This is the June 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!
Spring is in FULL BLOOM across the U.S. of A. and robots are being designed and built all across the world!
I AM NOW PRINTING & BUILDING THE INMOOV ROBOT life-size android (humanoid) robot since my SOLIDOODLE IS FINALLY WORKING!
I have printed four hands, (two for Melvis and two for Betty9), one bicep, one torso, and I am busy printing the InMoov Shoulder. I probably won't print the head since I will be using Elvis head in most of my robots. I am very, very excited about this project. NEVER before has there been a fully life-size animatronic robot for sale to the common person. Now for the cost of a few pounds of ABS plastic, a bit of electricity and a 3D printer, I will have my own "Plastic pal who's fun to be with!" (The quote is from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)
I will be going out to visit Brent Bushnell at his SUPER COOL NEW STEAM Carnival / Two Bit Circus headquarters in Los Angeles in about a week!
"Two Bit Circus is a think tank and talent magnet building products at the crossroads of amusement and education. "
NEWSFLASH: Brent has hit his $100,000 goal on Kickstarter!!
This is the May 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!
Spring has sprung back East, although the Mid-West is still getting a bit of that white stuff! and robots are being designed and built all across the world!
This month I CONTINUE my book "I, Robot Builder" which is due out in October. I am about half done. I'm starting the actual BUILDING section! Whoo hoo! I intend to have projects for Arduino and EZ Robot. It will be available at a bookstore near you--or online for that matter!
NEW "Solidoodle" development:
In spite of the fact that Solidoodle REFUSED to fix or replace our broken unit (it had only run about a week before the troubles started and the printing stopped) WE FIXED ITS MANY PROBLEMS OURSELVES! AND IT BEGAN PRINTING AGAIN!!!
I've been emailing Brent Bushnell, about his SUPER COOL NEW VENTURE: The STEAM Carnival with Two Bit Circus! It's an engineering CIRCUS and Kickstarter project that is hoping to raise $100,000. With his father Nolan Bushnell (Atari, Chuck E Cheese, etc.) and MythBuster's Grant Imahara on the advisory board this has got to be FUN!
"(The Two Bit Circus team) ...strives to make entertainment more enriching and education more fun!" (From their Kickstarter page)
PS. Yes, I'm late again with the homepage update, but what can I say? When the first of the month comes mid-week, it sometimes means I need to write on the weekends.
This is the April 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!
NEW for this month: Zoey's Robot News Blog!
Spring has sprung here in California. We've had PERFECT weather. I hear winter is still SCREAMING back East, in spite of the bad weather, robots are being designed and built all across the world!
This month I am still working on my book "I, Robot Builder" which is due out in October. It will be a full-color introduction to the world of robots and robotics and will be available at a bookstore near you.
This month will be adding TEN more articles on 3D printers. Woohoo!
WE are DONE with Solidoodle. They said they would replace our machine, but have changed their tune and will not be replacing our broken unit. Sigh. I just want to print stuff!
4/20/13 UPDATE: We are DONE with our Solidoodle printer.
"Our Solidoodle Printer
Is NOT YET Going to be Sold at Auction on eBay!
Starting Bid: $1."
The lemon of a printer that we were sold back in May of 2012 will go up for auction on eBay. Starting bid for that lame bit of machinery : $1.
We were told just today by a Solidoodle rep that there is no warranty on ANY Solidoodle printer (we knew that) and it came from "high up" that there will be no exchange for our broken 3D printer even though it only gave us less than a week of service in over 9 months. It isn't fun flushing $600 down the proverbial toilet. Sigh. Flush. Cry.
We are hoping that a 3D printer-savvy person, perhaps a Solidoodle repair tech, will buy it and give it the tender, loving care that it surely needs to get it going again. See our Solidoodle review for the whole story.
On another note, we have a new writer/ contributor / blogger / correspondent Zoey Astrobabe who will be bringing you the latest and greatest news in robots and androids!
Keep checking back!
This is the March 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!
Snow is falling in S. California--at least it is up on the mountains where there is occasional snow. Still, robotics is BLOSSOMING on every street corner,and the robot age is HERE and robots are being designed and built all across the world.
This is the February 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!
