Robot Art: WAHHA GO GO laughing machine

I am absolute speechless about this piece of art by Maywa Denki. The WAHHA GO GO laughing machine is a mechanical controlled sort of "robot", that really laughs. The noise is made by air and a membrane. The video explains the whole system pretty good. Amazing!

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Tags: laugh, air, mouth, pressure, art, japan
Sep_05:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Robot Rehab: Frustrated Robot

I do not now if this is vid is a little older. But the character of that robot is so... hm... authentic. That's why I want to get sure, that you see this video, too. Really big!

Tags: poetry, life, rehab, art, emotion, feel
Sep_05:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

ROBO Night with bittedeluxe

Unfortunately I am missing the "ROBO night" tonight in Cologne / Gebäude9. The people from bittedeluxe, a LoFi-Pop-Band, invited some artists and they make a whole night dedicated to the world and spirit of robots (I guess). Some works on their website look quite amusing.

Tags: music, art, video, living with robots, germany
Sep_03:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Plasmobot: Research in weird biological robotics


Picture: Wikipedia

Here we have some real science fiction. Researches from UK have received 228.000 pounds from the "Leverhulme Trust", to build an amorphous non-silicon biological robot. The plasmobot should be build from physarum polycephalum. This is mould, that lives in forests, gardens and wet places in general. The research should be a step into a complete new field of robotics, that enables parallel processing with non-silicon parts.

Well, why the hell use mould? Professor Andy Adamatzky, who leads the project, has proved in a former project, that the mould has 'computing abilities'! They call it plasmodium. He says:

This mould, or plasmodium, is a naturally occurring substance with its own embedded intelligence. It propagates and searches for sources of nutrients and when it finds such sources it branches out in a series of veins of protoplasm. The plasmodium is capable of solving complex computational tasks, such as the shortest path between points and other logical calculations. Through previous experiments we have already demonstrated the ability of this mould to transport objects. By feeding it oat flakes, it grows tubes which oscillate and make it move in a certain direction carrying objects with it. We can also use light or chemical stimuli to make it grow in a certain direction.

Not enough yet? Than take this:

This new plasmodium robot, called plasmobot, will sense objects, span them in the shortest and best way possible, and transport tiny objects along pre-programmed directions. The robots will have parallel inputs and outputs, a network of sensors and the number crunching power of super computers.

Totally weird. I don't want to quote the whole article here. Read the rest at science daily.

Tags: plasmobot, biological, mold, mould, research
Sep_01:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Tour de France Chalkbot

No, I do not want to talk much about it here. Check out the video or read the mid-sized article at Robotliving or the long story at Post Gazette.

Tags: outdoor, chalk, street, public
Jul_20:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

DARPA researches into "Hummingbirds"

DARPA (the same, that brought us the Internet after all) financed a research project of AeroVironment. They build some sort of new helicopter, that flies like a hummingbird. Recently it flies just for several seconds, but should show the potential of a new kind of technologies. Applications should be something like "spy-drones", that are small, lightweight and have dynamic abilities, for example to fly "10 meters per second" and that can "withstand 2.5-meter-per-second wind gusts".

Darpe just handed AeroVironment another new 2.1 million dollars to build a new, improved version of the "hummingbot". Robotic insects and birds are going to come. I personally find this Butterfly robots from Japan a little more charming.


A hummingbird (deutsch: Kolibri). Source: Wikipedia, PD Photo.

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Tags: research, helicopter, nature, hummingbird, outdoor, darpa
Jul_03:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

Industrial manufacturing at home: FANUC M-1iA Picker Robot

Small scale industrial manufacturing - this is a hot topic. The guys who are already doing fabbing (printing of objects) are into lots of good research, both at an "at home" level, as well as at academia, like the MIT researching this area. This are thoughts floating in my mind right at the moment.

And than THIS came up:

The M-1iA from FANUC robotics is a small-scale assembly robot, with a weight of only 17 kg. It is therefore perfect for doing automated assembly at home, or on mobile situations like exhibitions, travel or even more futuristic scenes.

Self-assembly of robots for example is just one interesting field to explore or robotic mobility concepts. Okay people - time to move on and explore new plateaus, instead of doing one robot after another that does anything.

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Tags: fabbing, indoor, do-it-yourself, research
Jul_02:2009 .020200 Comments(0)

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