Robot that walks like a human

Watch a video of a robot that walks like humans and balances itself to avoid falling.

Topic by blkhawk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


4-Leg Walking Robot Developement

   The video basically describes my project, I want to make a rideable mechanical horse and a full size mechanical mountain lion. Right now it is in the early stages. I am just designing, building, and testing parts for a small scale prototype.

Topic by Jaycub 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


can this robot walk ? [tars project]

Hi, I have this project to build a Tars (Interstellar) robot and I´m trying to make it walk. I made this styrofoam model and explained it in this video: Can it work ? Can you see some problem ? *Can´t test because I have 2 servo controllers right now and waiting the others to arrive *The video is in portuguese, if you want, I can make another one in english.

Topic by converge_br 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Software for Make: It robotics starter kit? (Radioshack)

I Just recently made the Arduino-based  walking robot sold in a robotics starter kit by radio shack. The software link that came in the instructions is no longer a valid domain. Can anyone help with this? Cant find the arduino software anywhere. I would really appreciate any help. Thank you

Topic by IVIACHINE 2 years ago


Robotic Snakes on a...

Pretty soon the TSA will have a new threat to deal with...Robotic Snakes On A Plane! They can climb up walls, stairs, go snooping for people, get through a chainlinked fence, they're pretty much unstoppable. But most impressively is the snake from Hirose Labs in Japan, it's pictured below, and that mofo can actually swim.It's beautiful, and amazing to watch this biologically inspired robot move, check it out: Clearly these robots are going to be very agile and useful, some researcher used his to walk the ring down the isle at his wedding... creepy? Yes. Awesome.... also yes. Let's see how many uses of robotic snakes you can come up with! Go:

Topic by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to make walking robot using Dc motors ?

Question by Mayoogh 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Giant Spider WALKS in Liverpool - update

In May 2006 something incredible happened in London. For four days the city stopped in its tracks and marvelled at the sight of a gigantic wooden elephant, and a little-girl giant in a green dress. Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the streets, astonished at the scale and beauty of the spectacular Sultan's Elephant.Now Artichoke, the company that brought that event to London, is working with the engineering genius behind Royal de Luxe's giants, François Delarozière, and his company La Machine, to create a magical and astonishing new show especially for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture 2008. Liverpool08Something unforgettable is happening in Liverpool as a highlight of the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations. Vast in scale and spectacular in execution, this breathtaking new commission from La Machine will spin a tale so magical that an entire city will fall under its spell. Just as The Sultan’s Elephant stopped London in its tracks in 2006, so this three-day adventure will unfold against the landmarks of a great city, stopping the traffic and captivating everyone who sees it. Prepare to be amazed by a show that will make you believe in the impossible.A gigantic mechanical spider has appeared in Liverpool, clinging to the side of a derelict building next to Lime Street station. A group of scientific researchers have arrived and are investigating… What will the next chapter of the story bring?La MachineUPDATEThousands of people braved the rain to watch a 50ft (15m) high mechanical spider come to life in Liverpool.About 5,000 people watched La Princesse come out of "hibernation" outside the city's arena at King's Dock on Friday.An estimated 20,000 more were in the city on Friday evening to see her crawl down The Strand before heading for a resting place at the Cunard building.The £1.5m street theatre production, operated by French company La Machine, is a Capital of Culture event.La Princesse was unveiled to the public on Wednesday morning, hanging from a redundant office block next to Lime Street railway station.She was woken in a hail of fireworks and smoke at 1130 BST on Friday, before striding up and down in front of the arena in front of the cheering crowd. Story and videoThe spider is moved to the performance area (watch the lorry sequence - you can see that each leg has a separate set of controls)The full ballet:

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


hi every one can you tell me how i can make walking robot . which walk like human plz tel me

I am only 16 year old can you tell me how i can make walking robot . which walk like human plz tel me

Question by zubairking 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Brains for a robot?

