Infrared Control Freak 360 – ROBOTmaker

It’s a 360 degree multifunctional programmable sensor that has a bundle of cool features for sensing for your Maker, Robot and Kinetic art type projects.

Infrared Control Freak 360 - ROBOTmaker

The sensors is also packed with two ambient light sensors (for light tracking experiments or line following) and IR remote control functionality so it can can read and transmit Sony SIRC IR control signals.

Infrared Control Freak 360 –  ROBOTmaker

The sensor is designed to fit onto micro sized robots (50mm x 50mm) where 360 degrees of proximity sensing, ambient light sensing and basic inter-robot communication is required, such as robot swarms, robot research, robot gaming and robot sumo competitions.

AI Dodo with a Wikipedia Brain

Wikipedia Search Results combined with an AI Query and Data-mining Engine integrated with a High Quality Text-to-Speech; can help people hear Answers to Questions they ask. Optional pictures and video on a concealed LCD Screen, Packed into a Feather Bag called “Dolly the Know-all Dodo”. A witty, impertinent, extra-smart Bird-Bot. (2009 – Ideas of delabs)

AI Dodo with a Wikipedia Brain

Idea from Polly –

Make a AI Robot in the form of a Cartoon Parakeet. Something like polly the techno parrot below. When you ask a question or a unique term like “Solar Energy” or “Vitamin C” it can use its AI – Artificial Intelligence to read out a Wikipedia Page and if not Satisfied browse the web internally and suggest alternative pages to read out. It can have a Dockable Tablet Interface too for Visualizing its AI and Articles.

Who made Polly  Shown on the right in CrossSection – Rob and Roberta Radtek

“Direct from the Institute of Robotic Technology comes this amazing interactive robot pet– POLLY THE TEKNO PARROT! Polly talks with people he senses around him just like a real parrot. Polly’s electronic cuircuits can detect motion, sound, light and even touch. He will snore off to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. If you pet him, he will “coo” and move his wings. ”

These are some sites that help you read out wikipedia.

Pediaphon App in the Android Market!MP3 files, play lists and podcast automatically generated from Wikipedia!  Let your computer read out the Wikipedia for you!

“Learning during jogging and driving! E-learning and m-learning with MP3 players and mobile phones! A podcast and a winamp play list will be generated too.”

Wiki Out Loud: Wikipedia Entries on Audio – “A few nights ago I was at the office and the ol’ brain was fried. I decide to take a couple of hours “off” and record some Wikipedia entries on audio.”

(2009 – Ideas of delabs)

An Android Brain for your Bot

The Objective, When your Bot has outgrown your Arduino, it wants to talk, an urge to communicate and Network(Social). A larger brain over the smaller control system is the need. Then a Networked Drove of Bots ! is possible.

Use the Arduino for emulating the role of the Spine and an Android System for the Big Networked brain. You can hack an Economy Android Phone to make your Robot an Einstein.

Now for Simulating the Soul, which even the most Advanced Robotic Scientist is unaware of; All you need is Cloud.

An Android Brain for your Bot

How to do that

We have to try create some Robots which are Non-Motor based, Soundless, No Rotary action. Minimum Metal Used, Silicone and Epoxy based parts. They will have 3G and Wi-Fi integrated and the Soul, the Intellect and the Instincts can be upgraded In-system online. The Cloud will be God.

Why the need

The Robot in Literature – Coppélia

Coppélia concerns an inventor, Dr Coppelius, who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village swain, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde.

She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.

The Truth – Swanhilde and her friends find themselves in a large room filled with people. However, the occupants aren’t moving. The girls discover that, rather than people, these are life-size mechanical dolls. They quickly wind them up and watch them move. Swanhilde also finds Coppélia behind a curtain and discovers that she, too, is a doll.

The sad part of this Opera and The Nutcracker is that Inventors of Bots are shown as Evil Scientists. We have to clear the stigma by making a Giant King Kong Bot.

First written 2008 in other areas, enhanced post till 2012 – An idea by “Bot with a Soul” – delabs

BEAM Robotics – Simple Nature Inspired Bots

BEAM is an acronym standing for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics. While BEAM robots are often simple (consisting of a solar cell , motor, 2 transistors , and capacitor ), robots as complicated as 8-jointed, 4-legged walking spiders have been built using the principles of BEAM. – BEAM Reference Library

The BEAMAnt is a phototactic bot which has potentially complex behavior depending on the light level. It has two photodiodes for light sensing, and two antennae which switch the motors into reverse when they touch something.

