Posts categorized “Robots”

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Mini-humanoid robot with iPhone head

A robot hobbyist has developed an application that lets the iPhone 3GS function as the brain and face of a miniature humanoid robot.

The body of the robot — named “Robochan” — consists of a Kondo KHR-2HV humanoid. The iPhone head, which attaches to the body via the dock connector, displays various facial expressions while functioning as the controller. Using Robochan’s iPhone interface, the user can program it to function as an alarm clock, dance to music, and perform other moves based on user interaction.

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Robots, Videos.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Android Wallpaper

I wasn’t particularly happy with the default wallpapers that came with my Android T-Mobile G1, nor was I happy with any of the ones that I found online, so I decided to make my own!

I really like the little Android logo robot, so I was sure to include him (click for a full-sized version):

And here it is “in action” as the kids like to say these-a-days:


It’s kinda blurry, but as you can see I don’t put any icons in the 2nd row, so the little android guy shows through. That’s why he’s not dead-center in the image. I use this empty 2nd row as the place where I swipe my finger when I’m switching between Android’s three screens.

(I really like Android.)

Categories: Computers, Pictures, Robots.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

“Of the Month” April ’09

Link of the Month:
165 Bots With Stuff
Cartoonist/Illustrator Chris Grine has committed himself to drawing three robots every week until he’s drawn 165 total robots. But not just any robots; these are robots “with” stuff. He’s already up to #26, and he’s already getting a little desperate, but some of his more imaginative inventions are quite a hoot, like his robot with a really cool jetpack but no friends to show it to, and the robot with a delicious groundhog. I always like it when artists commit to projects like this, so I’m planning on keeping up with his progress. I suggest you do the same, buster!

Album of the Month:
Three Ninjas: Welcome to Boy Zone
Self-described as Nerdcore “Hip Hop” (quotes included), Welcome to Boy Zone is a wonderfully weird album, ranging from songs about evolution and taxonomy like “The Premise of Dogs” through melancholy religious musings like “Not Devoted” and back out again to a song about House M.D., the delightful “Going Gay for House” (which eventually evolves into a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” except that Three Ninjas sings, “Sweet Dreams are House M.D.”). The music is an equally eclectic mix of beats, electronica, samples, and acoustic guitars, and styles vary wildly from song to song. The whole affair has a definitely endearing lo-fi quality to it, making the album as a whole nearly impossible to categorize… in a good way.

Game of the Month:
Only $6 on the Wii Virtual Console, this Wiiware game is an absolute hoot. It’s basically a one-player Pong variant (or multi-player cooperative). You control a paddle on the left side of the screen and you try to deflect the dots coming from the right side of the screen. But as you hit each dot you’re actually contributing to a steadily-building song in each of three massive levels. The better you do, the better the graphics and sound become, ranging from at worst a 2-bit, monochrome and monotone netherworld up through a mid-level with 8-bit-style graphics and sound, and culminating in 16-bit-style graphics and sound. Each level has multiple zones to complete, and the dots begin moving in more and more complicated patterns. There are even boss fights at the end of each level. And the game is hard. Really, really frikkin’ difficult. But its simplicity of play and damnably catchy music make it difficult to put down. You keep thinking, “This time I know I can do it!”

Categories: Links, Music, Of the Month, Robots, Video Games.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Visit Hakodate, Japan (While You Still Can)

These videos were produced to promote tourism by the city of Hakodate, Japan. I guess this is one way to get people to visit your city…

And here’s a bonus, quickie video to promote Winter in Hakodate:

Seriously, can you guys think of any American city that would purposefully and officially produce tourism videos of such awexomeness?

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Robots, Videos.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

If Anybody Wants to Get Me Any of These…

…I don’t think I’d mind. Not in the least.

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Categories: Links, Robots.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Japan’s 2008 Robot of the Year


This year’s Grand Prize goes to the 6.5″ i-SOBOT, a ¥30,000 (about $300) domestic entertainment robot that can do all sorts of fun stuff and has internal gyroscopic balance sensors.

Special Jury Prize went to a GPS-equipped, autonomous, rice-planting robot.

(via Pink Tentacle)

Categories: Japan, Robots.

Monday, 9 June 2008

hello naomi’s photosets on Flickr

This woman who calls herself “hello naomi” makes the world’s mostest awexomest cupcakes. If you don’t believe me, go take a look at hello naomi's photosets on Flickr.

(via Loup-Vert)

Categories: Links, Pictures, Robots.