It's time I turn yet again to the forums for advice, this time on recommended robot brains! [Serious] I have a project for a class requiring design, construction and programming of something. More than half of my fellow students are doing clocks of some sort, be they binary or nixie tube. A friend of mine is doing a holonomic robot, and my plan was to do a walking robot, based on ideas like the WowWee robosaurus, using a simple tail and head to balance and few motors to run it in comparison to any conventional biped. As far as servos, I was hoping to use something like the HerculeX or other serially connected servo, so I can just daisy chain the few I would need and simplify the wiring, as well as get experience with serially addressing things. Planned sensors are 2-4 IR rangefinders, 2-4 wire whiskers and one tilt switch to turn it off if it tips over. Sensors I'd love to add would be something like a super basic camera for simple machine vision if I ever learn to code that well, but I doubt that will be the case; and the LIDAR thing from the Neato XV-11 which is again unlikely. Things I was looking at for super basic use included: Arduino, HC11 MC (backplane type), BASIC Stamp, PIC. For a little more complexity I was seriously considering things like the Freescale Tower ARM, Gumstix or other. I'd love to have the serial servos, sensor assemblies and the camera and have integration with Robot operating system through an onboard computer, but I have no idea what to use to setup ROS or what would be best, or if my plan of parts to use is even good enough. In other words, what ideas should I throw out as impossible or what would I need for say, ROS use? Ideally i want to do a semi autonomous robot, so that i don't have to manually direct it everywhere, but I'd still be keeping an eye on it when it's running so it doesn't break something. If I understand ROS correctly I can use an external computer to control it, but I can also let it be autonomous? Coding math and logic in the machine language for a Z80 computer doesn't really prepare for robot building, although the class is basically a teach programming basics and throw you into the deep end. [/serious] Thank you in advance for your help!

Topic by Nyanman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Dutch Robot "Flame" Walks Like a Human

Via PhysorgThis robot uses the same way humans walk, but actually falling forward. "PhD student Daan Hobbelen has demonstrated for the first time that a robot can be both energy-efficient and highly stable. His breakthrough came in inventing a suitable method for measuring the stability of the way people walk for the first time. This is remarkable, as ‘falling forward’ is traditionally viewed as an unstable movement.To watch Flame in action click here (WMV, 5.25MB).Next he built a new robot with which he was able to demonstrate the improved performance: Flame. Flame contains seven motors, an organ of balance and various algorithms which ensure its high level of stability."Robots that can chase us flesh-bags down to power themselves are now one step (pardon the pun) closer. w00t!

Topic by laminterious 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Butler Robot Improvements

OK so I am planning to make an even better version of my butler robot https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Butler-Robot/The question is as follows : do I make it a two wheeled self balancing robot chassis or a six legged spider robot chassis . Which one would you guys prefer .And of course I'll post a detailed instructable on the new butler robot.. :)A side note : Please vote for my butler robot in the contest , because I really want that RoboPhilo walking kit ! I can use that walking robot to experiment and after I understand the concepts behind it I can build my own biped robot ( think giant mech ;) ) I document all my robotics work and I'll be sure to post an instructable on how to build your own mech robot . Btw , expect more instructables from me later this month. I wrote a lot of tutorials on other robotics sites , and now I'm gonna transfer it to here.Thanks,Eric

Topic by Erobots 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Making a robot for a beginner ?

Iv'e kept searching the internet for building a simple robot nothing advanced but one that can walk and avoid collition and small led's as eyes . i also want it to work all this in a click of i switch. but the worst part is i don't know much about electronics,circute or any parts needed or where i can get them but its my vacation and i really want to do this because im super bored can someone please help me .....?  

Question by Amar prasanth 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Walking robot - very cool, despite the headlights being in its knees...

This chap has home-built a Jansen-style walker. It's a well-made video as well.

Topic by Kiteman 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


my robot wont walk foreward or in circals he wont even fall over and my battery is full and srong what can i do?

I have a stong batt and he wont even fall over or move at all he just stays stil i made the bottom of him slippery and took weaght of too.

Question by eel12333 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Robot or laser to check on buried pipes? Answered

I am looking for a small robot or device that can walk through (new) 8" PVC pipe and verify that the pipe is round. That is, pipe that has already been buried. The device would start at one manhole, and walk to the next manhole, recording the slope, distance and, as mentioned, circular-ness of the pipe. Max range required is 120 metres. D oes not necessarily require video, but some sort of info recording that can be read once it appears at its destination manhole. Thanks ...jim  

Question by hammmm 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to make Person following Robot?

I want to make a robot for my digital logic design. This robot will follow the person as person walks it follow him... i want to make it using only logic gates... do plz help me to make this robot happen.

