Some weekend robot goodness in link form

PBS Newshour did a piece on robots. They talked about NASA’s bot pictured above, Asimo, Big Dog, PR2, Robbie the robot and a few others. We didn’t see anything new, but we really do like the coverage getting out there. We also never need an excuse to watch that guy kick big dog around for a while. We know it’ll only be a matter of time before the tables are turned.

Willow Garage, the folks behind PR2, are conducting a survey to see what your favorite robot is. Their list is pretty short, but they did leave a spot for you to add a name. The picture above, is not from willow garage though. This is the picture I got from BotJunkie (we love this site) where I found this story. They didn’t attribute the artist, but I feel they need credit, it is an awesome shirt.

It turns out that it is a t-shirt design available at the chopshopstore. You can see that their eyes are done in glow-in-the-dark material. On a side note, the hackaday store just got glow in the dark material yesterday(as well as a re-design) and will be announcing several new designs in the near future.

I personally inherited several huge boxes full of sci-fi pulp. The robots I’ve seen in these are amazing, ranging from amazingly ridiculous to amazingly awesome. I’ve only just begun scanning in the covers, and plan to post at least one a day. You know what would be awesome though? If I had one of these.

Comments

  1. daniel_reetz says:

    Oh man, yeah, you really DO need a DIY Book Scanner. Those instructions are pretty outdated… be sure to check out some of the one-camera designs or our “new standard scanner” on the forums. A lot has been done since that Instructable was posted.

    If you’re just interested in scanning the covers, you could do them all in an afternoon with copystand, a camera, and some lights. I digitized about 3K family photos that way.

    Anyway, great project.

  2. Itwork4me says:

    Robot goodness in link form = some posts your friend on facebook sent you. Lazy Saturday I guess…no hacks but a tube radio! Come on!

  3. itwerx says:

    @Itwerk4me – that’s HaD’s way of pushing you to do something of your own. :)

  4. jeditalian says:

    i like how the astronauts got tired of the analprobes and built a robot. i wonder what surprises they packed in there for the offending aliens?

  5. dmo says:

    Oh, man. Are you lucky. So many stories by some of the greatest sf writers. My college had a bunch of old sf paperback novels back in the stacks and that was some of the best reading. The cover art is almost always more intriguing than a lot of contemporary stuff. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing… If you could only scan it all and sell a dvd with all the contents.

  6. hammy says:

    Assertion: HK-47 does not concern himself with with the opinions of meatbags

  7. The robot art/shirt image should be credited to Chop Shop

    Thanks for asking about the credit, you are a force for good.

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