>> Bioloid humanoid.
quietly run by Bluetooth enhanced game controllers, but I
was told the goal is to make them run autonomously during
this year’s Burning Man Festival, in Black Rock City, NV.
In Japan, bot builders are inspired by Astro Boy; in the
US, kids are inspired by R2-D2. It was fun to see not one
but two artoo units roving around RoboGames. Built by
Chris James (
www.artoo-detoo.net/) and Gerard Fajardo
www.astromech.net/). They put some serious effort into
making the most accurate work on the droids, and the
results are beautiful. Complete with sound effects (and a
mister?!?), these droids look like they came out of the
Lucasfilm warehouse in Marin county, just a few miles
>> Children playing with the OLLO robots.
away. This is a pure hobby, and Chris just cannot make a
cent when he does shows and demonstrations. Although I
missed the Friday events, I heard there was a confrontation
between Artoo and a couple of combat robots in the
COMBOTS arena. Fortunately, the droid escaped unscathed.
A new vendor at RoboGames, Robotis, was showcasing
not only its Bioloid humanoid robot, but also the new OLLO
robots for children. An entire OLLO carnival was on display.
These tiny bots are made of bright plastic blocks — not
unlike LEGO — and use a new micro-actuator called the
Dynamixel BX-2. One green-carpeted section was turned
into a playground for kids and adults building the OLLO
family of bugs and critters.
Outside, the Robo-Magellan teams were getting better
at making bots that can find their way around. Using a
combination of GPS receivers and sonar, the bots use
autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance over the
varied, outdoor terrain of Ft. Mason Park. Robots have
three opportunities to navigate from a starting point to an
ending point and are scored on time required to complete
the course with opportunities to lower the score based on
contacting intermediate points. Returning from last year,
>> Team USA playing
58 SERVO 10.2008
>> Robo Soccer goal!