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Have you guys heard about the bizarre developments in robotics in the United Arab Emirates? it sounds like something out of Star Wars Pod racing or something. They are trying to stop children from illegally riding camels in races and are proposing to replace them with humanoid robot jockeys (!?) see the link here

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news? tmpl=story&cid=1548&ncid=1548&e=24&u=/afp/20050411/lf_afp/a fplifestyleuaecamel_050411143456

My girlfriend invited all of her friends round to my flat to meet up because we were all going out for the day. I was a little worried that with all the junk and stuff in my room they'd take one look around and think I was a computer geek or something. Not so at all! They came round, saw the droid and insisted that I showed it to them working, those girls wouldnt leave it alone after that!

I dont know if you guys ever get this but I think I've got cyberneticists block at the moment. I used to find that with mobile robots after you've built them you go back and can make them do cool things like programming them to go to a certain point in space and return, or use A* path planning etc. With mobiles there is always something new you can do with them.

I've found that with humaniod robots however after I've built the basics of the torso, I get to a point where I can program the arms and waist to go to different locations, open/close grippers and things like that but I dont know what else to do with it now. I've got cameras and lasers and stuff like that but I think Im running out of imagination....

Hi guys. Im about a quarter of the way through building a humanoid robot. Its about the size of an average 10 year old child. I was planning to use my own design of servomotor for the leg joints for powered walking but I came across this website

http://news.yahoo.com/news? tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050218/ap_on_sc/robot_toddlers_5

After seeing that I thought maybe I should radically change the design of my legs. Does anybody know more about passive dynamic walking?

My girlfriend came round last night she got me I Robot for valentines day. I saw it and I thought although it was different to the book it was pretty good anyway.

Before she came I replaced the waist and neck joints of my droid with ballbearing roller plates. Those joints move as smoothly as anything. I showed the robot moving its arms and other joints and she was pretty impressed. I think it's gonna look good when I'm finished...

I've developed a super simple servomotor/speed controller interface using only three transisors and a comparator. It can be used to convert almost any DC motor into a servomotor using standard PWM radio control signals. Im planning on using the design to control the legs of my droid. I did develop another servo design earlier, but it was full of op-amps and too fiddly to set up. This one just works...

I finally decided to bite the bullet and actaully start doing something with the bits of android on my shelf. I've built a servo waist joint and lead acid battery compartment which both seem to work quite well.

I started playing with hip motors for the two legs (810:1 ratio mind!). I dont know if the thing will balance properly when I've finished it but I'm going to build it just the same. I've ordered a pair of Hitec 815BB servos for the shoulder joints which should allow the arms to lift more than 200g. The old Hitec 715s were good but I ended up burning one of them out with a dodgy PSU.

I swear I'm going to lose the deposit on my flat because of all the metal swarf and solder in my carpet, but Oh well, I cant help being a compulsive robot builder!

Over the weekend I finally sat down and decided just what I intend to do with my droid. I've decided to put the new mobile robot design off until a later stage and continue developing for my droid instead. I finally gutted the insides and all the wiring (British systems always contain tons of funny wiring). I've decided to replace all of the electronics with PIC based systems where appropriate.

I plan to add a robby the robot type graphic equaliser but using electroluminescant adhesive pads or something similar. I've seen them but one thing I was wonding though was where do you get them from?

Over Christmas I finally discovered PIC. Its amazing how simple it all is all of those circuits I used to make to drive servos and do signal processing for sensors are all completely obsolete now. Its PIC all the way for me! Now Im in two minds as to whether to continue working on my droid (which I gutted but never rewired after I met that girl) or to start work on a new EOD style mobile robot using my new chips?

I watched the DVD of Short Circuit the other day. I hadnt seen the film for year and forgot how enchanting the storyline was. After watching it I was left thinking about my droid. I've left it alone for so long that it is probably feeling quite neglected! In the new year I intend to carry on working on it and actually finish off giving it a pair of working legs.

I was at home putting the finishing touches on my new powerfull servomotor design. My mate Rich called me and said to come on out down the pub. Okay! I said thinking I'd complete building the rest of the robot leg later, I ended up bumping into a girl that I hadnt seen in 15 years! Its crazy, she was impressed by my droid when I showed it to her! I think I'm going to have to put my experiments on hold for a while. Experience shows that girls need a little more attention than robots and computers.

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