Question by ypanhwer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Interstellar Movie Tars Robot

Hello! I would really love if someone could make me a replica of the robot from the movie Interstellar. My version of the robot can be much more simple. I have no need for a robot that can actually fix a spaceship lol. I would just like for it to be able to walk (in the movie the robot moves several ways - but one way is enough) and talk (only saying four or five phrases). The below link shows the structure pretty well. Can anyone make this happen for me? https://ideas.lego.com/projects/85614

Topic by pierce.angela.n 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Is this the last step in an unstoppable robot?

I just saw this video via Laughing Squid's Twitter feed. It's a small robot from Boston Dynamics (the people that brought you the Mule walking pack-robot) that can jump 30 feet straight up. Now, imagine if they combined that leaping technology, and the ruggedness to survive the landings, with the terrain-crossing a flight capabilities of a Mini-Wheg MMALV, and you've got a robot that can get anywhere - as soon as the terrain gets too rough to clamber over, jump 30 feet straight up, and then either glide or fly under power to a better location! Come on, roboteers, get to it!  

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Mechanics, electronics, robotics or what?

I recently have become fascinated with what makes these moving stuffed toys work; like the Elmos and dogs that wag and walk, etc. I have my own stuffed creatures that I make and have an interest in animating them. But I don't know how to look up a book to start to teach myself. Are this toys considered mechanically powered, or electronically or what? Just what kind of motors are in them? Can I buy these motors? Would it be easy to adapt them to whatever types of movement I would want (according to the critter I was putting it in)? I don't think they would be considered robots; they're much too simple for that. Although I might consider doing something like that in the far off future. But I want to do something simple first; so what can someone recommend book-wise for me to teach myself the workings of these toys?

Topic by biirrd 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How may I make a Electric Butler? Answered

I mean like the Habbo one?That does basic stuff, like pouring teapots, doesn't need to walk?

Question by Warlrosity 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


The Instructables Robot takes his helmet off!!

I was just walking around minding my own business and was intently looking at funny videos of cattle on my cellular telephone and i accidentally walked down a dark alley, as i reached the end i saw the inctructables robot, i move forwards to say hi and i realize he has his helmet off, after the initial shock of having my childhood hero unmasked i quickly snap some photos so i can reveal the real so called "robot" to all the scepticals out there.

Topic by duck-lemon 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


OAWR Legs Lock Up

I'm currently assembling an Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot, however I find the legs keep locking up.  Basically, as I move the legs the nuts are tightening to the point where the legs won't move any more.  I have washers in all the correct places so must be missing something else. Any tips on how to avoid this? Thanks. James.

Topic by jsluke 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


My coding in Arduino has an error? Answered

I got a robot kit form Radio shack and I had the choice to build the line following robot or the walking robot. So i built the walking one. I download the program(Arduino) and everything. So when i click the verify button and error thing comes up. It tells me that"MakeItRobotics does not have a name."  Here's the code that has the error. Please help. It's my first time using this program. thanks!                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Question by adriana.massie.9 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Scholarship Robot Proposal: Plant Gardener

This robot would tend to a high value plant. The plant would sit atop the robot and the robot would seek to maximize light during the day. It will slowly rotate on itself to allow all sides of the plant equal sunlight ensuring an even growth. It will slowly travel accross the room seeking sunlight from other windows as the day progresses. Finally, it would detect people walking by and wuold warn them when the plant needs watering. Simple idea with achievable goals. Thanks for your consideration!

Topic by loubard 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Robot Pegasus design possible? Answered

Ok, so I have another idea that will most likely never get anywhere due to my lack of funds/it not being possible.           What if I made a magnetic track somewhat like a maglev and had a robotic pegasus with electromagnets in its feet. It would also be an ornithopter to get it farther than a few inches off the ground. I would have the magnetic track to have it hover a few inches off the ground for about a minute before and after takeoff to make it less likely to crash on landing and give a minute to text the mayor to not worry about any upcoming pegasus sightings above or around town before taking off.           What kind of horsepower engine would I need to power the wings enough to get sufficient lift (at least 15-20 feet)? And would the electromagnet buffer before landing be significant enough to at least lessen the impact so it doesn't maim/kill you if you crash?           The electromagnets don't seem to me like they would work, but it would still be fun just to hover it to show it off without flying up 20-30 feet and worry about falling. Also, would it make it too heavy to fly if I put in an extra motor to make it walk/run so it doesn't have to be flying to move? I don't really expect this to be within my budget, but it would still be cool.

