Wind Harp


Pickups get the sound of the metal strings

This Wind Harp is a cool thing. It consist of long metal wires (I suppose piano strings, I once made a similar instrument, maybe I will turn it into a Wind Harp now?) that are tied and attached to a Guitar pickup for electric Guitars. The swinging of the ropes make sounds and the pickups get this sounds, to be further processed. The neat thing is, that Bill and Mark Sherman (Blog) set up a 24/7 livestream on Shoutcast. You can live-listen to this harp "until it breaks" and this actually sounds like cool ambient music.

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Tags: music, networked, sound, speak, method
Feb_08:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Swarmrobot.org - Open Source Project


3cm cube

On the website swarmrobot.org you will find an open-source project, that deals with small sized robots, suitable for homebrew and meant to swarm intelligence robotics.

This site is devoted to development of the open-source hardware and software micro-robotic platform in the size of less-then-3cm-cube. The main goal of this project is to develop a cheap, reliable and swarm-capable micro-robot, that can be easily reproduced even at home.

As you can see, they stress the direction of their intended research:

This robot allows building a large-scale swarm system (100 and more robots) to investigate artificial self-organization, emergent phenomena, control in large robotic groups and so on.

Think of implementing simple rules, like Game of Life and watch the emergent behavior. Feel free to contact Eggshell Robotics if you made something interesting.

Tags: swarm, open-source, homebrew
Feb_07:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Tarim Machine from Gerrit van Bakel

Tarim Machine is the title of a piece of art from 1982 made by Dutch artisr Gerrit van Bakel. It once again raises, at least for me, the question, where does a robot begin?


Moves 18mm a day.

Maybe I am completely wrong here. (My Dutch isn't the best and the Google translation more confused me than everything, but maybe this what this art is about).
If I see it right, the Tarim Machine slowly wanders towards the land to a certain area in Tibet. The machine moves with a speed of 18mm a day and is somehow a counterpart of a rocket going there.

The Tarim Basin is an area north of Tibet, almost as large as Europe, and nobody knows that too. It is more than 1100 kilometers long, so those rocket goes there in an hour cross through it and my machine does more than 30 million years. So, imagine that the Tarim basin remains intact and that grandfather in his hut to his grandson says: You see there that machine, which is coming. You must say to your grandson that the hut what he builds, something has to be put to the left, otherwise the machine runs sprinkled over.

If I get the concept right...is this a robot? Some works on the border of art and installation raise interesting questions to discover new ways of doing robotics.

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Tags: art, outdoor, giving-birth
Feb_06:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Some things we want to see

In the advancements of small scale and homebrew robots, we want to see more of the following things:

  • Robots with colors
  • Networked robots with swarm intelligence
  • Robots that do not behave like lethargic with linear speed distribution

From inside the Kölsch Karveval I send greetings to all of you with this music playing robot.

Tags: theory, design, music-bots
Feb_05:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Swarm Bots

Swarm Bots is a beautiful and playful project from Belgium.

You can read more about it on Botjunkie or directly on the project website.

Swarm-bot configurations can be used to pass large obstacles.

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Tags: swarm, outdoor, play
Feb_02:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

Bristlebots - First developments from the crowd


A Belgian interpretation of the Bristlebot

The Bristlebot, an invention of the Evil Mad Scientist, made its first steps on its own in the web. Not only we also made a somehow boosted Bristlebot, but there is also a scorpion version available made by someone in Mexico and also a colorful one from Belgium (see picture), that were also featured on the Evil Mad Scientist website.


Scorpion Bristlebot from Mexico


Our own experiment

Tags: bristlebot, homebrew, do-it-yourself, colors, indie-labs
Feb_01:2008 .020200 Comments(2)

Run Bot

I am not sure if this robot is a legged locomotive robot, like we learned yesterday, or not. At least it is a very basic approach of controlling the robot movements.

The robot is controlled by a simple program that mimics the way neurons control reflexes in humans and other animals. Unlike most other two-legged robots, RunBot has few sensors and can detect just two things – when a foot touches the ground, and when a leg swings forward.

Nice to watch this video, though, at least I really wonder what this thingy at the end of the video is? Is the the bar holding the robot crushing? That robot broke the speed records for biped walking robots. The Run Bot Website holds a good overview on all the record-holders and also a comparison to the speed world record of a human athlete.

The latest version got a cam and more context-aware features. Also read here.

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Tags: motion, locomotive, basic, walk, research
Jan_31:2008 .020200 Comments(0)

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