BEAM Robotics

Mechanisms and principles

The basic BEAM principles focus on a stimulus-response based ability within a machine. The underlying mechanism was invented by Mark W. Tilden where the circuit (or a Nv net of Nv neurons) is used to simulate biological neuron behaviours. Some similar research was previously done by Ed Rietman in ‘Experiments In Artificial Neural Networks’. Tilden’s circuit is often compared to a shift register, but with several important features making it a useful circuit in a mobile robot.

BEAM Robotics – Wikipedia

Solarbotics offers robot kits, solar-powered robots, books, electronic components, motors, parts and information on the expanding field of BEAM Robotics.

TomboT – and the home of Liverpool Universities BEAM robotics

“Myself and some friends demonstrated to the University how simple robots can be built which provide an excellent learning platform, and as a result the University have changed the way they utilise their Year 1 lab sessions to include our robots”. – Tom Elner

One more nice site BEAM Robots and also BEAM Online.

Pololu – Electronic Modules for Robotics

Small electronics modules and simple mechanical components for for robot and motion control. Web Store provides parts like small gearboxes, breadboards, servos, and robot kits too.

Pololu – Electronic Modules for Robotics

The Orangutan SVP robot controller is a complete control solution for small and medium-sized robots running at 6 – 13.5 V. The module is designed around the powerful Atmel ATmega324PA AVR microcontroller (32 KB flash, 2 KB RAM, and 1 KB EEPROM) or ATmega1284P (128 KB flash, 16 KB RAM, and 4 KB EEPROM) running at 20 MHz .

Orangutan SVP-1284 Robot Controller

Orangutan SVP-1284 Robot Controller

The Orangutan SVP is also available as an SVP-324 partial kit or SVP-1284 partial kit that has all of the surface-mount parts pre-soldered and a variety of through-hole parts included separately.Mechanical Components include Motors, Gearboxes, RC Servos, Wheels, Tracks, Ball Casters etc.

Blue Point Engineering – Animatronics Robotics

Hardware, Electronics, Supplies, Custom Engineering and Technical Assistance for the Animatronic, Robotic, Electronic Arts, Haunted Attractions, Hobbyist and Professional.

Blue Point Engineering – Animatronics Robotics

“..Product line of low cost, high quality, hardware, electronics, and supplies used in animatronics, robotics, haunted Industry and technology education for both the hobbyist and professional designers, imagineers and dreamers creating their own forms of animatronic and robotic life.”

DMX Motor Controller - Blue Point Engineering

The DMX- (Servo) Motor controller allows DC motors to be controlled over a standard DMX system. The board may be configure to drive the DC motor simply as a variable speed, reversible motor or with the addition of a position feed back potentiometer, to create a powerful servo motor controller for accurate positioning purposes.

Blue Point Engineering LLC – BPE Solutions
Longmont, . Colorado .USA

BeagleBot – Beagle powered robot

“For measuring distances I chose to use SRF08. It is an ultrasonic ranger with I2C bus and measure range from 3 cm to 6 m. The sensor has a beam width of 55 degrees (-6 dB points) and when mounted on top of one of the servos it can be used for covering well over 180 degrees.”

BeagleBot – Beagle powered robot – A small experimental robot with Beagle Board as it’s heart.

Servo System -Double Hitec HS-422 servos mounted on a special two axis brackets. – 5 pcs of normal RC servos with 50 Hz PWM control. ATMega16 at the expansion board creates the PWM for all of the servos and provides an I2C control interface for them. User space application running on beagle board can thus control the servos just sending only a simple I2C message.

BeagleBot - Beagle powered robot

“The Beagle Board is a low-cost, fan-less single-board computer based on Texas Instruments OMAP35x processors featuring the ARM Cortex-A8 core”

The USB-powered Beagle Board is a low-cost, fan-less single board computer that unleashes laptop-like performance and expandability without the bulk, expense, or noise of typical desktop machines.

Beagle Board – Create Open Embedded Devices

The Foundation is a US-based non-profit corporation existing to provide education in and promotion of the design and use of open-source software and hardware in embedded computing.