Question by ALogan97 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Build a fish that swims in the air without any manual control? Answered

Hey there, My first post. While walking by the toy store, I saw that they had a giant dolphin(filled with air) that was swimming around in air just above the head..... so funny..a big fish swimming freely..giving you the impression that you are under water.. I could not even see if someone was controlling the motion...seemed to me that its 'altitude' and 'path' was kind of pre set and it would continue to hover until its battery ran out or something. Is there a way to build this? like fill up a ballon (shaped like dolphin) with air, and program it with some kind of bult in controller that makes it hover...? Thank you

Question by eagles_dare13 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


RoboGames Robot Contest Winners

Instructables and RoboGames are happy to announce the winners of the Robogames Robot Contest! With all of the fantastic robot entries out there, the task of creating your own robot army has just gotten a lot easier. We'd like to send a big "thank you" to everyone who took the time to share their knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world.Judging was done by David Calkins, Simone Davalos, Eric Wilhelm, Robin Lemieux, Robots Dreams, and Sb.And now, on with the winners! Second Prize The authors of these Instructables will each receive a Robot prize package including both Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers. Category: Locomotion Pneumatic Animatronic Lego Snake Inchie BiPed robot V-3 The Manta Drive: proof-of-concept for an ROV propulsion system How to build the one motor walker! Category: Manipulators Mechanical Dry Erase Board How to build a simple robotic arm from Lego Mindstorms NXT? extendo hand Rubber band shooter / minifigure launcher Really, REALLY Easy USB Motor! Category: Brain Experimental Robot Platform Building Small Robots: Making One Cubic Inch Micro-Sumo Robots and Smaller RC truck robot conversion Ard-e: The robot with an Arduino as a brain Beginning LCDs Category: Sensors Ultrasonic Batgoggles DIY lego light sensor infrared ground/object sensor for robot navigation robot movement distance control fischertechnik Easter Egg Robot Category: Aesthetics WowWee's Elvis Alive to The Elivinator Project Wall-E Robot How to design and build a combat robot K'nex Programmable Automaton How To Build Your Own Instructables Robot Assistant Category: Reuse & Recycling Individuality Bot Build Your Own Butler Robot!!! - Tutorial,Photos, and Video How to Build a Robot - The BeetleBot v2 ( Revisited ) The Rock SOCBOT - the next generation vibrobot First PrizeThe author of this Instructable will receive a RoboPhilo Walking Android kit! Plus the Robot prize package including both the Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers. Wall-E by 4mem8 Grand Prize The author of this Instructables will receive a trip to the June 2009 RoboGames in San Francisco, CA! Includes airfare for one from anywhere within the continental US, 4 nights in a hotel near the event, and VIP access/entry fees. Experimental Robot Platform by societyofrobots

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to make a bike-like vehicle with legs instead of wheels? Answered

For Halloween, I'm going to be riding a unicorn, and the unicorn is basically two bikes but with leg-like poles instead of wheels. This is basically like a hexapod robot, but with four legs instead of six and pedals instead of motors. I already know where to get the parts and stuff, but need to figure out how to make a working leg mechanism. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it walk?

Question by ALogan97 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Looking for a good robotic platform and motor controller?

Hi, I am looking to buy a robotic platform and a motor controller to go with it. I would also like it in a kit with a matching motor controller but it doesnt matter if it doesn't have one. I want somthing that will have good speed (about walking speed). I would also like it to be a bit bigger than a A4 sheet of paper. I have a budget of $50(US). Any sugestions on what I should get? (I want tank style steering).

