bots IN BRIEF
IN THE WEST?
Last year, the fastest recorded micromouse made it through a maze in 6. 4 seconds. This year, they’ve gotten even faster.
Apparently, there was some question as to whether a
micromouse could break the five second barrier when it
comes to getting through an expert class maze.Although it
didn’t pull it off in an official competition, a mouse called
Tetra managed to make it through the maze in a seriously
scant 4. 7 seconds in a recent demonstration.
SHADY BOT BUILD
Daniela Rus’ laboratory at MIT is in a Frank Gehry-designed building that’s covered with giant windows and shiny metal — which is a bad combination when it’s sunny
out and you’re trying to see your computer monitor. Custom window shades would
have been too expensive, so instead, members of the lab built a robot called Shady.
Directed via Bluetooth, Shady autonomously climbs up the truss system supporting
the windows and unfolds a shade to block just that little spot of sun that it needs to.
Researchers suggest that robots using Shady’s movement technique might be good for
clambering around construction scaffolding or power line towers, and they’ve started
simulating MultiShady: a combination of cooperating Shady bots with passive bars.
WHAT THE HEX?
This “mech-inspired” hexapod comes from Trossen Robotics community member Zenta. One of the cool things about this
hexapod is that each of its legs has four degrees of freedom.
Get all the juicy details at: http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/
Cool tidbits and interesting info herein mainly provided by Evan Ackerman at www.botjunkie.com, but also www.robotsnob.com
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