We went to “the dark room” at Maker Faire once more for an interview with [Sarah] of Robot-Army. She and [Mark], who handles software development for the project, were showing off 30 delta robots who know how to dance. Specifically they’re dancing in unison to the movements of another faire-goer. A Kinect sensor monitors those movements and translates them to matching motions from the deltabots.
You should remember seeing this project back in November. Now that the standards for this model have been worked out it was just a matter of sinking about three-weeks into assembling the army. We’re happy to see that the Kickstarter made it to 250% of the goal at the beginning of March, and with that there are even bigger plans. [Sarah] says the goal remains to fill a room with the robots and a we may even see a much larger version some day.
The interview is a bit short since the Robot-Army booth was right next to Arc Attack (hence the noise-cancelling headphones) and we had to try to get in and out between their ear-drum-shattering interruptions. But you can see a ton more about the project in this huge build log post over on Hackaday.io. Also check out the Robot-Army webpage. There’s a nice illustration of their adventures at MFBA and the foam Jolly Wrencher made it into the piece!
8 thoughts on “Robot-Army IRL Plus A Massive Build Log”
Good to hear this project is really taking off!
Whats the point?
I don’t get it. Is it art?
Yeah its for art installations. I had a good chat with Sarah over Maker Faire, they’re looking for other uses for sure, but I think initially its for interactive art installation. I think there’s some great potential in this – there’s something about having a sea of robots respond to you that is very emotive.
Reminds me of Walt Disney robotics tech then. Immersive physical presence automatons.
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It was awesome getting to meet the Hackaday crew in person at Maker Faire this year. Our interview was short and muddled under the noise of the warehouse-like space we were in, but in any case it’s good to spread the world of the neon yellow onslaught.
would have been nice to actually see it doing it’s thing.
You can see them doing here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17fkIOHxGRc
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