Question by David97 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Need Animatronic / Robotic Costume Help

Hello all. I'm working on a project that I hope someone here can help me with. It's very complex and going to take a few years for me to complete. The project is an animatronic / robotic (either or both) centaur costume. The idea is to make it a one-person costume where the back walks with me as I move. It will also have certain preset-up movements linked to trigger points on the body. Such as, were someone to touch the rear-end, the tail will flick at them. I also want to be able to lie the body down on the floor while I'm in costume so I don't kill my legs standing all day. I'm playing with either having individual motors at each of the joints in the hind legs or using a cable, pully and gear system attached to the front legs (my legs) to drive them. I already have some drawings of my ideas that I've been working on but, since I've never done something quite this complex before, I'm hitting a bit of a road block. To be more specific, I have no idea what size actuators, servos or motors I'm going to need to make this thing move as naturally as possible. The frame will be aluminum and the hooves will be pine with some light stuffing and fake fur over it. I have no idea how heavy it will be. I will add the drawings as soon as I have them finished. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by Graceria 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Servos going crazy? Answered

So, I made this https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Simple-Bidepal-Humanoid-Robot/ and after uploading the code for walking, instead of walking, the robot goes crazy https://vimeo.com/209730331 I have attached some pins a bit different from the original code but have adjusted that in the code by changing the attach commands. What do you guys think is the problem? I attached the horns to the servo using this guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOCagSi1OOU The other codes provided also don't appear to be working. Could it be that I have attached the servos to arduino the wrong way? I considered the right motor to be the motor which appears at the right when  the robot is viewed from the back (white part of arduino).

Question by SA-DIY 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Maker Faire UK on BBC

The BBC stopped by the Maker Faire UK that happened this last weekend in Newcastle. They were especially interested in the robotics. A fire-breathing horse, a walking and singing robot, iRobots, and battlebots. Nothing else about the rest of it, but the video's worth checking out.See also:Maker Faire UK in 3DLemonie's report

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


my idea

So ive been thinking about an idea. the idea are these little robots that connect together by magnets and then build other robots also when there are two or more connected it can walk and build more. the only problem is, i have no idea how to do this. so if anyone can help me with this please contact me. also if this already exist please tell me. dont take my idea

Topic by minecraftpotato 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How can i make a white hawkstrider, a white giant bird, that is a robot and can carry my weight?

A white hawkstrider is a mount in World of Warcraft.  you can google an image of what a white hawkstrider does look like. I was wondering if it was possible to make a robot that can look like that. And if it can carry my body weight and i can mount it around or just walk beside it.  i hope i can.

Question by Redrumtac 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Arduino And Servo

Hi..  i want a motor which can drive my robot at humans normal walking speed.. and also whose speed can be controlled dynamically.. Can anyone plz suggest me such servo or any dc motor.. motor should be compatible with arduino uno..?? 

Topic by amolamol 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Robosapian V2 to Hexapod conversion, is there a solution to the microcontroller problem?

I've come into possession of Robosapian V2, I quickly became bored with it as I was not happy with the robots ability to move, while the robots sensors and brain is nice the field of motion is lacking and awkward so decided to rebuild the robot. I removed all of its components (sensors, motors, and controller) and converted the machine into a Hexapod (lovingly called Jinx) and have now come across a problem originally thought simple now becoming annoyingly frustrating. The brain. I was just wondering is there a way to access the software to reprogram the robot how to walk. Or if reprogramming the robot is too difficult is there a way to have the sensory information be sent to a computer and the computer sends back motion commands over a medium such as wifi? an instructable of the robot will be released once I’m done with the robots rebirth and special thanks to anyone that has helped will be given thank you i live in Australia and Auduinos are not only hard to get but pricey, my financial situation isn’t that great as I am 18 and only have a part time job but do not mind spending a bit of cash. Also I am good with electronics and software just finding this problem difficult

Question by gungeek 7 years ago


I want to make an animatronic head for a roughly lion-sized cat costume. Can anyone here help? Answered

Here's the problem I'm running into. I want the eyes to be able to look in all directions (or at least 8, anyway), the ears to turn and flatten, the mouth to open and close and the lips to pull back to show the teeth and I want it to do all this without external wires or me needing to have someone controlling the face wirelessly. Is there a way to do this? I know about bend sensors and pressure sensors, but I can't seem to figure out a way to use those without the face having seizures when I'm walking in the costume. Please see the sketch I have included of the roughed out concept for the costume to see what I've got figured out so far. (yes, it is supposed to have 2 tails.) Any suggestions?

Question by Graceria 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Coca-Cola Bots! Attack!!!

