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13 Apr 2012 (updated 13 Apr 2012 at 15:24 UTC) »

It's been a while since I posted anything here. My current robot project along with YouTube blog videos can be found here:


I seem to have spent most of my time building movie props rather than robots recently.

I've just finished my life size statue of Iron Man, so now I'm doing my own custom wearable Iron Man helmet sculpt in clay, which I'll recast into fiberglass or some other rigid resin.

Poor Android 10 has been a bit neglected recently, but I'll probably get back to it sometime.

I held a Star Wars themed house party at the weekend, so now that's all done with I have to get rid of some large Star Wars props.

My next project will be the continuation of Android 10, which you can find in the Android 10 part 2 article.

7 Jul 2008 (updated 20 Jul 2008 at 17:25 UTC) »

A robot I built a while ago but never finished made it onto Engadget, HackedGadgets, Makezine and Digg. This meant I've had 22,658 visitors to my XRobots website in the last 5 days (so far) consuming 46Gb of bandwidth, which is more than I usually do in two years.

I might take the time to finish that project after my Star Wars party is all done with.

Some updated links:

R2-D2 Construction Project

C-3PO Construction Project

Jabba the Hut Construction Project

...pics of the Star Wars house party to follow ;-)

Thought I should post something as it's been a while.

I've been a little separated from 'real robots' for a while, as I decided to build a full size Star Wars R2-D2 replica prop. You can check out all the construction pictures over on my website:

http://www.xrobots.co.uk/modules/news/article.php? storyid=28

My current project is now a C-3PO prop which you can find here:

http://www.xrobots.co.uk/modules/news/article.php? storyid=29

I built my own vacuum forming equipment for these projects. If you want to ask questions then you can post a comment in my guestbook/forum:

http://www.xrobots.co .uk/forum/

As you may have aleady noticed, the White Box Robotics corporate site has been redesigned and relaunched, with further technical details on the 9 Series PC Bot now that it is available. There are lots of fancy new graphics as well as a link to buy your Bot on line.

The prices published are those for the first low volume production run, over engineered and hand crafted version of the 9 Series PC Bot. However, there is a cheaper option for just $3995 US for the Bot with no plastic covers which is being marketed as the '9-Series PC-BOT Development Platform'

There is also a new Wiki and Image gallery over at 914pcbots.com, some new pictures have gone up recently of the PC Bot factory which is located in Ottawa.

Hello everyone, the world of PC BOTS is getting very exciting now as several people have recieved their bots or are due to get them shortly.

Check out a brief review of the bot from the first pioneers in this thread.

There is now a new image gallery over at 914pcbots.com. So far one person has posted pics of unpacking their bot and some others are on the way.

Feel free to come over to the community if you have any interest in robots based around PCs...

10 Jul 2006 (updated 18 Jul 2006 at 13:06 UTC) »

All my android projects are on hold for now as I'm spending most of my free time working on www.914pcbots.com. Despite it not looking any different at the moment we are working on a new look and feel which will be launched shortly.

c6jones720 is doing most of the new artwork for the site, we spoke to Tom Burick - the man himself, founder of White Box robotics the other night. He has a very clear idea of where he's heading, from the site appearance, to the future of robotics and taking over the world with the PC Bot!.

To anyone who's wondering, there certainly is a PC Bot product that will appear shortly, despite it having been 'around the corner' for some time - this is because the product is quite unique and must be right first time to make the right impact.

Watch this space and check www.914pcbots.com over the next month or so for updates.

So, android 9 is almost walking. I have the top section of one of the legs pretty much doing the right thing at the right time, just need to do the same with the other and it will locomote. If I get around to doing the bottom sections of the legs it should walk quite well.

I've been a bit busy recently doing stuff over at www.914pcbots.com as I've established admin rights (for now...). Hopefuly Whitebox Robotics will deliver the first shipment of robots soon and then we'll have a full blown fan site. There are already 100's of registered users although most are 'lurking' for now. From the stats is looks like there are around 300 visitors a day so it will be good once the product is available.

On top of that I've been thinking about creating a new android called 'Android X' as it will be the tenth and also matches the Website name of XRobots. Android 9 will probably be ok but I usualy get bored at this point in development and have better ideas.

I'd quite like to use actuators/motors on all the joints instead of having passive ankles because that's the hardest thing to work with. I'd also like propper knees again rather than my on-going parallel mechanism that I've used since android 3. I quite like the balsa wood construction but next time I'll use RE/RS540 motors and make my own gearboxes out of plastic gears, using skateboard wheel bearings for the output shafts. It will look a bit like the RoboOne robots that use R/C style servos but scaled up to about 4 feet / 1.5m tall.

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