OK, it's MID February and I'm just writing this. It is still what we in S. California call "winter". At least it is up on the mountains where there is occasional snow. Still, robotics is BLOSSOMING on every street corner,and the robot age is HERE and robots are being designed and built all across the world.
I've been moving to a new house. That is why I'm late with this month's blog. I'm still not finished moving everything. Robots are all over the place. I can't find a lot of my tools. And I still need to keep this site and blog up and fresh.
With the help of a friend named Steve Cook, I finally had time to replace my Solidoodle extruder, my "hot end", with the parts that Solidoodle sent me. He helped me level the bed and we found TWO MORE PROBLEMS with my Solidoodle printer: 1. the adjustment screw is too short and the bed can't be adjusted to the proper height, and 2. the clear plastic in the print head is cracking. Sigh.
In spite of this I did manage to print a couple of small things, but it still needs to be fixed better.
Stephen Cook is also helping me print out an InMoov robot arm on his AirWolf printer. He tells me that all is going well, and his printer is giving him not a bit of trouble. Yeah for AirWolf!
I am NECK DEEP in writing my new book on beginner robot building. I finally got a contract back from Que Publishing (actually Pearson). Yippee!
This is the January 2013 issue of Robots and Androids!
The new year has come. Winter weather is here and i'm freezing my diodes off! we are all a bit older and hopefully a bit wiser. Robotics is BLOSSOMING on every street corner,and the robot age is HERE and robots are being built all across the world.
You know Moore's Law? The one that says something about the speed and density of computer boards? That law does not seem to apply in robotics. Robotic innovation is still moving at a snail's pace. PAY ATTENTION ROBOTICISTS: START YOUR ENGINES! 'Nuff said. ;)
I still have not gotten my Solidoodle printer working, but not because of more problems, but because with the holidays and moving to a new address, I just have not had enough time. I plan on putting that bad boy back together this week and giving the ole "'Doodle" one more try at building me a robot arm!
By the way, the InMoov robot arm--well actually there is an arm, hand, elbow and soon to come shoulder--is really moving forward. Kim, from our local club built one and showed us all how it worked at the Expo back in November. It was SOOOOO VERY COOOOOOL!!!!
I am busy now writing a new book on beginner robot building. If all goes right, it will be out later this year and will be published by Que Publishing. It will have chapters on building robots with Arduino and EZ Robot microcontrollers. STAY TUNED!
This year I have made two new years resolutions: 1. to complete that book on beginning robotics, and 2. to complete a first version of AnniDroid--with some AI (OK, maybe just a chatbot for a brain) and possibly get it to walk. My friend, Annika Skywalker, founder of the LA Robotics club, says she has a few ideas on getting it walking. She is the person that this "robot clone" will be based on. I am "robo-cloning" her.
By the way, I plan on building robot clones as a business. Need a present for that person who has everything? That person that loves new technology? That person with an ego as big as the Grand Canyon? Order a robot clone for him or her TODAY! :)
This is the December 2012 issue of Robots and Androids!
December is here! 2013 is less than 30 days away! The Riverside Robot Expo turned out to be a huge success! Read the news story from PE.com, here.
Some of the exhibits during this year's expo included dancing Keepon robots, a HAL 9000 replica, and of course, the Expo had featured Wall-E, R2D2, C3P0, the Terminator (T2) on a motorcycle, robot races, robot battles and so many other grand sights and sounds!
October 2012 began an entire new selection of medical robotics articles on our site. New ones will be added on a weekly basis, so stay tuned. :)
Also, we have reviewed the Solidoodle 3D printer, and we are not too happy with the results. See the review... and the DRAMA!
We have published a robot building book on Amazon.com!Click HERE to read about our NEW BOOK:
We have finished a robot building iPhone app based on the book that we published. If you would like a free pre-release download, just write to us. The app will help you build and program arduino-based robots!
Keep checking back for the latest updates!
On another matter, we are working with DJ Sures, "a passionate Canadian roboticist, CEO and visionary," and his EZ Robot company in a outreach program designed to bring robotics to each of the many high schools in our county (Riverside) in California.
For those of you who wish to know more about his revolutionary product, we have reviewed the EZ Robot's EZ-B microcontroller and its companion product, the EZ-Builder VISUAL robot creation system in a separate article.Click HERE to read our review of the EZ robot system.
