Picture (c) Formica/Jeff Gough

I was able to enjoy a good talk on a swarm-robot project called Formica at the 25C3 congress in Berlin. The formica bots are cheap and simple swarm robots, that use basic control- and communication mechanisms. Jeff Gough just said in the presentation:

The good thing about this swarmbots are: if you got 25 of them, it really will not matter if some of your robots will be temporaily out-of-function. The system as a whole will still be able to work.

The battery-life of the bots will last quite long: more than 2 hours if I remember it right. At least each of this cobot can be assembled for a price of about 15 Euro.


25C3 International Hackercongress at the bcc on the Alexanderplace in Berlin. Picture (cc) BY Security4all

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Tags: swarm, homebrew, do-it-yourself, research, formica
Dec_28:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Mamoru: Robot to protect and search for the elderly

Senior-care-bot - a concept, that is far from beeing realized in Europe yet. But the Mamoru is something that even I had a use for, even if I am not something, that most people won't call "old". Why? The Mamoru from the Universe of Tokyo is a granny robots, that reminds the people, there they left their glasses, keys or something like this. Mamoru means "to protect" and this house-collegue should monitor and care for the people - and become an home-mate. Why just the elderly? Typical academic scenario. Although the surveillace aspect even I had a good use for this cure tiny bot. Last time I spend several days searching for my mobile, I had in the pocket all the time. The robots uses a wide-angle camera, and you have to register objects beforehand that Mamoru should care about.


Not very flexible anyway

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Tags: care, elderly, monitor, indoor, home, surveillance
Dec_18:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

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