Robotics - Home Innovations
LEGO Mindstorms We have a sister note to this (Robots - Interesting Video), in which I have posted some videos of interesting robots developed by commercial corporations and institutions. While these are great in themselves, there is a whole range of innovation carried out by hobbyist and amateurs. In this note, I intend to post videos of interesting robotics projects I come across which have not been developed by big institutions.
For anyone who doesn't know, Lego Mindstorms is a robotics kit comprising of a controller, various sensors, stepper motors and ... well Lego pieces. In addition to being great for introducing robotics to children, people have used the system to build some unique things - domino layers, bridge builders, 3D printers, plant watering, etc. Two particularly good ones are:
Rubik's Cube Solver
Called the CubeStormer II, this machine not only solves the puzzle, but it does in in a world record time.
Beer Delivery Machine
Besides the beer, the ingenuity of this machine is appealing. It selects a bottle of beer, removes the top, chills it down to a drinkable 8°C and then delivers it to the consumer.
In this instance the builder has also posted a series of learning videos which illustrate how each part of the machine work:
What to see more robots in action. Visit our Robots - Interesting Videos note.