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We see the United States as having the potential to be number one in the field of robotics. We are there with our robots pushing the envelope of science and in effect pushing ourselves to produce bigger, better robots. We are not content to let other countries take the lead in robotics. The United States of America is a technology leader and we are fighting hard to help make the USA the leader in robot and robotic technology.
Update for March 2012
It is March and the weather has been unsettled here in Southern California.
Beat it Robot Betty9. Buzz off Rosy. Make way Maria for:
We have just started a new project, the AnnaDroid! In cooperation with Annika Skywalker (president of the LA Robotics Club), Robot and Androids is building a ROBOT CLONE of a human female. All the details will be documented both here and on Annika's web sites and blogs.
Follow the progress of AnnDroid as she goes from SIMPLE SERVOS to SENTIENT!
More news to come!
Update for January 2012
It is January and the weather has been quite pleasant. Our robot club had quite a FANTASTIC expo last November. We had over 2000 people, several other clubs and robotic groups and lots and lots of robots!
Starting last month, thanks to our friend and piano teacher Landon, we have a guest writer helping us out. Check out his newest articles.
Update for August 2011
This is the August issue of Robots and Androids. Here in the South West summer just has not quite gotten here. It continues to be relatively cool and mild, and robots are being designed and built all over the world.
Robots and Androids' readership is doing well. We had about 4000 different people visit us and view about 15,000 web pages last month!
We are running contests (see side bar) for the rest of the year. Our grand prize will be a Tribot which will be awarded near the end of the year. We have not had many entrants, so your chances of winning are FANTASTIC!
In July we attended the Riverside "Robot Day at the Library" and had a heck of a blast. Robot Elvis sang.
Update for March 2011
Here at Robots and Androids, it is March. It is STILL snowing in the East, the west has had an awful cold spell with a lot of rain and snow, (it SNOWED in L.A. last month!) and robots are being designed and built all over the world.
I'm teaching three robots and androids classes now, two for the Riverside Robotics Society, and one for the Robotics Society of Southern California. I love teaching. I'm looking for a college that will hire me for that very purpose.
Robots and Androids' readership is up by about 60%. We had over 3300 different people visit us and view about 7000 web pages in February!
Update for February 2011
It is February. It is still snowing in the East, and here at Robots and Androids in the west is warming up, and robots are being designed and built all over the world.
A few days back I had the opportunity to interview Mike Senna of the Wall-E robot building club. His Wall-E is about half finished and nothing short of FANTASTIC. Make sure you see the interview on our site.
Our readership was WAY UP last month. We have had over 1200 people visit us and view over 5500 web pages!
I would like to thank several of the people that are making this web site a reality: Karla Viscarra for her excellent research and writing skills, Tim Lewis and Doug Rosenberg for helping with formatting and fixing web pages, Robot Betty9 for her constant encouragement, all the folks at the robot clubs (you know who you are) for their advice and help testing, and especially to Landon Paul who helped get me started and pushed me when I needed it.
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Household Robots Household robots are all around us, cleaning our floors and pools and kitty litter boxes.
Robot Pets and Toys Robot pets and robot toys are flooding the market. It's practically a robot zoo out there.
Medical Robots Medical robots are now showing their silver faces in hospitals and doctors' offices across the world.
Robot Companions Robot companions from dogs to sex robots are here!
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US Robot Clubs US Robot Clubs : A listing of all the robot clubs in the United States of America - USA
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Rob the Robot - Now Broadcasting on Disney Junior Rob the Robot is now Broadcasting on Disney Junior. The CG animation show is based on a popular series of Australian books about a robot child's unflagging mission to experience fun while learning.
Anybots Vistual Assistant Robots - The Coming of Age in Telepresence Robotics Anybots Virtual Assistant Robots are expected to grow in a few years, or perhaps sooner.
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The London Science Museum - Robotville Festival Celebrates Human Designed Robots The London Science Museum's Robotville Festival showcases over 20 human designed robots which have been developed in European research laboratories.
EZ-Robot May Be the Easiest Way to Build a Robot EZ-Robot May Be the Easiest Way to Build a Robot. The EZ-Robot is a $235 kit that includes everything you need to transform one of your old toys into a functional robot.
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