The Coke (aCola) Bots Attack!!Just spotted, a Coke vending machine robot walking around outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo. Coca-Cola has oversized robot vending machines lumbering around Tokyo pinching the heads of people who prefer a different brand.These robots have been made to the likeness of the 11inch tall desktop toys which feauture the regular as well as the black Coke Zero available in Japan. The toys feature bendy arms and have a little coin slot for saving up your yen and buying more coke.The Images pretty much speak for themselves.

Topic by Keith-Kid 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Scholarship Robot Proposal: Perimeter Security Bot

A few years ago my house was broken into. Thankfully, nothing of to great of value was stolen. They only stole $60 out of a small personal safe (not traceable and did more property damage than anything else), had no idea who broke into our house or if they were ever caught, and no way of providing any evidence to convict anyone. So it got me thinking, what if I had a bot that ran around scanning the house (visually and audibly), linked up to an old pc that uploaded live feed from it, and have an alarm capability that if it detected someone that would trigger the iRobot to have the live feed stored to the hard disk on a remote web server. That way if we do get broken into ever again, I will have evidence on file! The iRobot would have a "normal live feed only" function and an "alarm on" function. The difference between the two would be that the normal mode would just send live feed onto my web portal and not store it on the remote hard disk. That way if someone is home it will not store hours of my family walking around, while my hosting storage gets filled up. "Alarm on" mode would allow the iRobot sensors to sense a person and tell it to store the feed on the remote HD. It will do this for 10minutes, after the time is up it will then reset the timer, and begin the whole process again. Again, this is keeping any false alarms (such as my cats) from filling up HD space. Sensors: To detect any object (like a human) only requires an IR sensor to detect a moving body of heat. It is like the ones you see in some buildings with the plastic covers over them and leds blink when an object passes in front of it. Another words a thermal motion detector I would also incorporate a high frequency detector. It would detect loud sharp noises, like glass breaking. Then of course the crt camera with audio linked to an onboard wireless transceiver. old PC with Proprietary software and high speed wireless router I eventually will hope to one day build this robot, if you have any suggestions I would be glad to hear them. Thank you for your consideration!

Topic by Kira_Koenig 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


LEGO Mindstorms Competition - Robo Lunch Party

Instructables participated in the LEGO Mindstorms Competition today (August 29th) at SOMA StrEATFood Park.  We went against Pandora, Facebook, and Flickr.  The competition was about using the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit to create a robot that best represented the city of San Francisco. Our team consisted of Randy, Sherry, Dave, Karen, and myself: Penolopy Bulnick. Instructables:  Robit the texting techie robot that walks around while playing on his phone not paying attention to his surroundings and running into people.  We gave him glasses (it made him look like Wall-E) and then wore LEGO Glasses ourselves. Flickr: San Francisco Icon Emperor Norton. Pandora: Two robots.  Dressed in baseball outfits.  One was the pitcher and one was the hitter. Facebook: This robot was also baseball themed.  They had one that would hit the ball and then follow a track to run the bases home. It was a tough competition, but in the end Pandora came up with the win.  We didn't leave empty handed though.  We managed to snag the coveted "Best Texting While Driving" award!  (Please remember to not actually text and drive, or you will get in an accident like our robot did.  Poor robot, should have known better.  Smashed into so many pieces.) Good job Instructables! Check out the Fast Company and CNET articles about the competition, including more information about the other contestants and images of all the entries.

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I need to buy or fabricate a strong crankshaft for a strandbeest-like glass robot.

I'm making a walking robot out of glass based on Theo Jansen's strandbeest leg design. Fabricating the crankshaft has proven an odious challenge. I'm looking for a source where I can buy either a complete crankshaft to my specs or parts from which to fabricate my own. It needs to be about 30" long, with 6 crank arms (offset 120°, therefore 2 at each angle), throw on the crank to be 1". My original design was for a 1/2" diameter shaft, which is necessary if it's going to be glass, but if metal the shaft diameter could probably be smaller. The video here shows the crankshaft I made, but I don't  really trust it.http://instagram.com/p/x8xcPeyn-1/?modal=true  The prototype leg:  http://instagram.com/p/wewqr1yn6a/?modal=true

Question by bandhudunham 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


A message to iRobot contestants

Well..the deadline is coming soon. I know I had a lot of fun building my robot, and i'm sure you had fun too. I know i've got some really tough competition out there, and I just wanted to wish you all luck. Even if I don't win at all I know that I'll be walking away with a lot learned (and a create =] ). I think each of the projects entered in this contest really do deserve a prize.Micah

Topic by Weissensteinburg 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Widow Maker 1.0 Vibra-Bots

Widow maker 1.0This Vibra bot is based on a wireless battery powered movement sensor light.The vibrating motor has been wired directly into the LeD array allowing it to autonomously react to different light levels and motion.Basically it will vibrate, move and light up its LeD's when ever someone walks past it.It can be very creepy when your not aware it's sitting in the corner, in the dark.If your wondering about the name, check the pen butane torch strapped to it.

