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August 9, 2009

Vancouver Robotics Club

Filed under: Machining,Robots — Bob @ 1:36 pm

Today was the monthly meeting of the Vancouver Robotics Club. There were some really cool projects to see. I took my Tin Can Tools Hammer project along to show everyone what I’ve been working on. Most recently I’ve been connecting it up to a touch screen using I2C. When its done I’ll post more about it.

4-legged walkerJames brought a beautiful four-legged walking robot project. Its still a work in progress but as you can see from the photos it is very well crafted. Here is a movie of it walking. James describes it as “swimming”. He wants to redesign it to add another servo to the lower leg to enable more precise movements and better walking. I’m sure it will be amazing.

Ian brought his hacked Roomba to show off, here is a movie of it wandering around the floor. At about the 6 second mark you can see him driving it from his tablet computer; his Rooma has a Bluetooth link, and he wrote some custom software to drive it around. Later in the same video (around the 10 second mark) you can see my Metal Insect robot wandering into the frame. For a while Ian was “herding” it around the room!

By the way all of the video was taken with my iPhone 3GS then resampled in QuickTime Pro to be a reasonable size download. Neat!

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