Robert's Robots

Month: July 2013

MAKE | Cereal Box Robot

“Think outside the cereal box to create an upcycled robot! Anyone who’s a fan of MAKE must, at a minimum, appreciate a good robot when they see it. So when there’s an easy way to create a robot from materials you have in your kitchen, it’s a great, budget-friendly way to have fun with your kids…

Arduino and LEGO Projects, A Book Full of Coding, Wiring, and LEGO Crafts by Jon Lazar

“Arduino and LEGO Projects is a new book by developer Jon Lazar that gives detailed instructions on how to build, wire, and code projects like a TARDIS from Doctor Who that lights up and plays sound, a Karotz-inspired LEGO animal that reacts to Twitter, and an RFID-activated crystal ball that reacts when a hand is waved in front of it. Arduino and LEGO Projects is currently…

RHex the ‘Parkour Robot’ Can Flip, Jump, and Do Pull-Ups

“University of Pennsylvania graduate student Aaron Johnson and professor Daniel Koditschek have created RHex, a “parkour robot” that can navigate its way over obstacles even bigger than itself using six springy legs. The duo is currently working on X-RHex Lite, or XRL, a new version of of the robot that can perform double jumps, flips, and even pull-ups by launching itself vertically,…

MAKE | DARPA’s New Humanoid Robot, ATLAS

“DARPA has been working on a few impressive humanoid robots for the past few years. As before, they’re collaborating with Boston Dynamics to develop the ATLAS humanoid, and they’ve clearly come a long way since developing its younger sibling, the Pet-Proto, as the below video proves. Unlike Pet-Proto, the 74″ ATLAS has arms with modular wrists, giving…

Raspberry Pi Robot

“The Raspberry Rover is a small RC car with a Raspberry Pi for a brain. It is controlled over a Wi-Fi network through a TCP/IP socket, and streams back live video from an on-board webcam. It even sports ‘Night Vision’ for navigation in the dark.” via Clayton Ritcher.