Posts Tagged ‘Robots’

Students Build JediBot! Team | July 18, 2011

Using a robot arm, Microsoft’s Kinect sensor and custom software, students at Stanford University were able to teach a robot how to weird a foam lightsaber.

ExtremeTech reports:

The robot arm is pre-programmed with a bunch of “attack moves” and it defends by using the Kinect to track the green lightsaber. To attack, JediBot performs a random attack move, and if it meets resistance — another lightsaber, a skull, some ribs — it recoils and performs another, seemingly random, attack. It can attack once every two to three seconds — so it isn’t exactly punishing, but presumably it would only require a little knob-tweaking to make it a truly killer robot.

To defend, the JediBot uses the Kinect sensor to pick the green lightsaber out of the background (that’s why it isn’t blue), and performs depth analysis to work out where it is in comparison to the robot’s lightsaber. If you watch the video, the tracking is remarkably fast, and it’s probably very hard to actually land a blow on the robot.

WATCH VIDEO: Stanford Students Create JediBot

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R2-D2 Invades RoboGames Team | May 2, 2011

We might not have a droid army at our beck and call…yet, but in real life we can still watch robots battle each other for our amusement during the international battle bot competition RoboGames!

While 250-pound robots fought in the arena, R2-D2 was on the sidelines watching all the action like a real robo-celebrity. R2-D2 also visited backstage to say hello to the robot builders, to cheer students on at Bot Ball, and to hang out out with the next generation of robot overlords.

WATCH VIDEO: R2-D2 meets Teddybear Bot

Check out our favorite photos of R2-D2 in action at Robogames:

R2-D2 watches the robots battle in the arena.

Future robot builders try to see what’s really inside R2-D2.

R2-D2 cheers students on at Bot Ball.

R2-D2 is the Pied Piper of Robots.

Check out more photos here:
RoboGames 2011

Nao Robot Recites Star Wars Team | January 5, 2011

IEEE Spectrum Editor Erico Guizzo writes:

Last month I posted a video of Bruno Maisonnier, founder and CEO of Aldebaran Robotics, showing off the newly enhanced Nao humanoid robot. Then several people asked me to see the full sequence of Nao doing its Star Wars act, with hilarious impressions of Darth Vader and R2-D2.

WATCH VIDEO: Nao Robot Does Star Wars

More info here:
Nao Robot Does Star Wars – via IEEE Spectrum

Star Wars X Japanese Robots Exhibition & Launch Party

Pete Vilmur | June 11, 2010


Super7 celebrates their first collaboration with Lucasfilm with a special release party for the STAR WARS: STORMTROOPER SUPER SHOGUN!

When: Saturday June 12th , doors open at 6:00 PM
Where: Super7 Store
1628 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Available at retail for the first time ever, the SUPER SHOGUN is a Limited Edition of only 1200 pieces, with many of that quantity already presold to consumers and overseas distributors. This is a one-time production with each STORMTROOPER hand numbered on the base of the foot with a unique serial number. Be sure to arrive early, as the first 100 people through the door will be given a unique Star Wars themed collectible, which will act as your raffle ticket. A random drawing later in the evening will award a prize package including one of the SUPER SHOGUN figures — a $299 value! Come on out to either buy one, or try your luck at winning one!


R2-D2 Builders at Maker Faire Team | May 27, 2010

Every year robot builders, inventors, MythBusters and craftsters gather for a giant celebration of science geekery called Maker Faire.

And you can’t have a robot gathering without our friends the Bay Area R2 Builders Group showing up to inspire Star Wars fans of all ages to make their own astromech sidekick.

The astromechs were out in full force spinning, whirring and beeping at the crowd that constantly followed the R2 units or came to visit them in the robot area of the fair. Even amongst the other iconic robots from Lost in Space and The Forbidden Planet, and the impressive Tesla Coils, the R2 Builders were the real stars of the fair.

Every time we follow around R2 and his makers around Comic-Con, WonderCon, Celebration, and Maker Faire, we love to see kids pose with, hug, kiss, pet and even have full conversations with R2-D2. He might just be the most lovable robot in the galaxy.

Check out R2-D2 in action:

WATCH VIDEO: R2-D2 chats with a little boy

WATCH VIDEO: R2-D2 at Maker Faire 2010

PHOTOS: R2-D2 Builders at Bay Area Maker Faire.

R2-D2 Beeps The Best Dance Beats Team | May 21, 2010

Robots are built to beep, but who knew they could be remixed into one heck of a dance song? Thanks to the mixing Jedi known as Eclectic Method, we’ll never look at R2-D2 again without wishing he’d DJ our next party.

WATCH VIDEO: Eclectic Method – “Robots”

SOURCE: Gizmodo

R2-D2 Builders at WonderCon Team | April 19, 2010

Everyone wants R2-D2 as a co-pilot but very few fans have the time and commitment to build one from scratch. It takes a very special breed of fan to not only put in the time, but the money, blood, sweat and tears it takes to make a bunch of parts into an astromech worth showing off.


At this year’s WonderCon in San Francisco the R2 Builders Club gathered for their annual panel to discuss not only what it takes to build an astromech, but also the tricks of the trade for would-be Anakins and Jawas in the audience.


NASA to Send C-3PO to the Moon? Team | February 26, 2010

Is it just us or does NASA’s robot look a little like our favorite protocol droid C-3PO? Here’s hoping they give him better coping skills.

According to AmericaSpace:

Project M is a JSC Engineering Directorate led mission to put a lander on the moon with a robot within a 1,000 days starting Jan 1, 2010. “M” has significance in two ways. First, it is the Roman numeral for 1,000. And “M” is the first letter for “Moon.”


SOURCE: Gizmodo

NASA WISE or R2-D2 in Disguise? Team | January 7, 2010

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has returned its first photograph – a calibration shot of “about 3,000 stars in the Carina constellation.” While the star-filled image was impressive, we couldn’t help but think their explorer sure looks a lot like an encased astromech.

NASA has described the cryostat as resembling “a giant Thermos bottle” or “the Star Wars robot R2-D2″, and being “about the height and weight of a big polar bear, only wider”. The agency’s big polar bear in this case is 2.85 metres tall, 2 metres wide, 1.73 metres deep and weighs 661kg.

Read more about it here:
NASA infrared survey returns first snap

Tokyo’s Robots Come With Lightsabers

Bonnie Burton | November 25, 2009

Looks like the Jedi and Sith are about to be outsourced. Just when you think IG-110 lightsaber droids were fiction, this happens…

Three Motoman robots from Yaskawa perform coordinated moves with lightsabers at Tokyo’s International Robot Exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.

WATCH VIDEO: IREX 2009 – Robot lightsaber dance

SOURCE: Gizmodo, Club Jade