Topic by Lftndbt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Idea

I'd like to see someone make a lawnmower that doesn't use a large stupid spinning fan, I'd like to see someone make something that uses the same principle as a harvester and makes little convenient bales or little grass blocks that could be easily used for other things. Its 2012, for gods sake, we should have some cool shit by now, and make it robotic too, where you can walk around your yard with your smart phone to let the mower know the perimeter as well as any other points of interest, like flower beds or dogs.        

Topic by The Cartographer 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Help regard ESP 8266 or HC 05? Answered

Hi guys! :3 So I'm in need of some help regarding this project https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Simple-Bidepal-Humanoid-Robot/ According to the project, you need to reprogram the robot for every function but it would be very tedious and time consuming to program it again and again. So, I thought that it would be nice to use a HC 05 or ESP 8266 (along with arduino) with a program to control whether it's walking, kicking or dancing etc. so I could control it through my mobile. The problem is that I have zero skills on developing software for the mobile, arduino or esp. I would love it if anyone could help me by making a small program. Also, would it be better to use the Bluetooth module or ESP? I would prefer ESP as it's cheaper but not by alot so if the Bluetooth module has benefits, I can buy that. Thanks in advance. :)

Question by SA-DIY 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Can someone point me to a simple papercraft space helmet for my son? Answered

My two year old son loves stuffing buckets on his head, then walking around with them pretending to be a robot or an astronaut.  I'd love to make him a proper helmet!  You know, something that fits and he can see though.  I was thinking something simple out of cardboard or coroplast would do the trick.  I've got a full copy of Pepakura at my disposal.  The helmet should be easy for him to pop on, and not so complex - I can guarantee it will not be handled gently.  Got any links for me to check out?

Question by jeff-o 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Instructables Club for School?

Hey everyone, I am in high school, and I was just thinking it would be quite fun to have an Instructables club in our high school. I was just wondering if I have permission from the Instructables staff to start a club, because of all the copywright and whatnot. I was thinking of having annual contests, and the winners could get an Instructables Leatherman or something like that. I was also thinking of having the joined users from my school make a group to gather all of our ideas. Maybe the contestant in the contests could join our group and submit their Instructable, and the leaders of our club could decide a winner. Is this is good idea? And do I have permission? Suggestions are always welcome! Oh yea, when everyone sees use walking around in Robot-T-shirts, who wouldn't want to join? -Thanks -Brennn10

Topic by Brennn10 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Japan Day 2

I woke up around 8 or 9 and took a shower. Sarah and Seba had already left, the Czech couple was still around, but they were gone by the time I got out of the bathroom.I got dressed, threw on my backpack since I did not know if I was coming back, and headed over to a bike store I had seen the day before. I wanted to buy a cheap folding bike, so I could ride between the closer cities. I practiced my Japanese on the guy, who was really polite and helpful, and found out that he had two folding bikes. One was used for about 5,600 Yen, but it was pretty crummy, the other was new and very nice, but about 35,000 yen. I had about 23,000 yen left over from the money I exchanged at the airport, but I was wary about making any large purchases before I knew if my credit/debit card worked, so I said sumimasen and left.Wandered around the burbs of Nagoya for a bit before I stopped off in a chain mini-mart to test if I could get cash from an ATM, I couldn't. Took the subway to downtown, got off at the wrong stop, got back on, and ended up in Central Park, right underneath the large TV tower. I was trying to find something cool to do using my lonely planet guide, and eventually decided the robot museum sounded like fun. After wandering around for a good hour looking for it I gave up (I later found out that it went bankrupt and shut down). I was very disappointed, especially since I was wearing my robot shirt, and had a pocketful of robot stickers. After losing all hope of finding the robots, I went into a large mall (mostly because it was air conditioned) and rode the escalators for a bit. That got boring, so I decided to head over to Nagoya Station. During the long walk, I stopped off in every 7/11, Lawsons, Family Mart, and Circle K I could find, but I could not get money from any of the atms in them, which got me kind of worried.Got to the station and took some pictures. Decided to check out Noritake Garden sine it was not too far away. Got to the garden and relaxed for a while, before heading back towards central park. On the way back I walked through a really colorful open air market. Got to central park, and relaxed for a bit. Much relaxing is required when traveling with a extremely heavy backpack, and it is a gabillion degrees out.While sitting in the park, I looked down to see about 20 mosquitoes feasting on my legs. Those bites are damn itchy. Got on the subway and headed back to Changmi's house. Fell asleep.Japan Day 3

