HomeBrew Robotics Club spinoff
Kickstarting a business around
affordable ROS-based mobile
platforms. I can still hear Dr. Bot’s
continuous sales pitch. I must say it’s
alluring (Figure 6).
Nick (the aforementioned King of
the Hexapods ... you know ... the guy
with the monkey on his shoulder) had
some servo trouble with his
rollerblading hexapod “Glider” at the
start of the day, but with some
ingenious engineering he was able to
rebuild the servo and skated his way
into IEEE Spectrum’s “Best of Maker
Faire Bay Area 2015.” Another
obstacle course traversed (Figure 7)!
Meccano (the Erector Set folks)
introduced their new little humanoid
robot named “Meccanoid“ that was
mentioned in Business Insider (along
with Rocky and the Black Mast
Dancers) as “cute and scary robots we
saw at San Francisco’s big annual
gathering.“ I’ll leave it to you to guess
which is which (Figure 8).
Meccanoid is very animated and
easy to program with LIM (Learned
Intelligent Movement) where you pose
the robot in different positions and
then the robot memorizes the
motions. This is how one programs
the industrial robot, Baxter. Meccanoid
also features voice recognition, voice
synthesis, and Bluetooth; wheeled
motors drive the feet. It’s open source
code and available in two models. I
predict Meccano will sell a million of
these bots. Rocky, on the other hand,
is one of a kind.
Among the other superstar robots
at Maker Faire was NASA’s Robonaut
(Figure 9). The basic idea behind
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Figure 6. Some of the boys of
Ubiquity Robotics posing with
"Magni" and the tabletop
Figure 7. "Glider," the rollerblading
hexapod has won numerous Gold
medals at RoboGames and is a
perennial favorite at Maker Faire.
Figure 8. Rocky poses with
Meccanoid "G15KS." They were
mentioned in an article by
Business Insider entitled "Cute
and Scary Robots We Saw at
San Francisco's Big Annual
Figure 9. Among the superstar
robots at the Faire was Robonaut
— a robot by NASA designed to
work alongside humans in space.
Figure 10. Another superstar
robot at the Faire was "Roy the
Robot." Here, he is chillin'
at his booth.