Monthly Archives: October 2008

Video Curso Lego 2008-2

Clip musical presentado en la ceremonia de entrega de certificados del octavo curso “Programación Básica con NQC” con robots lego mindstorms, en que se muestra un poco de lo que se realiza en esta actividad del Departamento de Electrónica y el Centro de Robótica de la Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

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Robot Toy Inspired by Sculptor Theo Jansen

The artwork developed by kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen is truly inspirational. The vision behind his movable works is that someday these mechanical beasts could live on any beach in the world as if they were some sort of futuristic animal that survives on wind power. In a way, Jansen has developed an improved version of the wheel, one that can easily travel over sand. One noteworthy creature he developed is called Animaris Rhinoceros, and it looks a cross between a Star Wars AT Walker and a dinosaur. It stands over five meters (16 feet) tall and weighs 3.2 tons!

So imagine my surprise when I saw a fully functioning remote control robot that looks very close to this Theo Jansen piece. It’s eight legs and walks in a similar manner. It also has an extendable arm for grabbing items. The miniaturized version was created with various parts from many robot kits offered by Innovation First. This amazing electronics company makes hobby kits for educational use and also developed the fully functioning Theo Jansen-like robot you can see in the video below.

I was told by representatives at Innovation First that this specific robot has garnered so much interest, that they’re thinking about making a specialized kit so others can also build this specific work. Bringing robotics, engineering AND inspirational sculpture into the classroom, now there’s a forward thinking idea worth watching!

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ROBOT KIT: OWI-688 AMPHIBIOUS SOLAR VEHICLE

OWI-688 Amphibious Solar Vehicle
$42.95

Availability: In Stock
Usually ships in 1-2 Business Days

It’s street tough, water ready and solar powered. It would be difficult to find a beginner robotic kit more fun and educational than the Amphibious Solar Vehicle! This kit introduces fundamentals of solar power through hands-on experiments. The sun or any intense mobile light can power the solar cell (included). A multiple function switch (solar [1.4 volt, 350mA] or battery) allows this kit to be energized day or night, indoors or outdoors. Its scientifically structured catamaran design reduces water resistance, thus reducing the possibility of capsizing. The user can explore different types of energy conversion with this land and water vehicle. Learn what materials solar cells are made from and the characteristics of solar cells, advantages and disadvantages of solar power.

Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D., author, consultant and expert on child development and children’s products says, “PHENOMENAL! – Amphibious Solar Vehicle is the toy for the new millennium…Land, Water, Solar Power, WOW! This is the way future technology is taking us.”

Award:
– Dr. Toy “Best Vacation Children’s Products”

Specifications:
Power Source: Solar Cell / 1.4 n 350mA 9max) Dry Cell battery / “AA” x 1 pc (not included).
DC Motor: Rated Voltage 1.9V; Rated Ampere 1.45 mA.
Rated Load: 4g.cm. Body Size: 166 x 79 x 240 mm

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Robotics Project #2- Mr. Peacock

this is the second robotics project for the year at our school

I have not yet uploaded the first one
but will soon

The robots have already been built, we just have to program them to do the… wutever

we work in groups of 2 and the guy at the end is the other guy in my group

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