Topic by Tetranitrate 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


First Day Interning at Instructables

Today is my third day as an intern at the downtown SF Instructables office. I thought I'd recount Day 1 as a day-in-the-life! It starts off with: "Don't come in before 10am" from Eric, and a mention from Noah (my more direct boss): "We recommend that folks bring their computers, a contractor trash bag, a good pair of running shoes, a banana and hard hat on their first day - that way, they are prepared for whatever challenges may await them at Instructables." So I walked out to the office, found the robot-painted door wedged between the liquor store and the Mexican restaurant, and walked up the stairs. It's one big room- open tables everywhere covered in stuff of all sorts: duct tape, paper towels, electronics, crocheted Pac-Man, a giant styrofoam face, an electric toaster. Everyone is at their workstations- one folding a 3D paper alphabet, another fiddling with a breadboard. The devs coding on one side of the room while walking on treadmills at the computer and DJ'ing the room. Anyway, I walked in and looked around, and was greeted with a tentative "Hello?" from someone at a desk*. I clarified that it was my first day of work, and that cleared things up. Bilal, the artist-in-residence, gave me a shoulder tap, and I was welcomed by Eric and Noah. *Apparently random strangers occasionally wander up the stairs. We now have a laser cut "days since a random stranger walked up the stairs" counter for the office. Noah showed me around, introducing me to the editors' corner, the marketing team, showing me the rooms along the back wall: "Office, sewing/electronics lab, office, store room, office, prize room, woodshop/laser cut room, 3D printer. Probably ask someone before you use the 3D printer. Test kitchen, game corner." And that was it. Back at his place in the editor's corner, he nodded. A brief pause, and then I asked, "Is there anything in particular I'm supposed to do?" Noah laughed. "Good question! Since you're just here for the summer, you'll be doing a lot of making stuff. You can use any of the supplies, or if you need to buy anything, let me know." There are a few other things I get to do, too. I can feature Instructables, and am encouraged to do outreach to people who aren't on Instructables but ought to be. But right now, most people in the office are working hard on entries for the Make it Real contest. So I got to work. You can check out my page for the fun things I've begun to make here at the office. A few other key points of the first day experience: -2pm check-in: everyone in the office meets around the lunch table to say what they've been doing that day. -Membership at TechShop- lots of fun toys for making things! -Picking up things from the MakerFaire -Getting project cards Since then, I've gotten some fabric and done some sewing for a project I haven't posted yet and worked with CNC paper cutting, 3D printing, taught myself Google SketchUp and Silhouette, and have begun to list all the things I'd like to work on this summer All right, that's enough writing. Time to make!

Topic by SelkeyMoonbeam 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Could dogs and cats communicate with people using this eye tracking method?

http://hackaday.com/2010/12/11/kids-type-with-their-eyes-robot-arm-prints-their-words/ This post is a few days old.   I posted a comment asking the same question on HAD, but I thought it may get more exposure here. If you've ever noticed, dogs pupils really reflect light, even visible light like from a cars headlights. I would think this system would be able to track a dog's eye movement as well. This would need to start out much simpler, to teach the animal to use the system.   Perhaps give him 2 choices, in the form of recognizable icons.   I am imagining a picture of a steak and a picture of a dog going for a walk.   Eventually the dog might learn to recognize the symbols.   Once this happens, the interface could be expanded to more choices.   I dont know if it would be possible to teach english ( or any other spoken/written language) but maybe.

Question by lbossington 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago