WED THIS WAY
You have to love Auto Wed from Concept Shed. We’re talkin’ instant matrimony here. Put in
your dollar and it talks you through the ceremony after you input your names — music is
included. The robopreacher gives you a certificate/receipt and a couple of rings that look like
they came out of a Cracker Jack box. Who knows how legal it is, but it has at least as much
charm as an Elvis impersonator.
If you happen to live close to Detroit, you can see one at Marvin's Marvellous Mechanical
Museum. Go to www.conceptshed.com/projects/autowed-wedding-machine if you’re
ready to commit.
DANCE DANCE DARWIN
In case you’ve been under a rock,
Dance Dance Revolution (a.k.a., DDR),
is a video game that involves "dancing"
by standing on various combinations of
floor sensors as instructed by a video
screen in time to music of dubious
quality but emphatic volume. The
primary appeal of DDR, seems to be
watching your friends degenerate into
crazy people while playing the game.
(Unfortunately, robots can't really offer
this same level of entertainment.) So,
Well, for the Purdue University Darwin-OP, it's not a big deal at all. A student there
decided that his summer robotics research project would be to teach Darwin to play DDR. At
the moment, Darwin relies on a balancing bar for stability and to enable faster moves (much
the same as the safety bar on the arcade machines that humans use for essentially the same
purpose). Currently in the works is tuning the robot's vision system to allow it to play DDR
for real; bar-free stability may come after that.
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